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DC – MILITARY – ‘Not warranted’: Armed Services leaders call for National Guard drawdown at Capitol

WASHINGTON EXAMINER – March 11, 2021 – The top Republican and Democrat on the House Armed Services Committee declared Thursday there is no need for the National Guard at the U.S. Capitol, jointly calling for a “measured drawdown.” “We are deeply troubled by the current level of security around the United States Capitol,” Chairman Adam Smith of Washington and ranking member Mike Rogers of Alabama said in a statement. “It’s time for us to review what level of security is required, so they can return home to their families and communities,” the duo wrote more than two months after pro-Trump rioters breached the Capitol on Jan. 6. “The present security posture is not warranted at this time.”

The two leaders acknowledged that “some level of support from the National Guard should remain” in the capital region to respond to “credible threats against the Capitol” while the U.S. Capitol Police builds its personnel capacity. The lawmakers also drew attention to the cost, which had been estimated at $483 million for the original mission end date Friday, but will now cost taxpayers at least half a billion dollars with the mission extension until May 23.  [full article]

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