National Guard cancels trainings after Congress fails to reimburse Capitol Riot deployment

The National Guard is canceling training after Congress failed to reimburse the force for its months-long deployment to the U.S. Capitol following the Jan. 6 insurrection.

National Guard Bureau spokesman Wayne Hall told The Hill that six Nebraska National Guard events have been canceled to save money because Congress has still not reimbursed the branch for its deployment.

Events canceled in August and September include a Marksmanship Maintenance Exercise, Company Commander and First Sergeants Pre-Command Course, Commander Training Synchronization Workshop, State of the Commander’s Unit, Small Arms Familiarization School, and National Guard Endurance Team Time Trials.

Hall said other events in different states may be canceled in the future.

“There’s probably going to be more things that get canceled if funding isn’t restored,” Hall said.

National Guard officials have repeatedly warned Congress that branch training and readiness will be negatively affected if the National Guard is not reimbursed for the $521 million used during its deployment to Washington, D.C.

“Without reimbursement funding, there is a significant impact on National Guard readiness if we are unable to resolve this issue in a timely manner,” Army Gen. Daniel Hokanson, Chief of the Bureau of the National Guard, said in a July 17 statement.

Members of the National Guard from every state and territory protected the Capitol for months after a group of Trump supporters breached Capitol security on Jan. 6 in an effort to prevent the certification of Trump’s election results. 2020.

The long stay came with a big bill that Congress won’t pay until a deal is struck. on emergency appropriations between legislators.

Another training event in August focusing on marksmanship was also canceled.

“We just couldn’t afford the costs,” Nebraska National Guard spokesman Maj. Scott Ingalsbe told CNN of the canceled events. Canceling events has saved the National Guard money on meals, travel and accommodation costs.

“I am proud of the 300 Nebraska Airmen and Soldiers who answered the call in January to secure our nation’s capital and ensure a peaceful transfer of power. Their regular training and the attendant pay and benefits – the modest paychecks that families depend on to pay rent and put food on the table – should never be in doubt,” said Maj. Gen. Daryl Bohac , adjutant general of the Nebraska National Guard. a statement to The Hill.

“While we have already canceled or postponed several events to conserve resources, a further loss of funding would adversely affect our future preparedness for federal missions or emergencies here in the state of Nebraska,” he added.

Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) and the top Republican on the panel, Sen. Richard Shelby (Alabama), both said they believe a deal will be reached in August.

Hall told The Hill he couldn’t speculate if he thought the branch would be refunded in August.

A bipartisan letter of 70 lawmakers have urged House and Senate leaders to quickly reach an agreement to reimburse the National Guard.

The Hill contacted the Nebraska National Guard for comment.

Updated at 4:47 p.m.