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After Bipartisan Uproar, Guardsmen in DC Return to Warm Quarters

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After Bipartisan Uproar, Guardsmen in DC Return to Warm Quarters

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Democrats and Republicans in Congress don’t agree on much these days, but putting National Guardsmen out in the cold quickly brought the politicians together late Thursday. Thousands of the guardsmen who have been protecting the Capitol Complex for more than two weeks since the Jan. 6 riot were told yesterday by the U.S. Capitol Police (USCP) to pack up and move out of the area they were guarding. The guardsmen were sleeping and resting at various points around the U.S. Capitol, including in congressional office facilities and the Capitol Visitors Center. The removal order meant retreating into nearby cold, unheated parking garages and elsewhere outside whenever guardsmen took breaks from their 12-hour duty stints. Many faced the cold night in facilities without adequate heat, electrical outlets, Internet reception or bathrooms. Word of the guardsmen’s plight spread quickly in the early evening thanks in part to a news story in Politico, …

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