On Friday, January 22, 2021, Rep. Michelle Steel (CA-48) sent a letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Acting House Sergeant at Arms Timothy P. Blodgett and Capitol Police Chief Yogananda Pittman seeking answers on the mistreatment of the National Guard troops who are stationed at the U.S. Capitol following this week’s inaugural event. Following the violence at the U.S. Capitol on January 6, 2021, more than 26,000 National Guard troops were deployed to Washington, D.C. ahead of President Joe Biden’s inauguration. This week it was reported that these men and women were told to evacuate the congressional buildings and use the garages and outdoor spaces for their rest breaks, instead of inside the congressional buildings. Hours after this news broke, the troops were able to go back inside, but questions remain about why and how this decision was made.
You can read an excerpt of the letter below.
“Simply put, the men and women who protect us also deserve our protection. They deserve our support, and I am writing to you today to know why our troops were treated this way. I would like to know who made the decision to move these men and women outside, with limited safe and sanitary rest areas, and what type of health and security consultations were made before making this decision.”
You can view the full letter here (pdf).
The article above was released by the office of Rep. Michelle Steel (R-CA48).