Lawmakers Fight for $521M National Guard Reimbursement for DC Deployment

According to reports, there is a bipartisan group of Congressmen who are fighting for an emergency spending bill in order to reimburse $521 million to the National Guard for deploying troops to Washington D.C. during the Capitol riot in January.

Newsmax reports:

According to The Hill, the group consisting of 70 Republicans and Democrats sent letters to the leadership of both bodies this week asking for an emergency appropriation for the estimated $521 million cost of the deployment.

Military leaders announced that planned training activities for this year while have to be cancelled if action is not taken.

“Department of Defense (DOD) leadership has stated that without a commitment to reimburse the Guard by July 1, 2021, preparations will begin to cancel August and September annual training and individual duty training assemblies,” said Warnock and Bustos in a press release. “Without immediate action, the brave volunteers of our National Guard will suffer, and the National Guard Bureau estimates its readiness will decrease by 15-20%. We urge you to swiftly come to an agreement on emergency appropriations that includes full reimbursement for the National Guard.”

Some 26,000 troops were deployed to the Capitol following the January 6 riot, around 5,000 stayed until last month when the deployment ended, The Hill report said.

The soldiers, according to the DOD, would not accrue enough time of service this year to get retirement credits if the training sessions end up being canceled.

“Approximately 2,000 training schools will be canceled, affecting their readiness, pay and career progression. Ground vehicle and rotary wing operations and maintenance will be halted. Facilities will degrade, including the delay of critical fire safety projects in Maryland, Minnesota and the Virgin Islands,” their statement added. “Air National Guard flying operations will be negatively impacted as they begin recovery from the negative readiness effects of the pandemic. Without reimbursement this fiscal year, it will take years to recover our readiness.”

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