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Lawmakers seek to return National Guard soldiers to the Capitol after they were relocated to sleep in a parking garage.

  • January 22, 2021

A number of lawmakers expressed outrage on Thursday evening following news reports that the National Guard troops who had been mobilized to provide security for the inauguration of President Joseph R. Biden Jr. were told that they could no longer sleep inside the Capitol and were relocated on Thursday afternoon to the parking garage of the Thurgood Marshall Federal Judiciary Building nearby.

“This is unacceptable and must be fixed,” Senator Mark Kelly, Democrat of Arizona, wrote on Twitter. “I’ll be making my office available for any guardsmen who need it and encouraging others to do the same.” A number of other lawmakers, including Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Democrat of New York and Senator Kyrsten Sinema, Democrat of Arizona, also offered their offices.

Two Guard soldiers, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, said that they had been given no explanation as to why they were being relocated early Thursday afternoon, and said that they were without electrical power, heat and adequate restroom facilities. One Guard soldier estimated that there were 1,000 of them sharing a single portable restroom stationed outside of the parking garage.

The two Guard soldiers said that their fellow troops were breathing in exhaust fumes because the garage at the Thurgood Marshall center was still in use as a parking facility; the soldiers there, they said, were from the National Guards of Maryland, Virginia, Tennessee and Alabama.

Article source: https://www.nytimes.com/2021/01/21/us/politics/lawmakers-seek-to-return-national-guard-soldiers-to-the-capitol-after-they-were-relocated-to-sleep-in-a-parking-garage.html

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