McCarthy Plans To Reopen Capitol To The Public

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy of Calif., speaks at a news conference on the steps of the Capitol in Washington, Thursday, July 29, 2021, to complain about Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., the leadership of President Joe Biden, and guidelines on face masks by the Centers for Disease Control. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

At a glance

  • House Minority Leader Rep. Kevin McCarthy plans to reopen the U.S. Capitol to the general public when the next Congress is seated in January.
  • Over the 117th Congress, much of the Capitol, particularly the House of Representatives, remained inaccessible to members of the public.
  • McCarthy, the favorite to become the next House Speaker, also is likely to rescind a controversial decision to place metal detectors outside the House chamber doors, with all members required to pass through them and those who refuse being fined beginning Jan. 12, 2021, per CNN. The Senate does not have such a requirement.

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