In a separate letter led by Reps. Cindy Axne (D-Iowa) and Jason Crow (D-Colo.), 13 Democrats called on the leaders of the House Administration Committee to allow the troops and other law enforcement to use shower and locker room facilities, in addition to dining facilities.
“It is unclear how long they may need to protect and defend the Capitol complex, and providing access to showers to freshen up can make all the difference after long shifts,” the lawmakers wrote. “Additionally, we ask that you consider the procurement of cots, bedding, or other materials that would allow personnel forced to overnight in the Capitol complex or those on rest status some comfort.”
The images, taken in a historical building typically open to public tours and school field trips, underscored the ongoing threat of additional violence after the insurrection on Jan. 6. Lawmakers still fear for their safety as the House impeached President Donald Trump for a second time this week and Washington prepares for President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration on Wednesday.
As of Thursday, the National Guard said it has deployed 7,000 members from states across the country to provide support for Biden’s inauguration. The Secret Service, Capitol Police and U.S. Park Police requested the help.