Rep. David Rouzer says he’ll feel safe at inauguration tomorrow

Published: Jan. 19, 2021 at 11:17 AM EST
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WASHINGTON (Gray DC) - North Carolina Republican Congressman David Rouzer (R-NC) said he feels safe attending the inauguration of Joe Biden and Kamala Harris outside of the U.S. Capitol Wednesday.  This will be his second inauguration as a Congressman.

Biden is expected to be sworn in at noon on the West Front of the Capitol with a much smaller audience than past inaugurations.  The public has attended presidential inaugurations throughout our country’s history, but this year the coronavirus is putting a stop to that tradition.  Most of the events surrounding the occasion this year are virtual.

There will be a strong military presence at the event.  Officials estimate 25,000 National Guardsmen will be in D.C. securing the city after the January 6 riots on the US Capitol grounds and inside the building.  Rouzer said the added security brings him peace of mind.

“I anticipate that everyone is going to feel perfectly safe.  Lot of attention and attention to detail is being paid to ensure the safety of everyone who is there.  And I think it’s important for the country for as many of us to attend as possible,” said Rouzer.

Looking ahead to a new congressional term, Rouzer said he hopes to bridge divides and work closely with both parties on COVID relief.  He already received both doses of the vaccine, and said the country’s priority should be vaccinating people as quickly as  possible.

He will also continue to serve on the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee.  Rouzer said he hopes to push a bipartisan infrastructure bill through Congress, to improve roads, bridges and broadband internet.

Congress returns to session Jan. 21 after inauguration.

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