Capitol Police

Russell Building Evacuated After Fire
Saturday night incident under investigation, building still closed Sunday

A fire broke out in the Russell Senate Office Building Saturday night. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Fire and smoke in the Russell Senate Office Building prompted an evacuation Saturday night. The building remains closed Sunday morning.

Capitol Police and the Architect of the Capitol personnel are conducting an investigation and all other personnel will be restricted from entering the building.

Federal Court Orders Capitol Police to Negotiate With Officer’s Union
Legal battle has roots in stalled talks over new contract, terminations

A federal court ordered the Capitol Police department to negotiate with the union. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

A federal court has ordered the Capitol Police back to the bargaining table with the officers’ union.

In a decision last week, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit granted a petition to make the department and the union negotiate a new contract, while dismissing the Capitol Police’s appeal over whether the union could challenge employees’ terminations through arbitration.

Free, Quick and Convenient: Flu Shots at the Capitol
Office of the Attending Physician administers vaccines throughout the campus

Free flu shots for all congressional ID holders are available from the Office of the Attending Physician. Above, Kentucky Rep. Brett Guthrie gets his flu vaccination during a health fair in the Rayburn Building in September 2014. (Tom Williams / CQ Roll Call file photo)

Election Day is just around the corner, but flu season is already here. Anyone with a congressional ID can get a free flu shot — and mostly without a wait — right in the Capitol.

The Office of the Attending Physician administers flu shots at 10 locations across the Capitol complex each fall. The internal website for the OAP showed that all locations still had the vaccine in stock as of Thursday, but staffers told Roll Call they have been encouraged to get theirs soon because the OAP has limited supplies of the immunization. 

Watch: Cannon House Office Building Evacuated
 

The Cannon House Office building was evacuated Thursday morning, one day after several prominent Democrats, including Rep. Maxine Waters and Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, were targets of mailed explosive devices. Capitol Police began letting congressional staffers back into the building around 1 p.m.

Capitol Police Investigate Another Suspicious Package; Senate Staff Warned of Mail Threats
Democratic Rep. Maxine Waters was apparent intended target

Suspicious packages containing potential explosive devices have been sent to prominent Democrats, including Hillary and Bill Clinton and Barack Obama. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

A Capitol Police explosive ordnance team was dispatched to a House of Representatives mail processing facility in Capitol Heights, Maryland, following a string of suspected explosive devices sent to prominent Democrats.

The package in question was addressed to California Democratic Rep. Maxine Waters

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Mitch McConnell Thanks Capitol Police Following Kavanaugh Chaos — But Takes Aim at the Left
Senate Majority Leader decries ‘mob tactics’

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell thanks Capitol Police Tuesday. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Tuesday praised Capitol Police  for their work as Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court was underway — but also took a few verbal shots at the “far left.”

“To the men and women of the United States Capitol Police and all the other law enforcement officers who kept members, staff and citizens safe, even in extremely difficult and often hostile circumstances, we really can’t thank them enough,” he said in his opening remarks on the Senate floor.

Tensions Over Kavanaugh Drive Senate Into Tightened Security
Online posting of personal information, Capitol altercations prompt bigger footprint

There is a heightened security posture on Capitol Hill as tensions rise over the Brett Kavanaugh nomination to the Supreme Court. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Tensions over the Supreme Court nomination of Brett Kavanaugh and sexual assault allegations against him have driven the Senate to a heightened security posture, as some lawmakers fended off protesters and others saw their personal information released online.

Demonstrators, many of them sexual assault survivors, have flooded the Capitol in recent days to share their stories and urge Republican senators to reject the Kavanaugh nomination. Close-up exchanges between protesters and senators, including in elevators and at airports, have led to additional security measures, especially for Senate Judiciary Committee members.

Threats Against Jeff Flake and Chuck Grassley Prompt Additional Security
Move comes amid contentious debate over Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh

Sen. Jeff Flake is under additional security in response to threats against him. (Photo By Sarah Silbiger/CQ Roll Call)

At least two key Republican senators who found themselves in the center of a firestorm last week over Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court have been assigned special protection due to threats as well as crowd control issues. 

Multiple Capitol Police officers confirmed Friday that teams of uniformed officers were moving with Sens. Jeff Flake and Charles E. Grassley. The latter chairs the Judiciary Committee, which heard testimony Thursday from Kavanaugh and Christine Blasey Ford, who has accused the nominee of sexual assault decades ago when both were in high school. Flake, a Judiciary member, helped broker a deal to delay a floor vote on Kavanaugh to allow for an FBI investigation into allegations against him by Ford and others. 

56 Arrested Demonstrating Support for Christine Blasey Ford
Protesters rally against nomination of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh

Capitol Police arrested 56 protesters who were demonstrating support for Christine Blasey Ford.(Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Capitol Police arrested 56 protesters Thursday who flooded Senate office buildings  to voice opposition to Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and express support for his accuser, Christine Blasey Ford.

Thirty-three protesters were arrested outside of Senate Judiciary Chairman Charles E. Grassley’s office in the Hart Building on Thursday afternoon. The demonstrators were charged with “crowding, obstructing, or incommoding.” Earlier in the day, Capitol Police arrested 23 protesters outside the Dirksen Building office of Tennessee Republican Sen. Bob Corker for “unlawful demonstration activities.” They faced the same charges.