In a separate letter led by representatives Cindy Acne (D-Iowa) and Jason Crowe (D-Colo.), 13 Democrats called on House Administration Committee leaders to allow troops and other law enforcement agencies to use shower and locker facilities in addition to restaurants.
“It is not clear how long it may take them to protect and defend the Capitol complex, and providing access to refreshing showers could change everything after long shifts,” lawmakers wrote. “We also ask you to consider providing cots, bed linen or other materials that would allow staff forced to spend the night in the Capitol complex, or those who are in a state of rest, some comfort.”
The images, taken in a historic building, usually open to public tours and school trips, highlighted the continuing threat of further violence since the January 6 uprising. Lawmakers still fear for their safety as the House imputes President Donald Trump for the second time this week and Washington prepares for incumbent President Joe Biden on Tuesday.
As of Thursday, the National Guard said it had deployed 7,000 state members across the country to provide support for Biden’s inauguration. The Secret Service, the Capitol Police and the American Park Police asked for help.