The troops were expected to leave the city March 12, a Capitol Police statement said, but are needed in light of current intelligence. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin and U.S. Army officials would have to approve.
The bill requires the National Guard to work with the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency and the Department of Health to develop a plan that identifies how the guard could support the state with logistics and preparation for future community vaccination clinics.
The area around the Capitol has been blocked off by barricades, and the National Mall is already closed to the public across its entire length — from the Capitol down to the Lincoln Memorial, 2 miles away.
Metropolitan Police Chief Robert Contee said the Inauguration has been designated as a “special security event” adding that the final numbers of troops would come from the Secret Service, leaving open the possibility the numbers could fluctuate.
Sund contradicts claims made by officials after Wednesday’s assault on Capitol Hill. Sund’s superiors said previously that the National Guard and other additional security support could have been provided, but no one at the Capitol requested it.