Congress will award Congressional Gold Medals to U.S. Capitol police and other law enforcement officers who helped defend the Capitol on Jan. 6, following a Senate vote on Tuesday.
The Senate unanimously passed the medal awarding bill, meaning that votes were not recorded, but any senator could block its passage.
The House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed bill 406-21 earlier this year.
President Joe Biden is expected to sign the document, which outlines the awarding of the four medals.
One will go to the US Capitol Police, one will go to the Metropolitan Police Department, one will go to the Smithsonian Institution for display, and the fourth will be given to the Capitol’s architects for display in the Capitol building.
“January 6 exposed many horrors, but it also revealed many heroes, a day many of us remember for its violence, anger and destruction, part of bravery, sacrifice and selflessness. I’m definitely talking about the Capitol Police and the Metropolitan Police,” Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D.N.Y) said Tuesday on the Senate floor in Washington.
Sen. Roy Blunt (R-Mo.)
More than 150 law enforcement officers were injured in clashes on January 6, when protesters and rioters breached the Capitol building while Congress was in a joint session to count electoral votes.
Four officers have committed suicide, while another US Capitol police officer, Brian Siknik, died of natural causes.
Bill, HR 3325, was introduced by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-California).
Most lawmakers in the lower house joined the bill’s passage, but 21 Republicans voted against it.
Representative Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.) said he voted against the bill because Democrats “combined recognition of the USCP with editorial comments about Jan.
“The brave men and women of the USCP deserve better, which is why I accepted a clear recognition of their heroism,” he wrote on Twitter in March.
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