Reading news of the unanimous Senate vote to give the Congressional Medal of Honor to all Capitol Police and Metropolitan Police members who defended our Capitol on January 6 brought a modicum of solace to the tragic news of two more officers present that fateful day had taken their own lives.
It was also a reminder that on June 15, twenty-one members of Congress voted against awarding the medal to all the officers. One of those voting against the proposed bill was Congressman Andy Harris, representative of our district, using the excuse that he did not believe the armed mob breaching the Capitol was an insurrection as noted in the bill.
One may be willing to give Harris and the other twenty GOP legislators who voted against the bill some latitude if any of them introduced an amendment or other bill to honor the officers, but that did not happen. None were willing to acknowledge the bravery of those men and women. It is difficult imagining any of those representatives having the fortitude to stand in the shoes of those officers or making any real sacrifices in defense of our country. Do not forget their impertinence. Seek out better representation in the next election cycle.