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Garcia Joins House Republicans In Demanding Better Conditions For National Guard In D.C.

Congressman Mike Garcia, R-Santa Clarita, joined nearly three dozen House Republicans in sending a letter Monday demanding better living accommodations for members of the U.S. National Guard deployed to protect the U.S. Capitol from political violence.

Led by Congressman Jody Hice of Georgia, Garcia was one of 33 House Republicans who signed a letter to the Chief of Capitol Police, as well as the Acting Sergeant at Arms for both the House and the Senate, that demanded better living accommodations for members of the U.S. National Guard currently deployed to protect the U.S. Capitol.

It is unacceptable the National Guard deployed to the Capitol were placed in parking garages instead of receiving proper accommodations,” Garcia wrote in a tweet Monday. “I joined my colleagues in demanding better treatment. Any Guardsman that needs a place to stay is welcome to use my office.”

The letter comes on the heels of reports that thousands of guardsmen were ordered out of the U.S. Capitol on Thursday and “placed in parking garages or directed outside in the winter cold.”

The National Guard was deployed to D.C. in the wake of the assault on the Capitol on Jan. 6, which officials say created an “unprecedented security situation” that necessitated the guardsmen to protect the Capitol Complex.

“This rapid deployment understandably led to some early logistical confusion and adjustment with living arrangements for the National Guard stationed throughout the Capitol Complex,” the letter reads. “Yet, many of these brave servicemembers have now been deployed on Capitol Hill for several days, and it  seems that their living standards have declined rather than improved.”

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The letter itself demands “better living accommodations, safe and sanitary conditions, and full access to available amenities for the U.S. National Guard deployed to the U.S. Capitol Complex,” as well as a full explanation as to why guardsmen were ordered out of Capitol Complex buildings, and answers as to “how the National Guard will be accommodated during the remainder of their deployment and what role they will serve going forward.”

“Now that the inauguration is behind us, if there’s no additional security threat, these brave men and women should be allowed to return home to their families,” Hice said in a statement Monday. “If there remains a genuine need for the National Guard, it is imperative that we improve their conditions.”

Garcia, Hice, and all 33 of the House Republicans offered their offices to any guardsmen still deployed to the Capitol.

“Between the various buildings throughout the Capitol Complex and nearby hotels – not to mention the numerous military installations in the region – there is no excuse for soldiers to be forced into crowded and exhaust-filled garages or turned out into the dead of winter,” the letter reads. 

The full letter can be read here.

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Garcia Joins House Republicans In Demanding Better Conditions For National Guard In D.C.

7 comments

  1. It was despicable the way they were treated. Absolutely disgusting. We treat transients better than our military. Transients are offered hotels at no charge but our National Guard is in parking garages. This is only the beginning for our military. I pray for their safety. 🇺🇸

  2. Mikey- You are perhaps or not perhaps the most tone-deaf local non-leader I have encountered, ever. Were it not for the actions of former president Trump and his cult followers, including you, attempting to overturn the results of a legitimate presidential election that resulted in the insurrection at the US Capital, the National Guard would not be in Washington DC. How many more ways can you come up with to demonstrate your hypocrisy?!

  3. Righteous indignation delayed. This was an issue last week.

  4. Thank you Mike! People on the left treat our men and women in uniform like dirt when the photo ops are over. Someone needs to do something! Thanks for stepping up

  5. Damn, demonic Liberals!!

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Michael Brown has lived in Santa Clarita his whole life. Graduating from Saugus High School in 2016, he continued to stay local by attending The Master’s University, where he achieved a Bachelor's Degree in Communication. Michael joined KHTS in January of 2018 as a news intern, and has since gone on to become the News Director for the KHTS Newsroom. Since joining KHTS, Michael has covered many breaking news stories (both on scene and on air), interviewed dozens of prominent state and federal political figures, and interacted with hundreds of residents from Santa Clarita. When he is not working, Michael enjoys spending time with his family, as well as reading any comic book he can get his hands on.