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Hyde-Smith calls for bipartisan focus on greater Capitol security

U.S. Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-Miss.), of Brookhaven, a member of the Senate Committee on Rules and Administration, Tuesday issued the following statement regarding the release of a bipartisan investigative report titled, Examining the U.S. Capitol Attack: A Review of the Security, Planning, and Response Failures on January 6:

“Discovering every failure that contributed to the disgraceful attack on the Capitol is an ongoing process.  This joint investigation pinpoints numerous security mistakes and shortcomings.  More importantly, it also makes strong recommendations to ensure destructive forces never again breach our Capitol.  Our focus should be on implementing these recommendations with bipartisan resolve.  Ensuring our U.S. Capitol Police have the intelligence and resources they need is close to my heart, and I am glad to see so many recommendations aimed at achieving that goal.”

The bipartisan report is the outcome of a joint five-month investigation by the Rules Committee and the Committee on Homeland Security and General Government.  The committees based the findings on joint oversight hearings as well as a broad investigation involving interviews with officials and reviews of thousands of documents.

The report recommends specific reforms involving the Capitol Police Board, U.S. Capitol Police, federal intelligence agencies, the Defense Department and other law enforcement agencies in the Capitol region.

Read the full text of the report and recommendations here.

Read the executive summary and recommendations here.