NEW YORK (1010 WINS) – Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez offered her Capitol office to National Guard members after images showed hundreds of soldiers deployed to Washington, D.C. taking their break in a parking garage.
Ocasio-Cortez responded to a photo tweeted by a Washington Post reporter Thursday that showed a group of soldiers resting in the Senate garage.
“Yeah this is not okay,” Ocasio-Cortez tweeted Thursday night.
“My office is free this week to any service members who’d like to use it for a break or take nap on the couch,” the New York rep wrote. “We’ll stock up on snacks for you all too.”
“We’re in the middle of moving offices and it’s a bit messy so don’t judge, but make yourself at home!” she finished the tweet.
The National Guard said U.S. Capitol Police had ordered the soldiers to move their rest area from the Capitol to the Thurgood Marshall Judicial Center parking garage, according to Fox News.
Images showing the soldiers in the parking garage sparked outrage, with several governors announcing they would bring the soldiers home from D.C.
However, acting Capitol Police Chief Yogananda Pittman released a statement that said her department hadn’t told the soldiers to move.
“I want to assure everyone that, with the exception of specific times on Inauguration Day itself while the swearing-in ceremonies were underway, the United States Capitol police did not instruct the National Guard to vacate the Capitol Building facilities,” Pittman said.
She added: “It was brought to our attention early today that facility management with the Thurgood Marshall Judicial Office Building reached out directly to the National Guard to offer use of its facilities.”
A National Guard Bureau spokesperson told Fox News, “Our troops are going to hotel rooms or other comfortable accommodations at the end of their shifts.”
In a follow-up tweet Thursday night, Ocasio-Cortez wrote: "Update: looks like they’re letting them back into the Capitol. The offer on snacks, etc still stands!"