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National Guard’s Post-Riot Deployment Cost at Least $480 Million

Members of the National Guard assemble outside of the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., on Jan. 14. 

Members of the National Guard assemble outside of the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., on Jan. 14. 

Photographer: Sarah Silbiger/Bloomberg

The rapid buildup of National Guard troops in Washington after rioting at the Capitol two weeks before Joe Biden’s inauguration cost almost half a billion dollars, according to two officials familiar with the situation.

Approximately 25,000 National Guard from across the country were sent to Washington after the Jan. 6 violence at the Capitol, which led to at least five deaths and briefly interrupted congressional efforts to certify President Biden’s victory.