House Looks to Fund Plaque Honoring January 6 Responders

by Jan Frazier

Washington, D.C. (Washington Insider Magazine) –  On Tuesday, the House agreed to construct a plaque that will honor the police staff who helped to protect the Capitol Building during the January 6 insurrection. This move came shortly after Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced the creation of a 13-member panel that will investigate the insurrection.

The Appropriations Committee approved an “amendment on the issue by voice vote during a markup of its $4.8 billion bills to fund parts of the legislative branch.” This would include such branches as the Capitol Visitor Center, the police guarding the Capitol, and the Congressional Budget Office. 

Suggested by Representative Jaime Herrera Beutler (R-Wash.), the amendment would instigate the creation of a plaque that “specifically lists all of the Capitol Police and D.C. police officers who served on that day.”

Before the Appropriations Committee actually adopted the amendment, the lawmakers all insisted on “the need to ensure that the plaque doesn’t leave any names out.”

Herrera Beutler stressed, “We see you. We acknowledge you. We are grateful for you.” These could be possibilities of what would be included on the plaque.

It was after Pelosi announced that there would be a 13-member panel to actually investigate the January 6 riot and establish the causes that the amendment to honor the police was brought to light. The panel will consist of five GOP lawmakers, and eight Democratic members. However, Pelosi is considering choosing one Republican from her eight lawmakers.

After the plaque had been approved, the Appropriations Committee “adopted the broader spending bill for the legislative branch along party lines, sending the measure to the House floor in a 33-25 vote.” This bill will help bolster the Capitol Police force by adding to their “training, wellness, diversity, and transparency” skills. In addition, this current bill will provide $603.9 million to the police force, which will be a “17 percent budget boost over funding for the current fiscal year.”


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