Rep. Proposes Enclosing Congress Within Plexiglas Bubble

United-States-CongressNo, it’s not an Onion headline. Indiana Republican Dan Burton wants to encase the House of Representatives within impenetrable Plexiglas for protection from the outside world. CBS News writes:

An aide to Rep. Dan Burton (R-Ind.) tells CBS News that the Indiana Republican plans to introduce legislation next week that would encase the House Gallery in “a transparent and substantial material” such as Plexiglas that would keep members of the public from being able to throw explosives or make other attacks on members on the House floor.

Burton has introduced similar legislation in the past. It reads in part, “The Architect of the Capitol shall enclose the visitors’ galleries of the House of Representatives with a transparent and substantial material, and shall install equipment so that the proceedings on the floor of the House of Representatives will be clearly audible in the galleries.”

A past version of the legislation, which will be reintroduced in the wake of the shooting of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords on Saturday, references past attacks on Congress. Among them are a 1915 bombing by a man protesting U.S. involvement in World War 1, the shooting of five members of Congress by Puerto Rican nationalists during a House vote in 1954, and a the placing of a bomb by the Weather Underground in a Senate bathroom in 1971. (The bomb went off early and no one was hurt.)

Burton is not the only lawmakers pressing for extra security precautions in the wake of the Giffords shooting. Democratic Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. of Illinois announced today that he is pushing to have members’ office budgets increased to cover additional security measures. The new GOP House cut members’ budgets by five percent last week. Jackson says that cut should be reversed and another ten percent should be added to budgets to cover installing cameras at district offices, hiring security guards and other measures.

, , ,

  • Liam_McGonagle

    Awesome. I can just imagine now these bloated oxen steaming up the plexiglas with their fetid breath.

    But I’m creeped out for another reason: Isn’t there a chance that they’d use up all the oxygen in the cage by inhaling to smell their own farts? What a horrific headline: “Paramedics Called to United States Congress as Hundred of Legislators Pass Out From Fart Asphyxiation.”

  • Liam_McGonagle

    Awesome. I can just imagine now these bloated oxen steaming up the plexiglas with their fetid breath.

    But I’m creeped out for another reason: Isn’t there a chance that they’d use up all the oxygen in the cage by inhaling to smell their own farts? What a horrific headline: “Paramedics Called to United States Congress as Hundred of Legislators Pass Out From Fart Asphyxiation.”

    • GoodDoktorBad

      Methane and sulphur dioxide……..BAD !!

  • ken vallario

    awesome…that way it will be as classy up in there as a brooklyn chinese restaurant…

  • ken vallario

    awesome…that way it will be as classy up in there as a brooklyn chinese restaurant…

  • GoodDoktorBad

    Sure, why not complete their isolation with a physical manifestation of impenetrable clue-lessness. Why not be completely out of touch just like the pope in his pope-mobile…..

    • Liam_McGonagle

      Yeah, that hangin’ out in the open air and being a target for psychotic gunmen is for chumps!

      • GoodDoktorBad

        Then perhaps they should just put an actual dome over the whole capital. I don’t approve in any way of the shooting, However, a government that needs to hide behind shields all day, implies a certain impotency and only widens the gap of already an gaping chasm between a “government by the people, for the people” and the actual reality of it. Something more akin to a kinder, gentler dictatorship.

  • Anonymous

    Sure, why not complete their isolation with a physical manifestation of impenetrable clue-lessness. Why not be completely out of touch just like the pope in his pope-mobile…..

  • Pingback: Tweets that mention Rep. Proposes Enclosing Congress Within Plexiglas Bubble | Disinformation -- Topsy.com

  • Andrew

    I envision a giant hamster ball type device that will prevent congress from bumping their heads against the corners of tables, pulling things off low shelves, or getting under the bed or behind the couch where we can’t reach them.

    • jpcbflo

      argghhh sorry Andrew! should have scrolled down before posting!

  • Andrew

    I envision a giant hamster ball type device that will prevent congress from bumping their heads against the corners of tables, pulling things off low shelves, or getting under the bed or behind the couch where we can’t reach them.

  • Anonymous

    Yeah, that hangin’ out in the open air and being a target for psychotic gunmen is for chumps!

  • jpcbflo

    why not give all politicians giant gerbil balls to move around in public?

  • jpcbflo

    why not give all politicians giant gerbil balls to move around in public?

  • jpcbflo

    argghhh sorry Andrew! should have scrolled down before posting!

  • jpcbflo

    argghhh sorry Andrew! should have scrolled down before posting!

