National Guard defending U.S. Capitol should not have paid for their food, lawmakers say

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WASHINGTON (WEEK) – A bipartisan group of lawmakers wants National Guard members to be reimbursed for missed meals while they’re defending the U.S. Capitol.

U.S. Representatives Cheri Bustos (D-Moline) and Adam Kinzinger (R-Channahon) were among 42 members of Congress urging local commanders to reimburse guard members.

The request comes after Illinois guard members said they were served undercooked food while in Washington.

Nearly 1,000 of the 27,000 guard members defending the capitol following the January 6 attack are from Illinois, according to the lawmakers.

Food service limitations due to the pandemic, logistical challenges with feeding such a large force, and other problems prompted some members to pay for their own food, the lawmakers said.

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