08/05/2021 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 08/05/2021 18:11
Klobuchar and Blunt led the Senate effort to recognize the patriotism and the commitment of Capitol Police and other law enforcement officers in service of our country on January 6
WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) and Roy Blunt (R-MO), Chairwoman and Ranking Member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Rules and Administration, announced that President Biden signed legislation to issue four congressional gold medals to recognize the service and sacrifice of United States Capitol Police (USCP) and other law enforcement officers who defended the Capitol on January 6 into law.
The Senate adopted the bill passed by the House in June. Klobuchar and Blunt sponsored an identical Senate version of the legislation and led efforts for it to pass by unanimous consent earlier this week.
The legislation authorizes the medals honoring law enforcement to be awarded for display by the U.S. Capitol Police and the District of Columbia Metropolitan Police Department, as well as in the Capitol and the Smithsonian Institution.
'On January 6th front line law enforcement officers performed heroically under unimaginable circumstances. They defended not only the Capitol, but our democracy itself,' said Klobuchar. 'In the aftermath of that dark day, the President's signing of this bill is an important step to recognize their patriotism and sacrifice as we work to move our democracy forward.'
'The Congressional Gold Medal is a fitting honor for all of the law enforcement officers, including the U.S. Capitol Police and Metropolitan Police Department, who defended the U.S. Capitol on January 6th. This medal not only recognizes their courage and dedication, but also stands as a symbol of our deep appreciation for all they do to protect and serve. We are grateful to them and their families for the sacrifices they make every day. I appreciate Senator Klobuchar's partnership in this effort and the unanimous support of our Senate colleagues in getting this bill passed and signed into law,' said Blunt.
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