House Republicans ask for briefing on threats keeping National Guard in DC

House Republicans ask for briefing on threats keeping National Guard in DC
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House Republicans are asking acting Army Secretary John Whitley for a briefing on threats to the U.S. Capitol that are keeping the National Guard in Washington, D.C., through mid-March.

A coalition of 11 GOP lawmakers led by Rep. Michael WaltzMichael WaltzHouse lawmakers push for diplomatic boycott of Beijing Olympics Overnight Defense: US to evacuate Afghan allies at end of July | Biden meets with final top US commander in Afghanistan | Weapons buyer nominee withdraws amid IG probe US to evacuate Afghans who assisted US military MORE (R-Fla.) sent a letter on Wednesday to Whitley for information about the “the ongoing threats to the Capitol, justification of the decision for a significant troop presence through mid- March, and plans for troop utilization during the time period.”

The letter comes after Pentagon officials said Monday that about 5,000 National Guardsmen will remain in D.C. through mid-March, when former President TrumpDonald TrumpSenators introduce bipartisan infrastructure bill in rare Sunday session Gosar's siblings pen op-ed urging for his resignation: 'You are immune to shame' Sunday shows - Delta variant, infrastructure dominate MORE’s impeachment trial is expected to end.

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Whitley said during a news conference that the Pentagon received four requests for the Guard to remain in D.C. over fears of threats to officials and the city after the Jan. 6 riot at the Capitol that resulted in five deaths.

“The Guard has endured unprecedented stress on the force in the past year given COVID-19, social unrest, natural disasters and ongoing overseas requirements. The National Guard should be used as an option of absolute last resort,” the lawmakers wrote.

“We are seeking clarification and justification on behalf of the National Guard men and women that have kept us safe over the past month and year.”

The letter was also signed by GOP Reps. William TimmonsWilliam Evan TimmonsDemocrats seek staffer salary boost to compete with K Street Financial market transactions should not be taxed or restricted The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Infrastructure, Cheney ouster on deck as Congress returns MORE (S.C.), Elise StefanikElise Marie StefanikStefanik calls Cheney 'Pelosi pawn' over Jan. 6 criticism GOP up in arms over Cheney, Kinzinger GOP's Banks burnishes brand with Pelosi veto MORE (N.Y.), Chris StewartChris StewartNew mask guidelines trigger backlash It's time to call the 'Ghost Army' what they are: Heroes Students sue Atlanta police after being shocked with a stun gun, pulled from car MORE (Utah), Anthony GonzalezAnthony GonzalezSix takeaways: What the FEC reports tell us about the midterm elections Pro-impeachment Republicans outpace GOP rivals in second-quarter fundraising Governors' races see flood of pro-Trump candidates MORE (Ohio), Lance GoodenLance GoodenGOP lawmakers demand answers on withheld restitution following Nassar revelation Hillicon Valley: Biden: Social media platforms 'killing people' | Tech executives increased political donations amid lobbying push | Top House antitrust Republican forms 'Freedom from Big Tech Caucus' Top House antitrust Republican forms 'Freedom from Big Tech Caucus' MORE (Texas), Chip RoyCharles (Chip) Eugene RoyHouse GOP stages mask mandate protest House clears .1 billion Capitol security bill, sending to Biden House at war over Jan. 6 inquiry, mask mandate MORE (Texas), Kelly Armstrong (N.D.), Gregory Murphy (N.C.), Dusty Johnson (S.D.) and Russ Fulcher (Idaho).

Roughly 25,000 guardsmen were deployed to D.C. for President BidenJoe BidenGOP report on COVID-19 origins homes in on lab leak theory READ: The .2 trillion Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act Senators introduce bipartisan infrastructure bill in rare Sunday session MORE’s inauguration due to security concerns after a mob of Trump supporters stormed the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6. The number of guards have since shrunk to 13,000, and the number is expected to reach 7,000 by the end of the week.