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Pelosi Remarks at Bill Enrollment Photo Opportunity for H.R. 3325, to Award Congressional Gold Medals to USCP and Those Who Protected the U.S. Capitol on January 6th

Washington, D.C. – Speaker Nancy Pelosi joined House Democrats for a bill enrollment photo opportunity today for H.R. 3325, to award Congressional Gold Medals to USCP and those who protected the U.S. Capitol on January 6th.  Below are the Speaker’s remarks:

Speaker Pelosi.  Good afternoon, everyone.  Today, we are united in gratitude and grief for the courage and the sacrifice of our Capitol Police and the Metropolitan Police Department heroes, who defended the Capitol and our democracy on January 6th.  The historic legislation that I’m going to sign now honors their service and their sacrifice. 

I salute some of the leadership within the House, who are in district work period, but the Chair of the committee of jurisdiction, Maxine Waters and the Vice Chair – the Chair of the Subcommittee, Jim Himes, for their leadership in expediting this to come forward.  Chair Zoe Lofgren and the House committee of jurisdiction of the Capitol Police. 

And we’re very honored to have two Members of Congress who have always had the safety and security of our democracy at the forefront as they represent this area.  Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton – she serves on many of the committees that have some jurisdiction over this, and we welcome and honor her and thank her for being here.  And Congresswoman Jennifer Wexton of Virginia, who is on the committee of jurisdiction.  Or, was on the committee of jurisdiction and continues to follow the work that – so, when you do a Gold Medal, it has to go through the Financial Services Committee. 

So, here we are.  Was way back – we passed this bill, it was on June 15th, sent it over to the Senate.  Yesterday, we’re very pleased that they passed it unanimously.  In the House, there were some dissenters on the other side of the aisle, but overwhelmingly, it passed in a bipartisan way. 

It’s so sad that every time, we’ve – wrote this bill a while ago.  We passed it a while ago, but then we had other incidences and had to rewrite it.  But the – Capitol Police Officer Brian Sicknick, as you know we had a ceremony for him, Officer Howard Liebengood, Officer Jeffrey Smith of the Metropolitan Police Department, MPD Officer Gunther Hashida, Metropolitan Officer Kyle DeFreytag and Officer Billy Evans – you’re well aware, on Good Friday, of his passing.  But, just two more lost their lives in recent days, so we’re very, very sad about this.  And I also always want to mention U.S. Capitol Police Officer Kenneth Shaver, who was seriously injured in the Good Friday attack on the Capitol.

You all know that January 6th was a moment, a day of extraordinary tragedy for our country.  It’s a day determined in the Constitution to be where the Congress of the United States certifies the election of the President of the United States.  And for that reason, that day was the target day, with groups to come to the Capitol to try to impede that Congressional – that Constitutional action.  So again, just what’s – you know, all that transpired.  

I know, I know how fortunate we are to have the bravery, the patriotism, of our Capitol Police.  They are so remarkable.  I’m so sad that it took a tragedy of this nature for the recognition to be given to them.  And, see, what I say to them in accepting this Gold Medal, you bring luster to that important award, as you bring luster with your courage for our country, our Constitution and this Congress of the United States as you protected the Capitol. 

With that, I’m going to now enroll the bill.  This is what happens: when you pass a bill, you enroll it.  It gets signed by the Speaker, by the President Pro Tem of the Senate, goes to the President of the United States for signature and becomes the law of the land.  And then, and then, we’re eager to see the creativity of the Capitol Police as they begin the design of the Gold Medal. 

Again, I want to thank Congresswoman Jennifer Wexton and Madam Chair – are you a Chair?  Because you have chosen such important committees.  As Barbara Lee said the other day, ‘It took me 26 years to become a Chairman.’

Congresswoman Wexton.  No, I’m just happy to be on Appropriations.  Just happy to be on the Committee.  I’m not a Chair.  

Speaker Pelosi.  But you’re on – yes.  But, Madam Chair Eleanor Holmes Norton, thank you.

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To our Capitol Police, Metropolitan Police Department, thank you so much. 

Staff.  Thank you all.  Thank you. 

Speaker Pelosi.  Now, we have to get it over to the Senate.  Then the White House. 

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