US Capitol Police request extension of National Guard deployment in Washington
The United States Capitol Police on Thursday requested that National Guard troops continue to provide security at the U.S. Capitol for at least another two months.
US Capitol Police Acting Chief Yogananda Pittman formally asked the Department of Defense to extend the support beyond March 12th.
Wednesday, Acting Chief Pittman testified to the House Legislative Branch Subcommittee that threats to members are up 93% during the first two months of this year compared to last year.
“The Department takes its mission seriously and will do whatever is necessary to achieve that mission,” Pittman said. “The USCP is extremely grateful for the Department of Defense and the National Guard support provided since January 6th. We understand the Guard has a tremendous service need back home responding to the COVID-19 pandemic.”
Rep. Elissa Slotkin (D-MI), a member of the House Armed Services committee said, “No one likes seeing the fortress-like security around the Capitol. And no one wants to again have a security problem in and around this symbolic place. But whether an extension has been requested or the mission is indeed terminating on March 12, it’s critical that members of Congress get a briefing on what’s behind these decisions.”
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi was asked how long the National Guard will remain in Washington, D.C. during her weekly press conference.
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