With neither a threat on the horizon nor an end date for the National Guard deployment in Washington, House Republicans want some answers from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.
About 25,000 troops were sent to D.C. for the inauguration of President Joe Biden. That number has been scheduled to drop to about 5,000 by mid-March.
Republican Rep. Lisa McClain of Michigan and other House Republicans would like to know why.
“Myself and several of my colleagues have asked Nancy Pelosi for a briefing as to ‘Why do we need these troops here?’ And we have received zero information, zero,” McClain said Monday on Fox News’ “Fox & Friends.”
“It’s amazing to me that [Pelosi] can do this without any disclosure, without any information, and just continue to spend money with no briefing,” she said of the California Democrat. “Doesn’t make sense to me.”
McClain said having National Guard troops help COVID-19 vaccination projects in Michigan is far more important than having them patrolling D.C.
“They’re talking about sending a thousand more National Guard troops from my state of Michigan [to Washington], for reasons that we don’t know,” she said.
“I would rather put those National Guard men and women to help my constituents in my state help with the distribution of the COVID relief vaccination,” McClain said.
“That, I know, is a credible threat,” she added. “This threat over here, I have no idea because we can’t even get a briefing on it.”
The congresswoman said the cost so far is $500 million, “and that number, for the taxpayers, is only going to grow if we keep them there.”
Many agree that troops should go home and Washington should no longer appear to be an armed camp.
Now that impeachment is done can DC stop having barbed wire fences and humvees around the capitol like this is a military base in Baghdad?
— Meghan McCain (@MeghanMcCain) February 15, 2021
The rest of states who have national guard in DC should recall them immediately. Waste of tax payers dollars. Another Pelosi political grandstand. @SpeakerPelosi @LeaderMcConnell @SenJohnKennedy @SenTedCruz @RandPaul @SenTomCotton @RepMattGaetz @MariaBartiromo @cvpayne
— Bill Stone (@BillSto93243697) February 15, 2021
Insanity: National Guard could stay in DC “at least through Fall 2021” (Daily Wire) as Operation Enduring Biden continues.
— Good Boy (@GoodBoy10204293) February 15, 2021
McClain, a freshman member of Congress and a member of the House Armed Services Committee, said she sees no reason to feel unsafe.
“Washington, D.C., is an absolute ghost town,” she said. “I feel completely safe. There’s no one there.”
Given that, the congresswoman said, a concrete reason for the deployment would be nice.
“Just tell me why,” she said. “I feel like there’s a boogeyman under my bed.”
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