Blanton, who in his role is responsible for the maintenance, care and security of the Capitol complex, said he did not think he would be able to access the building on the day Trump supporters breached the Capitol. Blanton said that instead he installed a “mobile command center” in the government-issued vehicle that he alleged was abused.
“But you didn’t come – because you said you couldn’t come to campus, which I find very bad, sir,” Rep. Stephanie Bice, R-Okla., told Blanton at the hearing. “The fact that you say, ‘I can’t get in’ – I can’t fathom that.” Biden eventually fired Blanton on February 13.
The hearing “brought to light the importance of the position and the need to modernize the teaching process,” Steil said in a statement. “This bill would give Congress sole responsibility for choosing new leadership and, if necessary, the authority to hold bad actors accountable.”
Klobuchar urged patience after Blanton’s firing in February as Congress begins the process of finding a new architect, which can sometimes take more than a year.
It took 436 days to fill the role after he retired in 1995 and 1,193 days after a vacancy in 2007. Before the Senate confirmed Blanton, the role had been open for 391 days, according to a 2021 Congressional Research Service report.