“The outstanding heroism and patriotism of our heroes deserve and demand our deepest appreciation,” Pelosi said in a news release introducing the legislation.
The legislation comes at the same time members of the House are in the Senate, arguing in the second impeachment trial of former President Donald Trump. The former President was impeached by the House last month on one charge of inciting an insurrection for his comments and actions leading up to the insurrection.
In bringing forth the legislation, Pelosi reflected on the officers whose lives were lost and the countless others who were injured in the riot. The speaker also singled out the heroism displayed by Officer Eugene Goodman, who not only directed the violent mob away from the Senate, but also specifically redirected Republican Utah Sen. Mitt Romney to safety, according to new video presented during the impeachment trial.
Acting USCP Chief Yogananda Pittman praised Pelosi’s announcement of the legislation in a news release.
“To have our police officers’ bravery acknowledged at a time when they’re experiencing tremendous emotions and exhaustion is a gift,” Pittman said. “We have too many heroes to count and we are humbled Congress may recognize them in this way. From the cards and letters of support we’ve received from around this great country to this incredible award, we are deeply humbled and appreciative.”
Once the medals are awarded, the legislation calls for the three medals to be split up with one being displayed at United States Capitol Police headquarters, one at the DC Metropolitan Police Department and one at the Smithsonian.
Pelosi first spoke about the legislation during her weekly news conference earlier on Thursday.
“The service of the Capitol Police force that day brings honor to our democracy,” Pelosi told reporters. “Their accepting this award brings luster to this medal.”