May 19, 2021
U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) and U.S. Rep. Mike Rogers (R-Ala.), the Ranking Members of the Senate and House Armed Services Committees, released a joint statement opposing the creation of a Quick Reaction Force in the D.C. National Guard in H.R. 3237, the Emergency Security Supplemental to Respond to January 6 Appropriations Act:
“We firmly oppose creating a D.C. National Guard Quick Reaction Force,” Rogers and Inhofe said. “The National Guard went above and beyond to protect the Capitol since January 6, but it’s time they return home and focus on their core mission. Security of the Capitol Complex must remain the responsibility of federal civilian law enforcement. Lieutenant General Honoré’s task force recommended that lawmakers consider the creation of a federal civilian law enforcement Quick Reaction Force. A civilian force, instead of a Guard force, would have numerous benefits: it improves the range of law enforcement capabilities, streamlines operations beyond the Capitol, and would likely cost much less than tapping the National Guard for this purpose.
“Use of the uniformed military in D.C. and the Capitol Complex is subject to complex statutory restrictions, and for good reason. We cannot and should not militarize the security of the Capitol Complex. Further, Congress has held precisely no hearings to examine the creation of a Quick Reaction Force to weigh costs, benefits, and fundamental questions about its nature and responsibilities. If Democrat leadership wants to spend an additional $200 million on the National Guard, it would be better spent on rebuilding Guard readiness that suffered as a result of this over-long deployment to Capitol Hill. We look forward to continuing this discussion with our colleagues.”