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Politics House again votes to award Gold Medal to Capitol Police for Jan. 6 response

01:25  16 june  2021
01:25  16 june  2021 Source:   politico.com

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The House of Representatives on Tuesday again passed legislation awarding the highest congressional honor to all members of law enforcement for their service during the Jan . The bill that passed Tuesday evening would bestow the Gold Medal to the Capitol Police and local D.C. police , as well as commend other federal officers who assisted the response to the insurrection. The House overwhelmingly passed the measure 406-21, with the “no“ votes coming solely from Republicans.

A dozen House Republicans voted against a resolution to award three Congressional Gold Medals to the Capitol Police , the D.C. police and the Smithsonian Institution in recognition of those who protected the U.S. Capitol when it was attacked by a pro-Trump mob on Jan. “I truly commend the Capitol Police for their actions on January 6 th, and am very grateful for their service in keeping us safe each day. But I cannot support partisan charged language found in this bill.” The Post obtained hours of video footage, some exclusively, and placed it within a digital 3-D model of the building.

The House of Representatives on Tuesday again passed legislation awarding the highest congressional honor to all members of law enforcement for their service during the Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol.

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The House previously passed a measure in March on the subject that would have bestowed the Congressional Gold Medal to the U.S. Capitol Police and the D.C. Metropolitan Police Department.

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The House voted to award Capitol police , Metropolitan police with the Congressional Gold Medal for their response to the Jan . 6 riot. About 140 police officers were injured during the attack, including 15 who were hospitalized, when rioters broke into the building, vandalized offices and interrupted the counting of Electoral College votes . Three officers who were there later died. “ Jan . 6 was a day of horror and heartbreak, but it was also a moment of extraordinary heroism,” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., who called the dead "martyrs for democracy," said Tuesday in debate on the measure.

WASHINGTON – The House voted Wednesday to award Capitol police , Metropolitan police and other law enforcement agencies with the Congressional Gold Medal , for protecting lawmakers, staffers, reporters and visitors from insurrectionists on Jan . 6 . About 140 police officers were injured during the “Today, united in grief and gratitude, the House is honoring these heroes as we pass legislation to bestow upon them the Congressional Gold Medal , the highest honor this Congress can give.” The House voted 413-12 to award the gold medals to Capitol Police , Metropolitan Police and other law

However, the measure experienced headwinds in the Senate, which had separately honored Officer Eugene Goodman of the Capitol Police, who gained public acclaim for his heroism that day protecting lawmakers and their staff during the insurrection.

Proponents of the House measure have argued that the honor should not go just to one person, given the collective contributions made that day, in which a mob of former President Donald Trump’s supporters violently stormed the Capitol as Congress was in the process of certifying Joe Biden’s electoral victory.

The bill that passed Tuesday evening would bestow the Gold Medal to the Capitol Police and local D.C. police, as well as commend other federal officers who assisted the response to the insurrection.

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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., introduced the bill, which would award medals to the Capitol Police , the Washington D.C. Metropolitan Police Department and other agencies that responded to the attack. Lawmakers fast-tracked consideration of the bill, bypassing a lengthier process usually required for the awarding of a The House is slated to vote on the bill later this afternoon. The bill, if approved, would send the third Congressional Gold Medal to the Smithsonian Institute, where it would go on display alongside a plaque listing every law enforcement agency that responded to the Jan .

12 Republican House members voted against awarding the Congressional Gold Medal to the U.S. Capitol Police for their actions during the Jan . 6 , 2021 attack on the Capitol . We did not receive a response to that question from any of them, which leaves open the possibility that, while supportive of those law enforcement agencies in general, some of the House members do not wish to recognize, specifically, their efforts to guard the Capitol from an attack by supporters of former President Donald Trump.

The House overwhelmingly passed the measure 406-21, with the “no“ votes coming solely from Republicans. Only 12 voted against the March measure, another sign of how GOP sentiment of the rioters has softened in the months since the mob overran the Capitol for several hours. Several Republican members of Congress have subsequently downplayed the danger on display that day, and GOP senators recently blocked the creation of an independent panel to investigate the events surrounding that day.

Rep. Thomas Massie (R-Ky.), who voted against the bill, said he opposed it because of its wording — specifically, sections calling the events of Jan. 6 an “insurrection” and the Capitol a “temple of democracy.”

“I think it was a mob, but I don't think it was an insurrection,” he said.

To use the kind of language the bill did would have a “bearing on the case” of those facing federal prosecution, Massie added.

The Senate has introduced a bill matching the legislation passed by the House and is likely to pass it at some point, as well.

Lawmakers have tried to walk a fine line in the wake of the insurrection, praising the actions of officers and other responders on the front line while also sharply criticizing some law enforcement leaders — several of whom have since stepped down — for their handling of the situation.

Nicholas Wu contributed to this report.

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