WASHINGTON, D.C. (January 22, 2021)—“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.”
“Because of the MASSIVE backlash over this, we are now being allowed back into the Senate building,” one National Guard soldier told Military Times. “We’re going to make a big show of marching back into the building.”
Another soldier told Military Times that “we were in the Thurgood Marshall Judicial Center parking garage and they kicked us out of that parking garage to make us walk half a mile away to the Hart Senate Office Building parking garage where we can’t be seen.’
@SpeakerPelosi and @SenSchumer treating R #troops like 2nd class citizens —unacceptable! Enforcing mask on #federal land & buildings shouldn’t have started w the abuse of our #soldiers. You should have provided troops mask! #COVID19 ! @POTUS @GOPLeader @MarshaBlackburn pic.twitter.com/Tozb2RXHLo— beenewsdaily (@BeeNewsDaily) January 22, 2021
President Donald J. Trump’s administration begin an interagency effort in May 2020 to distribute personal protective equipment for federal employees, making deliveries to agencies providing mission-critical work to support public facing missions during the novel coronavirus outbreak.
The federal employees include our troops. The U.S. Capitol should have provided mask to the troops.
The deliveries are being coordinated by the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the Health and Human Services Department. They will go to the Veterans Affairs Department, Homeland Security Department and others, a FEMA spokesperson said. The shipments will include N95 masks—which the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has identified as the most effective in preventing the spread of COVID-19—gloves, and other equipment “specific to an agency’s needs and missions.”
The Federal Emergency Management Agency began delivered PPE to to federal agencies for employee use this week. It is unclear if the FSIS masks came from FEMA and an FSIS spokesman did not return a request for comment.