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[COMMENTARY] 21 House Republicans Vote Against Congressional Gold Medal for Jan 6th Heroes

[COMMENTARY] 21 House Republicans Vote Against Congressional Gold Medal for Jan 6th Heroes

Five months after the January 6th insurrection, the House and Senate have come to an agreement that will award the Congressional Gold Medal to the officers who defended the Capitol.

The final vote in the House on Tuesday was 406-21, because 21 House Republicans refused to support the legislation, the latest reminder that members of Congress still cannot agree on the facts of the deadly Capitol Hill riot.

WASHINGTON, DC – JANUARY 06: A pro-Trump mob enter the Capitol Building after breaking into it on January 6, 2021 in Washington, DC. A pro-Trump mob stormed the Capitol, breaking windows and clashing with police officers. Trump supporters gathered in the nation’s capital today to protest the ratification of President-elect Joe Biden’s Electoral College victory over President Trump in the 2020 election. (Photo by Jon Cherry/Getty Images)

Both the House and the Senate had passed their own resolutions to bestow the medals, but the initial pieces of legislation varied. The revised bills will now award three medals — one to the entire US Capitol Police force, and one to the Metropolitan Police Department, “so that the sacrifices of fallen officers and their families, and the contributions of other law enforcement agencies who answered the call of duty on January 6, 2021, can be recognized and honored in a timely manner.”

The 21 are all of the same Republicans who voted against certifying the election as well as the creation of a bipartisan January 6th Commission, which isn’t suspicious or anything.

The number of House Republicans voting against the bill nearly doubled since the first time a version of the bill came to the House floor, as the vote when the bill first passed the House in March was 413-12. Republican Rep. Lance Gooden of Texas was the only GOP member to vote no in March and change his vote to yes this time around.

In February, the Senate unanimously voted to award a Congressional Gold Medal to Officer Eugene Goodman, who singlehandedly led a mob of insurrectionists away from the Senate chamber minutes before the chamber doors were sealed with senators still inside. But the House version of the legislation opted to award the medal to the whole of the police force rather than singling out one individual for the medal.


The 21 Republicans who voted against the bill used a typical GOP excuse for covering up their own guilt: semantics. They’d rather split hairs over colloquialisms than reward true patriotism and bravery. Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (Q-GA) told reporters that she voted against the Congressional Gold Medal to US Capitol Police Officers and MPD because she does not believe the legislation should refer to January 6th as an insurrection. “I wouldn’t call it an insurrection,” Greene told reporters. Marjorie Manson also said she had issues with the language of the bill that referred to the Capitol complex as “the temple of our American Democracy.”


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The woman who said she believes in God over science repeatedly from the House floor said, “This is not a temple. That is for sure.”

Even other Republicans shared their disgust with their colleagues.

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