Local lawmakers talk about Capitol lockdown

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (WKBN) — It started with gunfire ringing outside the White House on Thursday and turned into a police chase to the Capitol Building.

It ended with more gunfire, one woman dead, two police officers injured and Congress on lockdown.

“We saw a lot of police cars, then we heard shots, and then the police told us to go back. We were simply walking back to our office,” said U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio.

Brown was near the Capitol when the shots were fired. Other local elected officials were inside their offices when this all happened.

The lockdown lasted about an hour, and the House returned to session, but the Senate took the rest of the day off. It was a lost day in the middle of a government shutdown.

“There really has not been any progress. Pretty stagnant as far as any new movements, has not been any take at all,” said U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan, D-Niles.

“Have you ever heard of a negotiating meeting and not negotiating? But that is exactly what happened,” said U.S. Rep. Bill Johnson, R-Marietta.

Johnson said the House will continue to send spending bills to the Senate in hopes that the two sides can compromise.

“To originate funding bills, which is what the Constitution says the House is supposed to do, in the hope that the president and the Senate come back to the table and let’s talk about these things,” Johnson said.

Police in Washington said the government shutdown did not affect the amount of officers that were at the White House and on Capitol Hill.

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