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National Guard Troops Return to Capitol After Being ‘Banished’ to Parking Garage

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National Guard Troops Return to Capitol After Being ‘Banished’ to Parking Garage

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National Guard troops who were “banished” to a parking garage after being asked to leave parts of the U.S. Capitol, have since been allowed back in, officials said. “Brig. Gen. Janeen Birckhead, Inauguration Task Force Commander, confirms that troops are out of the garage and back into the Capitol building as authorized by the USCP Watch Commander and the troops will take their breaks near Emancipation Hall going forward,” according to a statement to Military Times by Air Force Maj. Matthew Murphy, a National Guard Bureau spokesman. “Our troops are going to hotel rooms or other comfortable accommodations at the end of their shifts.” After being deployed to reinforce security efforts in the capital ahead of President Joe Biden’s inauguration, thousands of National Guard members were told they could no longer access parts of the U.S. Capitol Complex, including a Senate office cafeteria used as a rest area, a move first …

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