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house Bill H.R. 1085

Should Capitol Police & Other Law Enforcement Who Defended the Capitol During the January 6th Riot Be Recognized With Congressional Gold Medals?

Argument in favor

The law enforcement officers who protected the U.S. Capitol and lawmakers during the January 6, 2021 riot are heroes. They should be recognized as such with the Congressional Gold Medal in order to acknowledge their bravery during one of the worst days for injuries among U.S. law enforcement officers since the September 11th terrorist attacks.

jimK's Opinion
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03/16/2021
As I read this, the proposal is to award a total three gold medals; one to the Capitol Police, one to the DC metro police and one for display at the Smithsonian. People commenting about given every single officer a gold medal should read the narrative. This is warranted, as is the award of such medals to particular officers who exceeded all norms and took personal damage while standing their ground in the face of overwhelming odds and were injured, some severely, for honoring their commitment to protect our legislators, even the a%$h@le legislators like Ron Johnson. It is truly amazing to me that there was only one close and immediate risk to legislators who were being moved down hallways where the last barrier was breached. Unfortunately, the young lady trying to be the first through the barrier was shot, which prevented the rest often mob from entering protected space. That has to be a huge burden for the officer who had to take her life- but It prevented the risk of the mob getting their hands on otherwise defenseless legislators. That fact that only one person was shot that day speaks volumes regarding the restraint of the Capitol Police
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Akeem's Opinion
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03/15/2021
Honor the Brave and Loyal! Voters R US remember we the People will VOTE!
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Brian's Opinion
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03/16/2021
I do think they were doing their job, and we should verify that each officer was, in fact, protecting the Capitol and the people working there. If any were found to have been neglecting their duty, then they should not receive the medal. However, as a whole, yes, those officers who did their duty should be rewarded after this extraordinary event which we hopefully never see again.
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Argument opposed

Individual law enforcement officers whose actions on January 6th were particularly commendable, including Capitol Police Officer Eugene Goodman who was already awarded a Congressional Gold Medal, Officer Brian Sicknick who died after defending against the riot, and others should receive individual awards rather than a collective honor.

Sandi's Opinion
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03/15/2021
It’s their job to serve and protect. No special honor necessary. Why don’t we know who shot and killed the woman at the door?
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Freethinker's Opinion
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03/15/2021
Not surprised Pelosi is the sponsor of this. The riot at the capitol wouldn’t have happened if the government just did their jobs and was honest rather than focusing on how to stay in power. The government is not for the people anymore. The corruption runs deep, there is obvious influence, media outright lies or hides the truth and social media is poison. America is getting madder by the day on both ends. What we need right now to heal is unification and this may help but I doubt it.
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03/15/2021
No. An Unrmed woman was shot. You are making a mountain out of a mole hill. Give awards to police tht protected (when Dem. officials would allow) people4, and property during the true riots. Recongize BLM, and ANTIFA as the domestic terrorist groups they clearly are. Give awards to Our Border Patrol. They are dealing with truely dangerous criminals; drug cartels, human trafficers, nd associated criminals. Deal with the real crisis.
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What is House Bill H.R. 1085?

This bill would direct the Speaker of the House and the President pro tempore of the Senate to arrange for three Congressional Gold Medals to be awarded to the U.S. Capitol Police (USCP) and other law enforcement agencies that protected the U.S. Capitol on January 6, 2021. After these medals are awarded, one would be given to the USCP, one would be given to the Metropolitan Police Dept. of the District of Columbia, and one would be given to the Smithsonian Institution to be displayed with a plaque listing all law enforcement agencies that participated in protecting the Capitol on January 6, 2021.

Impact

Law enforcement officers who protected the Capitol during the January 6, 2021 riot; the U.S. Capitol Police; the Metropolitan Police Dept. of the District of Columbia; and the Smithsonian Institution.

Cost of House Bill H.R. 1085

A CBO cost estimate is unavailable.

More Information

In-DepthSpeaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) introduced this bill, which she has asked all lawmakers to support, to award Congressional Gold Medals to the U.S. Capitol Police and the District of Columbia metro police force for protecting the Capitol on January 6, 2021, during an assault by pro-Trump rioters. In a Dear Colleague letter to all Members, Speaker Pelosi said:

“We have been reminded of the extraordinary valor of the United States Capitol Police, the men and women who risked and gave their lives to save ours, becoming martyrs for our democracy. The outstanding heroism and patriotism of our heroes deserve and demand our deepest appreciation, which is why I am honored to introduce legislation to pay tribute to the Capitol Police and other law enforcement personnel who protected the U.S. Capitol on January 6 with the Congressional Gold Medal: the highest honor that the Congress can bestow.  The service of the Capitol Police force that day brings honor to our Democracy, and their accepting this Gold Medal will bring luster to this award.”

