The Senate unanimously put their stamp of approval on a bill headed to President Joe Biden’s desk that gives gold medals to Washington, D.C., Metro and Capitol Police officers involved in the Jan. 6 Capitol Hill riots.
The Washington Examiner reported that the upper chamber of Congress voted Tuesday on the measure that passed the House of Representatives in June.
Before leaving the House, however, the resolution saw the objection of almost two dozen Republicans who didn’t care for the language in it that characterized the attack as an insurrection.
The Senate voted on the bill just after news reached the public that two officers who were involved in the Jan. 6 rally died by suicide earlier this week.
This week’s officers are in addition to the officers who died by suicide earlier in the year following the riots. Metropolitan Police officer Kyle DeFreytag was found dead by suicide on July 10, according to the Examiner and Officer Gunther Hashida was found dead in his home on July 29. Both officers responded to the Jan. 6 Capitol riots.
Additionally, just weeks after the event took place Capitol Police officer Howard Liebengood and Metropolitan Police officer Jeffrey Smith both died by apparent suicide.
Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, a New York Democrat, took aim at the 21 House Republicans who voted against the measure saying in his diatribe that police faced a mob of white supremacists and domestic terrorists that day: “The gold medal is about setting the record straight and recognizing the true heroism on display that fateful day,” Schumer said.
The Examiner’s Facebook post saw commenters that were overwhelmingly frustrated at the way the vent has been characterized with one comment asking, “Why is this so important but burning down a lot of our country isn’t? Sick people.”
Another said, “None of this makes any sense…all the lies…what about the people in jail all this time for no reason??? If any police officers deserve a medal it’s the ones out on the streets.”