Congressman Tim Ryan Receives Inauguration Security Briefing from U.S. National Guard
Washington, DC – Congressman Tim Ryan (OH-13) held a bipartisan security briefing today with General Daniel R. Hokanson, Chief of the U.S. National Guard Bureau, on security and operational assistance for the Inauguration. Ryan is Co-Chair of the House National Guard and Reserve Caucus and Chair of the House Legislative Branch Appropriations Subcommittee.
Members of Congress were offered assurances from General Hokanson that the National Guard is prepared for the Inauguration. By the end of today, there will be 25,000 National Guardsmen and women from all states and territories on duty in Washington, DC.
“Since the birth of our nation, the peaceful transition of power has been a sacred tradition and has made our democracy the envy of the world. The deadly insurrection at the U.S. Capitol will not stop that tradition from continuing. Today, General Hokanson assured us that our nation’s capital is secured and that we are prepared to hold a safe and secure Inauguration for Joe Biden. As Co-Chairman of the National Guard and Reserve Caucus, I understand the hard work, dedication, and sacrifice these men and women deployed to Washington, DC and state capitals across the country demonstrate every day. These Guardsmen and women have left their homes and families to stand guard and protect our democracy. We will forever be indebted to them for their service,” said Rep. Tim Ryan (D-OH), Co-Chair of the National Guard and Reserve Caucus.
Though certain National Guardmembers are armed, they are trained to de-escalate tense situations. Those involved with planning for Inauguration Day are anticipating a peaceful transition of power on the 20th.