On Tuesday, the United States Department of Defense approved the extended deployment of 2,300 National Guard soldiers to the Capitol.
The military protections, which have been in place since supporters of then-President Donald Trump were stormed into the parliament building in January, will remain in effect for the next two months.
The Pentagon’s decision does mean that the number of reservists helping to secure the Capitol will be more than halved. Currently, there is a deployment of 5,200 soldiers. “This decision was taken after an in-depth review of the request,” the ministry said.
In the coming months, the Pentagon will continue to consult with the Capitol Police, who had made the request, about further reducing the troop presence.
Federal prosecutors have so far indicted some 300 people for involvement in the Washington parliament building attack, which left five dead. The detainees include several members of far-right militias such as the Oath Keepers and the Three Percenters.
Last week there were still concerns about security in and around the Capitol, which led the lower house to cancel Thursday’s session. In the end, only a small group of conspiracy theorists gathered near the parliament building.