(Washington) The Senate unanimously agreed on Tuesday to bestow its highest honor on law enforcement officers who attempted to protect the Capitol, the seat of the US Congress, during the violent attack by supporters of Donald Trump on Jan. 6.
Posted on Aug 3, 2021 at 1:31 pm
“A day many of us remember for its violence, anger and destruction also had its share of bravery, sacrifice and dedication,” said Democratic majority leader Chuck Schumer, who paid tribute to the police shortly before the unanimous vote in the House of Lords .
President Joe Biden has yet to enact this law in order for the Capitol and Washington City police departments to each receive a Congressional Gold Medal.
Since 1776, when it was presented to George Washington, this award has been the “highest expression of national recognition” of American parliamentarians.
Two more gold medals to commemorate the work of the police on January 6th will go to the Smithsonian Institution, which brings together major American museums, and to the Capitol for display.
The House of Representatives had already approved this proposal in June with 406 to 21 votes.
Chuck Schumer said he was “still shocked” by the voice of these 21 MPs, all Republicans, who “refused to defend the police, the same police that did it on Aug.
The attack came as MPs voted on Joe Biden’s victory over Donald Trump in the November 2020 presidential election.
If two Republicans, who are very critical of ex-presidents Liz Cheney and Adam Kinzinger, take part in the investigation of a special committee of Congress on January 6 that was set up by the Democrats, the leaders of the Grand Old Party, then boycott they.
When the investigation began on July 27, police officers gave poignant testimonies to recall the violence of the attack.
More than 550 people were arrested almost seven months after the incident.