(Reuters) – US taxpayers will be on the hook for damage from a bullying attack on the US capital in Washington on Wednesday because the building and the plot are not insured, industry sources said.
Support for President Donald Trump angry at his election loss stormed the Capitol building, broke windows, removed objects inside and lit small fires outside. "Taxpayers will be on the hook for repairs at the Capitol," said Stephen Ellis, president of Taxpayers for Common Sense, a U.S. watchdog budget group.
The tab for fixing broken glass, doors and furniture as well as cleaning debris left, was still unknown.
Senator Jeff Merkley's office got a door slammed shut and art torn from the wall, according to a video from the Oregon Democrat posted on Twitter.
Congressional staff and journalists published photos of offices full of broken glass and debris, as well as a door with "MURDER THE MEDIA" scrawled into it, and a bust of former President Zachary Taylor sprinkled with red paint.
The architect of the Capitol, which oversees building preservation and maintenance, will likely have to cover part of the cost, sources say. The Agency did not respond to a request for comment.
The violence on Wednesday came as Congress counted the right to vote to certify the victory of Democrat Joe Biden. The siege of Trump supporters represents one of the most serious security delays in recent US history, say current and former law enforcement officials.
In terms of repair and remediation costs, the federal government has long considered insurance not worth the cost. [1
This position has not changed much, even after terrorists targeted the Pentagon on September 11, 2001 It cost $ 500 to $ 1 billion to fix the building, according to estimates.