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Pentagon Approves Deployment of Guard at Capitol Until May 23

  • Austin agrees to 2,300 troops after Capitol Police request
  • National Guard has been guarding Capitol since Jan. 6 riot
Members of the National Guard walk outside the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C. on March 4.
Members of the National Guard walk outside the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C. on March 4.Photographer: Stefani Reynolds/Bloomberg
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The Pentagon has approved the continued deployment of the National Guard at the U.S. Capitol through at least May 23.

Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin approved a request by the U.S. Capitol Police, according to a statement on Tuesday night by John Kirby, a Defense Department spokesman. About 5,000 National Guard troops remain on duty in Washington. The deployment, which began after the Jan. 6 riot at the Capitol, was set to end by Friday. But last week, acting Capitol Police Chief Yogananda Pittman asked for an extension, without giving a specific timeframe.