In a separate letter led by rep. Cindy Axne (D-Iowa) and Jason Crow (D-Colo.) Urged 13 Democrats to lead the House Administration Committee to allow troops and other law enforcement to use the bath and locker room. facilities in addition to dining facilities.
“It is unclear how long they may need to protect and defend the Capitol complex, and giving access to showers to freshen up can make all the difference after long shifts,” lawmakers wrote. “Additionally, we ask that you consider purchasing cribs, bedding, or other materials that allow staff who are forced to stay overnight in the Capitol complex, or those who are at rest, something comfortable.”
The photos taken in a historic building, typically open to public and school trips, underscored the ongoing threat of further violence following the January 6 uprising. Lawmakers are still fearing for their safety as Parliament accused President Donald Trump for the second time this week and Washington is preparing for President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration on Tuesday.
As of Thursday, the National Guard said it has deployed 7,000 members from states across the country to provide support for Biden’s inauguration. The Secret Service, Capitol Police and US Park Police requested assistance.