National Guard Deployment in DC Cost $480M

The deployment of National Guard troops in Washington D.C. after rioting at the Capitol cost the U.S an estimated $480 million, The Washington Post reported.

Approximately 25,000 National Guard from across the country were sent to Washington after the Jan. 6 riot at the Capitol. Officials were not authorized to publicly discuss internal figures and spoke on condition of anonymity and the precise cost may never be known, according to the report.

The recent deployment was the largest in Washington since the Civil War with many areas of downtown DC closed to traffic and pedestrians. According to a Bloomberg report, the Pentagon estimated last month that about 5,000 National Guard soldiers will remain in Washington through mid-March at the request of U.S. Capitol Police.

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Catherine Smith is a newcomer to Washington D.C. She met and married an American journalist and moved to D.C. from the U.K. She graduated with a B.A. in Graphics, Media, and Communications and worked in design and retail in the U.K.

Photo: WASHINGTON, DC, USA - JANUARY 19: Security measures are taken around Capitol building by National Guard soldiers on the day before the inauguration ceremonies for President-elect Joe Biden, in Washington, D.C., United States, on January 19, 2021. (Photo by Tayfun Coskun/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)

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