Acting U.S. Capitol Police Chief Yogananda Pittman expressed appreciation for this bill: 

“To have our police officers’ bravery acknowledged at a time when they’re experiencing tremendous emotions and exhaustion is a gift. We have too many heroes to count and we are humbled Congress may recognize them in this way.”

This bill has 333 bipartisan House cosponsors, including 208 Democrats and 125 Republicans. 


Of NoteThe Congressional Gold Medal is considered to be one of the most prestigious ways for Congress to recognize individuals or institutions and express public gratitude on behalf of the nation. To award it, Congress passes a bill that is signed into law by the president, at which point there is a process for designing, minting, and awarding the gold medal. After the medal is struck, a formal ceremony is often scheduled for it to be awarded to the recipient. It is not to be confused with the Congressional Medal of Honor, which is the nation’s highest military award for bravery and is awarded by the president in the name of Congress.

The first Congressional Gold Medal was awarded to George Washington during the Revolutionary War in 1776, and for decades it was primarily awarded to military leaders. Since then, it has been awarded more broadly to over a hundred individuals and groups, including the Little Rock Nine, Mother Teresa of Calcutta, the Navajo Code Talkers, and the Fallen Heroes of 9/11.

All Congressional Gold Medal legislation must be cosponsored by at least two-thirds of the House and Senate before either chamber’s committees will consider the bills. This legislation has passed this threshold.

The January 6 Capitol riot represented one of the worst days of injuries for U.S. law enforcement since the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. At least 138 officers — 73 from the Capitol Police and 65 from the Metropolitan Police Dept. in Washington, D.C. — were injured, according to the respective departments. The officers’ injuries ranged from bruises and lacerations to more serious damage, such as concussions, rib fractures, burns, and even a mild heart attack.


Media:

Summary by Lorelei Yang and Eric Revell

(Photo Credit: Speaker John Boehner on Flickr)

AKA

To award three congressional gold medals to the United States Capitol Police and those who protected the U.S. Capitol on January 6, 2021.

Official Title

To award three congressional gold medals to the United States Capitol Police and those who protected the U.S. Capitol on January 6, 2021.

bill Progress


  • Not enacted
    The President has not signed this bill
  • The senate has not voted
      senate Committees
      Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs
  • The house Passed March 17th, 2021
    Roll Call Vote 413 Yea / 12 Nay
      house Committees
      Committee on Financial Services
    IntroducedFebruary 18th, 2021

