Officials Consider “Quick Reaction Force” as Troops Prepare to Leave Capitol

Officials Suggest

( – The January 6 riot at the nation’s capital exposed serious security failures. A task force led by Lt. Gen. Russel Honoré (ret) conducted a review of that event and submitted a report of its findings in March. That report made several recommendations to bolster security moving forward.

The House Appropriations Committee is considering the task force’s suggestion to create a dedicated Quick Reaction Force (QRF) in Washington, DC to back up the Capitol Police in the event of an emergency.

The January 6 Task Force noted that the nation’s capital is a “prominent tourist destination” and a venue for numerous “peaceful First Amendment activities,” making it a “high-value target” for domestic extremists and foreign terrorists. For that reason, it recommended the creation of a QRF.

There is some urgency to the proposal as the remaining National Guard troops at the Capitol Complex are set to depart this weekend. On May 14, House leaders introduced a $1.9 billion bill to cover the costs of securing the nation’s capital so far and to provide emergency funds for the future. There’s no word yet on when to expect a vote by the full House on the measure.

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