Joe Biden announced on Thursday that he would be signing legislation to award four Congressional Gold Medals over the Jan. 6 events at the Capitol building. The legislation passed the Senate by unanimous consent on Tuesday after it had passed the House.
Four medals will be awarded, including one to the U.S. Capitol Police force and one to the Metropolitan Police Department. There will be a medal for the Smithsonian Institution to display, as well as one for the Architect of the Capitol, according to Politico.
President Biden, flanked by Vice President Kamala Harris, framed the Capitol Riot in dire terms, comparing it to the darkest days America had experienced during the Civil War.
“It wasn’t dissent,” he continued. “It wasn’t debate. It wasn’t democracy. It was insurrection. It was riot and mayhem. It was radical and chaotic, and it was unconstitutional and maybe, most important, it was fundamentally un-American.”
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