Tim Ryan, Rosa DeLauro giving free coffee and donuts to National Guard stationed at Capitol
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A pair of House Democrats is offering a free caffeine fix to National Guard members working at the Capitol ahead of the inauguration.

Reps. Tim RyanTimothy (Tim) RyanTim Ryan: Prosecutors reviewing video of Capitol tours given by lawmakers before riot Acting chief acknowledges police were unprepared for mob Six ways to visualize a divided America MORE (Ohio) and Rosa DeLauroRosa DeLauroKey Democrat unveils plan to restore limited earmarks Acting chief acknowledges police were unprepared for mob Democratic women sound alarm on female unemployment MORE (Conn.) announced Friday that they'll provide no-cost coffee and donuts from 7:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. daily in the House dining rooms for the troops and other public safety workers.

Ryan and DeLauro, who both serve on the House Appropriations Committee, said that they also arranged for a Dunkin' located in the Longworth House Office Building to be open 24 hours a day through the inauguration on Wednesday for guards working overnight shifts.


"While a cup of coffee and a donut might not seem that important, these true patriots deserve a little bit of normalcy in the most unnormal of times as they stand on the front lines to protect our nation’s way of governance," the lawmakers said in a joint statement about the move.

The sweets and cups of Joe, Ryan and DeLauro said, are part of an effort "to ensure these patriots are able to do their job as comfortably and efficiently as possible."

Other amenities are also being considered, the two Democrats added.

A day earlier, DeLauro and Rep. Betty McCollumBetty Louise McCollumTim Ryan, Rosa DeLauro giving free coffee and donuts to National Guard stationed at Capitol House Democrats request cots for National Guard troops stationed in Capitol OVERNIGHT ENERGY: Biden eyes new leadership at troubled public lands agency | House progressives tout their growing numbers in the chamber at climate rally | Trump administration pushes for rollback of Arctic offshore drilling regulations MORE (D-Minn.) called on the Army to provide cots for the National Guardsmen stationed at the Capitol after photos were published of troops sleeping on the floor alongside their firearms.

Sen. Pat ToomeyPatrick (Pat) Joseph ToomeySasse rebuked by Nebraska Republican Party over impeachment vote Philly GOP commissioner on censures: 'I would suggest they censure Republican elected officials who are lying' Toomey censured by several Pennsylvania county GOP committees over impeachment vote MORE is also providing troops protecting the Capitol with a sugar rush. The office of the Pennsylvania Republican — who has famously kept a Senate chamber candy drawer fully stocked with an array of confections since 2015 — put the sweet stash to good use on Friday by crafting care packages for the National Guard. 


GOP Reps. Vicky HartzlerVicky Jo HartzlerJill Biden visits Capitol to thank National Guard Tim Ryan, Rosa DeLauro giving free coffee and donuts to National Guard stationed at Capitol Top Republican congressional aide resigns, rips GOP lawmakers who objected to Biden win MORE (Mo.) and Mike Waltz (Fla.) got in on the giving action earlier this week, serving up some pizza slices to the service members. 

National Guard troops were deployed to the Capitol following last week’s deadly attack on the building by pro-Trump crowds protesting Congress's certification of President-elect Joe BidenJoe BidenSenate Democrats negotiating changes to coronavirus bill Rural Americans are the future of the clean energy economy — policymakers must to catch up WHO official says it's 'premature' to think pandemic will be over by end of year MORE's Electoral College win.

The Army confirmed Friday that as many as 25,000 National Guardsmen will be in the nation's capital for Biden’s inauguration.

—Updated at 4:34 p.m.