Bipartisan Outcry as National Guardsmen Told to Sleep in Parking Garage

Headline Roundup January 22nd, 2021

After reportedly being told to take their breaks in a parking garage Thursday, thousands of National Guardsmen in Washington D.C. have been allowed back inside the Capitol Complex to take their rest time. Photos showing troops sleeping on the floor of the parking garage quickly went viral on social media, prompting lawmakers on both sides of the aisle to condemn the move as disrespectful. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) and freshman Rep. Madison Cawthorn (R-N.C.), who are typically polar opposites on matters of policy, each took to Twitter to express support for the troops and offer their government office spaces as places to rest. Many others in both major parties did the same.

Reports on both sides of the media spectrum were often similar, and focused on the bipartisan nature of the outcry. Some right-rated outlets focused more on responses from Republican lawmakers; some left-rated sources concentrated more on how Democrat lawmakers responded.

Bipartisan Outcry as National Guardsmen Told to Sleep in Parking Garage

From the Center
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National Guard troops forced to move out of the Capitol complex Thursday evening have been allowed to return following an outpouring of outrage from lawmakers and the public.

“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...

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From the Right
2425

"Garage kept" may be great for classic cars -- but for National Guard members it may be disrespectful.

Reports of shabby treatment of National Guard troops at the U.S. Capitol were sparking bipartisan outrage among lawmakers and other officials Thursday -- with Texas Gov. Greg Abbott calling for the return home of his state's Guard members.

Thousands of National Guard troops from several states had deployed to the U.S. Capitol to protect Wednesday's inauguration of President Biden against threats of violence following the Jan. 6 riot.

Photos of Guard members...

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From the Left
2425

Members of the National Guard have been allowed back into the Capitol Complex after a slate of lawmakers voiced their outrage at guardsmen being banished to a parking garage as a rest area, a guardsman told CNN.

The Guard will now be allowed to rest in the US Capitol Visitor Center, the guardsman said.

The change comes after thousands of National Guardsmen were moved to a parking garage after they were told they could no longer use space within the US Capitol Complex, including areas like the cafeteria of a...

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