Aug 5, 2021 - Politics & Policy

Biden signs bill awarding Congressional Gold Medals to officers who responded to Jan. 6 attack

Biden, surrounded by a crowd, signs legislation to award congressional gold medals to law enforcement
President Biden, joined by Vice President Harris, lawmakers and members of law enforcement and their families, signs legislation to award Congressional Gold Medals to law enforcement in the Rose Garden. Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images

President Biden signed legislation awarding Congressional Gold Medals to the law enforcement officers who defended the Capitol during the Jan. 6 insurrection.

Why it matters: The Congressional Gold Medal is Congress' "highest expression of national appreciation," notes the New York Times.

The big picture: "To all of them, on behalf of a grateful nation: thank you, thank you, thank you for protecting our Capitol — and maybe even more importantly, for protecting our Constitution," Biden said ahead of the signing.

  • "The tragedy of that day deserves the truth above all else. We cannot allow history to be rewritten. We cannot allow the heroism of these officers to be forgotten," Biden said.

The state of play: Last month, law enforcement officers gave emotional testimony of their experiences defending the Capitol before the Jan. 6 select committee investigating the riot.

  • Four officers who responded to the events of Jan. 6 have died by suicide.
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