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Pelosi says there will be heightened security for lawmakers traveling to and from D.C.

In a letter sent to her Democratic colleagues on Tuesday, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said in order to better protect lawmakers while they travel to and from Washington, D.C., Capitol Police officers will now be stationed at Baltimore/Washington International, Dulles International Airport, Reagan National Airport, and Union Station.

This is in response to the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol, which Pelosi said was "a traumatic assault targeting" members of Congress. The security of everyone who "serves and works" in the U.S. Capitol complex is "of the highest priority," Pelosi wrote, and "protecting the Capitol, which is the heart of our democracy, is essential to upholding our constitutional duty to serve those whom we are privileged to represent."

There are "serious and ongoing security threats" facing lawmakers, and it is "clear that there is a need for an emergency supplemental funding bill to meet institutional security needs," Pelosi added. "It is also clear that we will need to establish a 9/11-type commission to examine and report upon the facts, causes, and security relating to the terrorist mob attack on Jan. 6."