After the Jan. 6 insurrection at the Capitol that left members hiding in offices or crouching under desks on the House floor, lawmakers clamored for a military quick reaction force that could protect against more violence. One year after the attack, the idea of a military unit to respond quickly has fizzled on Capitol Hill.


“It’s totally dead,” said Punaro, who is chief executive officer of The Punaro Group consulting firm. “I didn’t see any support once people aired out all the problems with such an approach.”


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