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    As I read this, the proposal is to award a total three gold medals; one to the Capitol Police, one to the DC metro police and one for display at the Smithsonian. People commenting about given every single officer a gold medal should read the narrative. This is warranted, as is the award of such medals to particular officers who exceeded all norms and took personal damage while standing their ground in the face of overwhelming odds and were injured, some severely, for honoring their commitment to protect our legislators, even the a%$h@le legislators like Ron Johnson. It is truly amazing to me that there was only one close and immediate risk to legislators who were being moved down hallways where the last barrier was breached. Unfortunately, the young lady trying to be the first through the barrier was shot, which prevented the rest often mob from entering protected space. That has to be a huge burden for the officer who had to take her life- but It prevented the risk of the mob getting their hands on otherwise defenseless legislators. That fact that only one person was shot that day speaks volumes regarding the restraint of the Capitol Police
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    It’s their job to serve and protect. No special honor necessary. Why don’t we know who shot and killed the woman at the door?
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    The police were understaffed and under equipped with just hundreds facing thousand of violent, well armed, well prepared protesters and as a result suffered injuries (conclusions, cracked ribs, smashed spinal discs, gouged eyes, inflamed lungs, stab wounds, etc) & deaths. 1) 81 Capitol Police suffered injuries 2) 32 Capitol Police contracted Covid 3) 65 DC Police offers suffered injuries According to police who were Iraq War Veterans this was worse than anything experienced in the Iraq War! https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/public-safety/police-union-says-140-officers-injured-in-capitol-riot/2021/01/27/60743642-60e2-11eb-9430-e7c77b5b0297_story.html
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    Honor the Brave and Loyal! Voters R US remember we the People will VOTE!
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    You have video evidence. Reward the heroes! Dismiss and indict those who failed to serve. This isn’t hard. Highest honors should go to: Officer Eugene Goodman-his unbelievable bravery & calm saved lives. He is a true hero. Officer Brian Sicknick (family)- the man lost his life protecting the Capitol & those inside. There are more, however, these two need to never be forgotten. 140 more Capitol and Metro Officers were injured during the assault on our Capitol, even more did everything they could to protect the Hill. 35 officers are under investigation for their part in helping, colluding, and/or celebrating with this disgusting mob. https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2021/02/19/capitol-police-investigating-35-officers-after-jan-6-riot/4506770001/ Not one found guilty should ever be awarded or held to the same level as the heroes. Those guilty, should see only condemnation. Again, this isn’t hard.
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    I do think they were doing their job, and we should verify that each officer was, in fact, protecting the Capitol and the people working there. If any were found to have been neglecting their duty, then they should not receive the medal. However, as a whole, yes, those officers who did their duty should be rewarded after this extraordinary event which we hopefully never see again.
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    Not surprised Pelosi is the sponsor of this. The riot at the capitol wouldn’t have happened if the government just did their jobs and was honest rather than focusing on how to stay in power. The government is not for the people anymore. The corruption runs deep, there is obvious influence, media outright lies or hides the truth and social media is poison. America is getting madder by the day on both ends. What we need right now to heal is unification and this may help but I doubt it.
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    This would not include those who aided and abetted the rioters and those who hid, would it?
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    Yes!
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    The officers that acted courageously deserve to be recognized; no congress folk were hurt. However the ones that shook hands, took selfies, etc. should be fired for dereliction.
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    No. An Unrmed woman was shot. You are making a mountain out of a mole hill. Give awards to police tht protected (when Dem. officials would allow) people4, and property during the true riots. Recongize BLM, and ANTIFA as the domestic terrorist groups they clearly are. Give awards to Our Border Patrol. They are dealing with truely dangerous criminals; drug cartels, human trafficers, nd associated criminals. Deal with the real crisis.
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    Wholeheartedly...YES.
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    I watched the events taking place live on television on January 6, 2021. During that, I saw uniformed officers not only encourage their entry, but held the door open for those entering the Capital Building. And people dare honor them? The only reason the Democrat-led Congress would have for honoring them, is they helped give reason to abandon the challenges to the Electoral Votes, which were being acted upon inside, and pave the way for Biden to be sworn in as President. Don’t forget, Trump offered the services of the National Guard in advance, to aid the Capitol Police, but Pelosi refused to allow it! I wonder why????
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    And I’ll add an “absolutely” to that, Sandra. 😊❤️
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    Sure why not Congress sends military into harms way with never no recognition. At least you could recognize our police force that do a good job.
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    No ! As a veteran I find this proposal extremely offensive.The “Capitol Insurrection” is obvious,bold face,political propaganda that continues to this day,with armed forces,and razor wire surrounding the Capitol Building.The proposed medals are an extension of this political propaganda.
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    Yes, fix it, and reprimand Senators that need to be lectured on Conduct and Ethics rules. Regular government employees are schooled on it every year as a requirement. It’s obvious some Senators were just too ignorant to under stand the oath of office they took. Hence, wasting the military’s valuable time defending conspiracy theories..
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    While I am supportive and always thankful for the police, I see this as part of their job and nothing that warrants above and beyond recognition. This aside, I must point out that having Nancy Pelosi submit this bill is almost comical. During the riots this past spring/summer, Nancy supported de-funding the police, refused to even acknowledge that there was violence, and more importantly, gave no concern for the victims of this violence. She even went as far as saying that their behavior was people doing what they do. But now because it was her ass in danger, she now appreciates the police. Give me a break. She is the most corrupt, manipulative people in Congress. She needs to go.
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    Yes, it is their job Yes, some were involved Yes they deserve recognition Held the Capitol against massive odds We honor them by finding and locking up all involved Let them throw away the keys Is there more on the investigation into Supreme Court justice Thomas’s wife She paid to bus them in Time to pay the price
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    When you ignore those who put their lives on the line in military service day in and day out for years and you choose to recognize someone who served for a day, what message of pride in our military are you sending?
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