Mass Amounts Of National Guard Troops Forced Into D.C. Parking Garage — Return To Capitol Hill Amid Mayhem

National Guard troops at the U.S. Capitol sparked outrage among lawmakers and other officials due to housing conditions during the invasion of the Capitol, according to Fox News.

One Guardsman said on the day of the inauguration dozens of lawmakers had taken photos with them, shook their hands, and thanked them for their service.

“Within 24 hours, they had no further use for us and banished us to the corner of a parking garage. We feel incredibly betrayed.”

“I have instructed General Norris to order the return of the Texas National Guard to our state,” the Republican governor Major Gen. Tracy Norris wrote on Twitter.

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said, “If this is true, it’s outrageous. I will get to the bottom of this.”

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Rep. Madison Cawthorn said, “No soldier will ever, ever sleep on a garage floor in the US Capitol while I work in Congress.”

U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanik tweeted, “This is absolutely unacceptable and despicable treatment of our brave and dedicated National Guard who answered the call to serve. We need to demand answers now and this needs to be fixed immediately.”

Sen. Kyrsten Sinema said, “outrageous, shameful, and incredibly disrespectful.”

“We need it fixed and we need answers on how it happened,” she tweeted.

Sen. Tammy Duckworth said, “Capitol Police have apologized to the Guardsmen and they will be allowed back into the complex tonight. I’ll keep checking to make sure they are.”

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who also offered her office, confirmed the Guardsmen were being allowed back in the Capitol and said an offer of snacks “still stands.”

Politico reported the unit that had been using space in the Dirksen Senate Office building were asked to move to the garage by the Capitol Police.

“After significant outcry, it seems like there is movement right now to get Guard members back inside the Capitol, into the visitors center,” Natasha Bertrand, tweeted.

Lara Seligman said a Guard source told her “all units at the Thurgood Marshall parking garage are ordered to relocate to the CVC (Capitol Visitors Center) immediately.”

The U.S. Capitol Police put out a statement on the report saying, “The United States Capitol Police immensely appreciates the integral support of the U.S. National Guard in helping to secure the Capitol Complex leading up to, and including the Inaugural ceremony. The Department is grateful for their service and our strong partnership during this time.”

“The Department’s request for National Guard assistance included a specific number of personnel to allow the National Guard to provide, at a minimum, 12 hours of off-campus rest time for the troops, and understood that this would be carried out throughout their deployment. Recently, the Department requested that the troops’ schedules be changed so they work no more than 8-hour shifts to allow for more off-campus rest time post-Inauguration.”

The Guardsmen have been using the garage only for breaks between their long shifts and have hotel rooms to sleep in at night, Van Cleave tweeted.

A spokesman for the National Guard said, “As Congress is in session and increased foot traffic and business is being conducted, Capitol Police asked the troops to move their rest area. They were temporarily relocated to the Thurgood Marshall Judicial Center garage with heat and restroom facilities. We remain an agile and flexible force to provide for the safety and security of the Capitol and its surrounding areas. The Guard is reviewing the request so that logistics and schedules can be adjusted.”


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