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New Shelter Built for Congress in Case of Attack on Washington

Wednesday, 24 Apr 2013 05:17 AM

By Matthew Auerbach

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Congress has a contingency plan that will allow its members to keep working in the event an attack on Washington, D.C., makes it impossible for lawmakers to convene at the U.S. Capitol, the Washington Times reports.
 
According to sources familiar with the situation, the military has constructed facilities at nearby Fort McNair where the House and Senate can meet, while Congress has also contracted with various movie theaters around the country to host the House and Senate, if attacks prevent legislators from coming together in Washington.
 
The Boston Marathon bombings have stirred memories of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, when President George W. Bush and other administration officials went deep inside the White House complex or to undisclosed locations to maintain what is called “continuity of government.”
 
Congress, however, had no place to go. Its large bunker complex at the Greenbrier resort in White Sulphur Springs, W.Va., closed in 1995.
 
Work on the Fort McNair facilities, the planning of which includes withstanding a nuclear attack but also a coordinated terrorist assault on the nation’s capital, began in the last decade.
 
When asked if the fort now hosts an emergency meeting complex for Congress, the command issued the following statement:
 
“Due to the safety and security of our installations, specifics about facilities are not released, but the Joint Force Headquarters National Capital Region and the U.S. Army Military District of Washington are committed to safeguarding our nation’s capital and elected members of our government.”

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