Moolenaar Supports Legislation to Provide Reimbursement to National Guard Members Serving at the U.S. Capitol

March 12, 2021
Press Release

Congressman John Moolenaar has signed on as a co-sponsor of the bipartisan GRUB Act, which would reimburse National Guard members deployed to Washington D.C. who had to pay for their own meals because of food quality concerns. This legislation was introduced yesterday in response to reports from Michigan National Guard members who documented undercooked and unsafe food served to them during their time serving at the U.S. Capitol.

“It is unacceptable that the men and women who serve our nation would have to pay for meals out of their own pockets because the food provided for them is not safe to eat,” said Congressman Moolenaar. “The members of our National Guard deserve better and this legislation will help make things right by reimbursing them for meals they had to pay for when they were not given safe food. I am thankful for their service and I wish them well as they return home to their friends and family this weekend."

Michigan National Guard members have reported being served inedible meals and suffering from food-related illnesses since they arrived in Washington, D.C. Last week, Moolenaar and the Michigan delegation sent a letter to General Daniel R. Hokanson, Chief of the National Guard Bureau, calling for the termination of the contract providing food to the Michigan National Guard members.

Today is the last day of the Michigan National Guard's deployment to the Capitol. Additional information on the GRUB Act is available here.

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