Mar 4, 2021 - Politics & Policy

Capitol Police asks for National Guard to stay on-site for two more months

National Guard troops outside the Capitol
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U.S. Capitol Police on Thursday asked that the National Guard remain on-site for an additional 60 days due to ongoing security concerns and potential violence at the Capitol, AP reports.

Why it matters: While many lawmakers are eager for security measures surrounding the Capitol — including fencing and an increased law enforcement presence — to be lightened, the request by Capitol Police reflects concerns about ongoing threats.

  • Capitol Police announced additional security measures on Wednesday after obtaining intelligence showing "a possible plot to breach the Capitol by an identified militia group on Thursday, March 4."
  • The House canceled its session due to further FBI and Homeland Security warnings of a potential threat to the Capitol.

What they're saying: House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said at a press conference on Thursday that she'll leave decisions about the National Guard to security officials.

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