Congress Clears $521M to Pay for National Guard Costs Tied to Jan. 6 Attack

Members of the National Guard prepare to distribute weapons outside the U.S. Capitol in January, as security was beefed up throughout the Washington, D.C., region in advance of President-elect Joe Biden's inauguration. Photo by Stefani Reynolds/Getty Images.

Maryland National Guard troops were deployed to the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 7.

Last week, Major General Timothy E. Gowen, the adjutant general of the Maryland National Guard, sent a letter to Maryland’s congressional delegation, urging reimbursement and outlining cuts the unit faced without emergency funding.

Gowen warned that the Maryland National Guard needed an immediate cash infusion before Aug. 1 or could be forced to immediately cancel most training programs for the rest of the year.

“Most importantly, the funding limitations will mean we cannot meet our payroll requirements for our military and civilian technician workforce,” Gowen wrote. “These are the same full-time personnel that enabled a rapid and consistent response in the first days of the pandemic and sustained operations as we assisted with vaccine distribution.”

Sen. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, lauded the Senate passage of the emergency security supplemental package.

“While our democracy was under attack, members of the U.S. Capitol Police Force, the National Guard, and the D.C. Metropolitan Police stepped up to protect it. These public servants – many of whom I represent – risked their lives and answered the call when our country needed them,” Van Hollen said in a statement after the vote. “Now, our country needs to be there for them.”

Laura Olson
Laura covers the nation's capital as a senior reporter for States Newsroom. Her areas of coverage include politics and policy, lobbying, elections, and campaign finance. Before joining States Newsroom, Laura was the Washington correspondent for the Allentown Morning Call, where she covered Pennsylvania's congressional delegation, public policies affecting the state, and federal elections. She also wrote about Pennsylvania state politics for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and Capitolwire.com, and covered the California state capital for The Associated Press and the Orange County Register. A Nebraska native, Laura has a bachelor's degree from Northwestern University, where she studied journalism and political science.