Lingering National Guard Presence In D.C. Costing Half A Billion Dollars


The presence of National Guard troops in Washington, D.C., is racking up a hefty bill of $500 million as threats reportedly require them to remain into early spring.

The estimate exceeds even the $480 million Bloomberg projected Thursday, according to an official who confirmed the number to The Hill, and does not include the costs incurred by the city.Approximately 26,000 guardsmen from all 50 states, as well as three U.S. territories and the District of Columbia, descended on the capital in the wake of the unrest on Jan. 6, locking down the sensitive areas around the Capitol building, National Mall, and large portions of downtown with police barricades and razor-topped fences.

Troop numbers have decreased to around 7,000 since the inauguration of President Joe Biden, with about 5,000 planning to remain until at least mid-March, in accordance with a Department of Homeland Security bulletin that warns threats remain even after the inauguration.

“Information suggests that some ideologically-motivated violent extremists with objections to the exercise of governmental authority and the presidential transition, as well as other perceived grievances fueled by false narratives, could continue to mobilize to incite or commit violence,” the bulletin said.Among the upcoming dates viewed as potentially sparking trouble are former President Donald Trump’s second impeachment trial, which begins on Feb. 9, and the original Inauguration Day on March 4, when some diehard conspiracy theorists reportedly believe Trump will be sworn in again as president.

Some Republican lawmakers are unhappy with the continued presence of guardsmen in the capital, such as Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR), who wrote in a Fox News op-ed: “I sit on the Intelligence Committee, but I’m aware of no specific, credible threat reporting — as distinguished from aspirational, uncoordinated bluster on the internet — that justifies this continued troop presence. Thus, I believe the rest of these soldiers should also go home to their families and civilian jobs.”

Acting Capitol Police Chief Yogananda Pittman disagrees, suggesting that imposing barriers and “back-up” security forces around the Capitol should remain “permanent.” As The Daily Wire reported:Officials in the nation’s capital are facing backlash after they called for “permanent fencing” to go up around the U.S. Capitol Building in response to the riot that broke out earlier this month.

Capitol Police Chief Yogananda Pittman said on Thursday that she had ordered the department to “conduct a physical security assessment of the entire Capitol Complex,” which led her to the conclusion that the fencing, which was supposed to be temporary, needed to be made permanent.

“As I noted earlier this week, even before September 11, 2001, security experts argued that more needed to be done to protect the U.S. Capitol,” she wrote. “In fact, a 2006 security assessment specifically recommended the installation of a permanent perimeter fence around the Capitol.”

“In light of recent events, I can unequivocally say that vast improvements to the physical security infrastructure must be made to include permanent fencing, and the availability of ready, back-up forces in close proximity to the Capitol,” she continued. “I look forward to working with Congress on identifying the security improvements necessary to ensure the safety and security of the Congress and the U.S. Capitol.”Sasse told the committee that “many” of them were upset because he condemned Trump’s “lies that led to a riot,” which he later emphasized “happened because the president lied to you.” When in office, said Sasse, Trump “lied about the election results for sixty days, despite losing sixty straight court challenges, many of them handed down by wonderful Trump-appointed judges. He lied by saying that the vice president could just violate his constitutional oath and declare a new winner — that wasn’t true. He then riled a mob that attacked the Capitol, many chanting, ‘hang Pence.’ If that president were a Democrat, we’d both know how you’d respond. But, because he had Republican behind his name, you’re defending him.”

 “Something has definitely changed over the last four years, but it’s not me. Personality cults aren’t conservative. Conspiracy theories aren’t conservative. Lying that an election has been stolen, is not conservative. Acting that politics is a religion  it isn’t conservative.”

Sasse is the latest Republican to face potential censure from state or local party officials. The Arizona Republican Party recently voted to censure Arizona Governor Doug Ducey, former Senator Jeff Flake and Cindy McCain. In Wyoming, GOP parties in ten counties have voted to censure Congresswoman Liz Cheney (R-WY), the third-highest ranking House Republican, for her impeachment vote, according to the Casper Star-Tribune. 

Cheney was also facing the prospect of removal from House leadership, but the majority of House Republicans overwhelmingly voted against removing her as GOP Conference Chair in a Wednesday night vote held via secret ballot.


  1. This POS article is one lie after another. Didn't even read it all.

  2. Who else finds it ridiculous we have more troops in DC's "Green Zone" than in Afghanistan and Iraq combined?

  3. Welcome to Police State US of Terror .


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