On Thursday, the U.S. House narrowly passed a nearly $2 billion measure creating a permanent National Guard force at the Capitol following the incursion on January 6th.
The Washington Examiner reports:
Most Republicans opposed the measure, which passed 213-212, with three Democratic members voting “present” and three opposing the bill. GOP lawmakers cited duplicative spending and objected to a provision that adds the National Guard to the Capitol security force.
It passed a day after Democrats and 35 Republicans voted to create a commission to investigate the Jan. 6 riot.
The Capitol perimeter has been protected by an 8-foot fence since shortly after Jan. 6. That day, hundreds of angry protesters supporting [45th] President Donald Trump pushed their way into the building, smashing doors and windows and injuring overwhelmed police officers in a quest to track down lawmakers voting to certify Joe Biden the winner of the presidential election.
Democrats tried to impeach President Trump for supposed “incitement of insurrection” to no avail, with the U.S. Senate rejecting the impeachment measure and voting to acquit Trump on all charges.
During his speech at the ellipse in front of the White House on January 6th, the 45th President directed the crowd explicitly to march “ over to the Capitol building to peacefully and patriotically make your voices heard.” He did not call for violence in any way, at least not verbally.