That lack of a voice rankles many in a fast-growing city, who argue that Washington has more residents than Vermont or Wyoming but no say in national affairs.
But the unexpected capturing of the Senate by Democrats in Georgia elections on Tuesday has inspired hopes of progress.
Governors can summon the National Guard in their states at will, but the District of Columbia Guard can be deployed only after approval by the Pentagon and, by extension, the president.
That approval was delayed while the mob controlled the Capitol, seemingly because President Trump did not sign off on the deployment.
“It was obvious the Guard was wanted around 3 p.m., and authorization didn’t occur for at least an hour, if not longer,” Phil Mendelson, the Council chairman, said on Thursday.
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