  • http://www.zazzle.com/fantoccini* Gort
  • http://www.zazzle.com/fantoccini* Gort
  • http://voxmagi-necessarywords.blogspot.com/ VoxMagi

    I say expand on this. Build a giant plexiglass amphitheater…throw in some mixture of sharp and blunt objects…instruct them all to fight to the death on pay per view with the sole survivor getting a stay of execution and a deal to come back next season.

    GLADIATOR CONGRESS!!!!

    • E.B. Wolf

      Welcome to Thunderdome, bitch!

      • GoodDoktorBad

        “We don’t need another hero” by Tina Turner blares over the loudspeaker as the men in suits circle each other like hunting dogs…….The crowd goes wild….

  • http://voxmagi-necessarywords.blogspot.com/ VoxMagi

    I say expand on this. Build a giant plexiglass amphitheater…throw in some mixture of sharp and blunt objects…instruct them all to fight to the death on pay per view with the sole survivor getting a stay of execution and a deal to come back next season.

    GLADIATOR CONGRESS!!!!

  • grooveboss

    maybe they should enclose themselves with some transparent and substantial laws that protect everyone.

  • grooveboss

    maybe they should enclose themselves with some transparent and substantial laws that protect everyone.

  • Anonymous

    Then perhaps they should just put an actual dome over the whole capital. I don’t approve in any way of the shooting, However, a government that needs to hide behind shields all day, implies a certain impotency and only widens the gap of already an gaping chasm between a “government by the people, for the people” and the actual reality of it. Something more akin to a kinder, gentler dictatorship.

  • E.B. Wolf

    Welcome to Thunderdome, bitch!

  • Simiantongue

    As long as someone amends the proposal foregoing the air holes, I don’t mind the cost.

    “Tune in tonight, a janitor was caught trying to assassinate the house with a silicone caulking gun. News at 11″

  • Simiantongue

    As long as someone amends the proposal foregoing the air holes, I don’t mind the cost.

    “Tune in tonight, a janitor was caught trying to assassinate the house with a silicone caulking gun. News at 11″

  • Addjian14
  • Urza9814

    How are they going to overcome the tremendous amount of lift produced by all that hot air?

    • GoodDoktorBad

      Body fat….

  • Urza9814

    How are they going to overcome the tremendous amount of lift produced by all that hot air?

  • rtb61

    A reminder to politician who pass legislation only to protect themselves because they consider themselves ‘special’. You are not entitled to protect yourselves beyond the protection you are willing to provide to the general public. If your deem that protection suitable for yourself, you must first provide it for the public.
    It seems all too obvious that politicians too frequently seem all to indifferent to members of the public dying and only takes notice when one of there own is attacked and then rather acting to improve safety for all, they only focus upon protecting themselves.
    So better gun control (limits on types of weapons and who can obtain them), universal mental health care services (protecting the public from those that can not function safely) and improved political discourse (politicians take a special role and should be censured for inciting violence, hate, racism ).

  • Anonymous

    A reminder to politician who pass legislation only to protect themselves because they consider themselves ‘special’. You are not entitled to protect yourselves beyond the protection you are willing to provide to the general public. If your deem that protection suitable for yourself, you must first provide it for the public.
    It seems all too obvious that politicians too frequently seem all to indifferent to members of the public dying and only takes notice when one of there own is attacked and then rather acting to improve safety for all, they only focus upon protecting themselves.
    So better gun control (limits on types of weapons and who can obtain them), universal mental health care services (protecting the public from those that can not function safely) and improved political discourse (politicians take a special role and should be censured for inciting violence, hate, racism ).

  • Anonymous

    Methane and sulphur dioxide……..BAD !!

  • Anonymous

    Methane and sulphur dioxide……..BAD !!

  • Anonymous

    Body fat….

  • Anonymous

    Body fat….

  • Anonymous

    “We don’t need another hero” by Tina Turner blares over the loudspeaker as the men in suits circle each other like hunting dogs…….The crowd goes wild….

  • cosmicserpent

    Politics are a dirty business. Shit is getting rlly crazzy nowdays. They’re getting extra cautious AND paranoid as SHIT! As Robert Anton Wilson says (paraphrased), “They are more afraid of us than we are of them.” Ha fuckers.

  • Anonymous

    Politics are a dirty business. Shit is getting rlly crazzy nowdays. They’re getting extra cautious AND paranoid as SHIT! As Robert Anton Wilson says (paraphrased), “They are more afraid of us than we are of them.” Ha fuckers.