UPDATED 7:40 PM PT – Thursday, March 4, 2021
Rep. Michael Waltz (R-Fla.) is among several members of Congress who are demanding answers on increased security measures at the Capitol. What was supposed to be a temporary stay of National Guard troops and other reinforcements after January 6 seems to be more permanent.
Washington DC has been under military occupation the entire time Biden has been in office
— Neanderthal Scholar Poso (@JackPosobiec) March 4, 2021Republicans have called for the razor wire fencing and troop presence to come down if no credible and imminent threat of violence exists. Waltz said he has repeatedly requested the intelligence briefings that continually get cited, but are never shown.
“All I get back is, ‘well, there is online chatter,’” Waltz stated. “But there is no specific threat — that I am aware of that I have seen…or any other member of Congress that I’ve talked to has seen — that requires more soldiers than we have in Iraq and Afghanistan combined.”
This is how many people showed up to the Capitol today pic.twitter.com/QrvudChm5Y
— Neanderthal Scholar Poso (@JackPosobiec) March 4, 2021Congressman Waltz said the troops are needed back in their states to help with COVID vaccine distribution and to be with their families. However, Democrat leadership said National Guard troops should stay as long as necessary while a review of Capitol security wraps up.
At least one Democrat lawmaker and former CIA analyst Rep. Elissa Slotkin (D-Mich.) joined GOP calls for a congressional briefing on the matter.
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.
— Rep. Elissa Slotkin (@RepSlotkin) March 4, 2021Waltz said this request is not unusual and is typically something that happens when certain criteria are met.
We all have the same goal: to get back to the point where Capitol Police is capable of protecting us without the Guard’s help, and all parties feel confident we can protect the people’s business.
— Rep. Elissa Slotkin (@RepSlotkin) March 4, 2021“If there is a threat that is so dire, again it requires a brigade of troops to defend our Capitol,” Waltz noted. “Then not only should lawmakers know about it, the American people should know about it.”
If the Pentagon does grant a 60-day extension for the National Guard past March 12, the expense will fall on taxpayers. Additionally, the Defense Department’s estimated cost of $500 million to keep National Guard troops at the Capitol through mid-March would likely surge into the billions.

Original Story: National Guard presence on Capitol Hill sparks bipartisan calls for answers

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