National Guard troops were again allowed to rest in the Capitol after being told to move. That request sent some to a parking garage, officials said.
The senators were outraged on Thursday evening Politico reported that the Capitol Police had asked the troops to move their rest area and some ended up in the garage.
Senator Tammy Duckworth, D-Illinois, said the Capitol police had apologized until 10:30 p.m. to the guards, who were allowed to return to the complex Thursday night.
Army Brig. General Janeen Birckhead, initiation group commander, confirmed that the troops have been out of the parking garage and back at the Capitol and will be taking breaks near the Emancipation Hall in the future.
Duckworth, an Iraq war veteran who lost her legs when the helicopter she was piloting was hit by a rocket-propelled shell and crashed in 2004, said it was “unreal” to force troops out of the Capitol.
“I can’t believe the same brave soldiers we asked for the protection of our Capitol and Constitution over the past two weeks will be summarily ordered to evacuate the building,” said Duckworth wrote in a tweet.
The Washington, DC National Guard said earlier Thursday that they were asked by Capitol Police to move their rest area.
“During the congressional session and the increase in foot traffic and business, the Capitol Police urged the troops to move their rest area. They were temporarily moved to the Thurgood Marshall Judicial Center garage with heating and toilet facilities,” said the DC Guard.
“We remain an agile and flexible force in keeping the Capitol and its surroundings safe,” he said.
Security details require a break so troops can get out of the weather, the DC Guard said.
Capitol police did not immediately respond to a request for comment after the senators said the situation was resolved and an apology was made.
Senate majority leader Chuck Schumer, D-New York, promised to investigate the situation.
Some lawmakers had offered to leave troops in their offices.
“Congress is in session, but the buildings are still closed to the public, giving the troops plenty of room to take a break,” said Senator Tom Cotton, R-Arkansas, who is also a veteran and is in Iraq and Germany served in Afghanistan. tweeted.
Troops were seen in the days following the uprising and before the President’s inauguration rest on the marble floors between layers of the Capitol.
National Guard troops from across the country were sent to Washington to provide assistance. Almost 26,000 were sent.
About 10,600 were on duty Thursday afternoon, and arrangements were made to send 15,000 home as soon as possible, the National Guard Bureau said.