“Garage kept” can be great for classic cars – but for National Guard members, it can be disrespectful.
Reports of shabby treatment of National Guard troops by the US Capitol sparked bipartisan wars among lawmakers and other officials Thursday – with Texas Gov. Greg Abbott calling for the return of his state Guard members.
Thousands of National Guard troops from several states had sent out to the US Capitol to protect Wednesday’s inauguration of President Biden from threats of violence following the January 6 riots.
Pictures of Guard members sleeping on the marble floors of the Capitol quickly went viral – until they later received cots. Then came another insult on Thursday: According to reports, the guard members were suddenly asked to take their break inside a parking garage instead of inside the Capitol.
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On Thursday night, Abbott was among those who had apparently seen enough.
“I have instructed General Norris to order the return of the Texas National Guard to our state,” the Republican governor wrote on Twitter, referring to Major General Tracy Norris of the Texas National Guard.
Abbott previously protested reports that Guard members were being “investigated” over concerns about a possible “internal” attack during the Biden inauguration.
More revolt came earlier Thursday from other lawmakers and officials, both Republicans and Democrats.
Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, DN.Y., tweeted about the parking garage reports: “If this is true, it’s outrageous. I’m getting to the bottom of this.”
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U.S. Representative Elise Stefanik, RN.Y., tweeted: “This is absolutely unacceptable and contemptuous treatment of our brave and dedicated National Guard who responded to the call to serve. We need to demand answers now and this must be resolved with it same.”
Senator Kyrsten Sinema, D-Ariz., Called the treatment of Guard members “outrageous, shameful and incredibly disrespectful.”
“We need it resolved and we need answers on how it happened,” she tweeted.
Sinema was one of several legislators offering the use of its office to the guards, and around noon. 22:30 ET, she tweeted that members had all been “welcomed to the Capitol tonight. No more parking garages.”
CBS reporter Kris Van Cleave reported early on Friday that the National Guard said the troops are out of the garage and from now on taking breaks in the Emancipation Hall in the Capitol Visitor Center. He included a video of the troops leaving the garage.
Senator Tammy Duckworth, D-Ill., Confirmed that she had made several calls and had been informed that “Capitol Police have apologized to the guards and they will be allowed to return to the complex tonight. I will continue to check to make sure they are. “
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who also offered his office, confirmed that the guards were allowed to return to the Capitol and said an offer of snacks “still stands”.
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A guard told Politico that dozens of lawmakers on the day of the inauguration had taken photos with them, shook their hands and thanked them for their service. He added: “Within 24 hours, they had no further need for us and banished us to the corner of a parking garage. We feel incredibly betrayed.”
Politico reported that the unit that had used space in the Dirksen Senate’s office building was asked to move to the garage by the Capitol Police.
“After a significant uprising, it seems that right now there is movement to get guards back in the Capitol, into the visitor center,” tweeted Politico reporter Natasha Bertrand.
Politico reporter Lara Seligman said a guard source told her that “all units in the Thurgood Marshall parking garage are ordered to move to the CVC immediately.”
The U.S. Capitol Police issued a statement on the report saying, “The United States Capitol Police greatly appreciate the integrated support of the U.S. National Guard to help secure the Capitol Complex leading up to and including the inaugural ceremony. The Department is grateful for their service and our strong partnership during this time. “
It continued, “The Institute’s request for help from the National Guard included a specific number of staff who enabled the National Guard to give troops at least 12 hours off-campus and understood that this would be implemented throughout their deployment. Recently, the department requested “that the troops’ schedule was changed so that they did not work more than 8 hours of shift to provide more rest time off campus after the inauguration.”
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The guards have only used the garage for breaks between their long shifts and have recently had hotel rooms to sleep at night, Van Cleave tweeted.
A spokesman for the National Guard told Politico, “As the congress is in session and increased foot traffic and business is going on, the Capitol Police asked the troops to relocate their resting place. agility and flexible strength that ensures the Capitol and its surrounding security. Garden reviews the request so logistics and schedules can be adjusted. “
The National Guard did not immediately respond to a request from Fox News for comment.