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Remarks at Bill Enrollment Photo Opportunity for H.R. 3237, the Emergency Security Supplemental to Respond to January 6th Appropriations Act

Good afternoon – I guess, now, one minute – afternoon, everyone.

This is a very important enrollment ceremony for us.  It follows a very, very impressive hearing on Tuesday, where law enforcement officers told the story of what they saw on January 6th.  I never thought I would ever see a personal presentation exceed the video that we saw, in terms of describing what happened that day.  So impressive was it that, the next day, after months of waiting, the Senate was allowed to proceed to pass a supplemental bill to strengthen the Capitol Police Force and honor those who risked their lives – to strengthen the Capitol.  It doesn’t do everything we wanted, but it is a giant step forward.

And under the leadership of Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro, Appropriations Committee – no Tim Ryan?  Tim Ryan, the Vice Chair – the Chair of the Committee, the Subcommittee of jurisdiction, Congresswoman Zoe Lofgren, Chair of the Committee of jurisdiction – authorization, House Administration Committee. 

They – the Senate finally took up the bill.  We had a better bill months ago.  This is a bill, it comes three months late – later and lots of money short.  But, again, again, it is important for us to go forward, find ways to supplement what is missing from this bill, in full recognition of what happened that day and what we need to do to ensure that it doesn’t happen again, to the extent that we can do so through the legislative process.

I salute the relentless leadership, again: Chair Zoe Lofgren, House Admin, Rosa DeLauro, the Appropriations Committee – doing all of this while doing all of the appropriations bills.  Rosa, congratulations.  And at the same time, making sure that the Child Tax Credit gets passed. 

To Tim Ryan, the Subcommittee Chair, he was relentless.  He did quite a good job on this. 

Of course, none of this is possible without our Majority Leader, Steny Hoyer.  And if I may I just say, he wears two hats here now: as the Majority Leader, making sure this happens on the Floor of the House and helping to make the substance as strong as it is, but also as a Marylander.  

So, you see before you Steny Hoyer, Mr. Ruppersberger, Mr. Trone, Mr. Raskin, Mr. Sarbanes, as Representatives of the great state of Maryland.  And you see Congresswoman Wexton from Virginia, another state whose law enforcement officers helped save the day, save our democracy, save our Capitol, save our lives on that day.  So, in thanking them, we want to thank the law enforcement officers from their region who helped so much, they and others.

So, with that, I – again, it is just chilling that we are in this situation, that we have to address that unprecedented assault on our Capitol.  Well, not unprecedented: there was the War of 1812 and the 1814 assault on the Capitol.  Nothing of that magnitude since then, except on January 6th.

So, again, with commitment to our oath to protect and defend the Constitution of the United States, with admiration and respect and gratitude to law enforcement officers from all over who helped save the day, hold the line, we will now sign the legislation that brings resources to strengthen the Capitol, support our Capitol Police and others who were so helpful.

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