Capitol police close entrances due to sequester cuts


Longer lines at congressional offices are serving as a regular reminder to lawmakers that they failed to reach an agreement to avoid the sequester.

The U.S. Capitol Police closed more than a dozen pedestrian entrances and vehicular-access points on the Hill because of government-wide spending cuts that took effect March 1.

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All told, Capitol police have closed nine pedestrian entrances and four vehicle-access points, in addition to reducing hours for three other entryways at congressional offices, according to spokesman  Shennell S. Antrobus.

“I can confirm door closures will have an impact on the time it takes for entry into the buildings,” Antrobus said. “However, we are doing our best to redirect staff and visitors to open entrances to minimize inconveniences.”

The agency has estimated that the sequester will force it to cut $18 million and $22 million from its budget. Antrobus said the agency has already deferred non-personnel expenses and halted hiring to prepare for the reductions.

To learn more about how spending cuts have affected the legislative branch, read these two stories from The Washington Post.

The Post has also produced a chart that tracks sequester impacts government-wide.

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Josh Hicks covers the federal government and anchors the Federal Eye blog. He reported for newspapers in the Detroit and Seattle suburbs before joining the Post as a contributor to Glenn Kessler’s Fact Checker blog in 2011.
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