WASHINGTON. As Republicans in the House of Representatives continue to negotiate over who will be the next speaker, Texas Democrats celebrate the anniversary of the January 6 attack on the US Capitol two years ago and the work done since to prevent similar violent incidents.
On January 6, 2021, a group of rioters and supporters of former President Donald Trump marched to the US Capitol and temporarily suspended approval of the results of the 2020 presidential election.
More than 930 people have been federally charged so far with their involvement in the attack, including several North Texas residents, according to the Washington Post. Charges range from obstruction of Congress to mutinous conspiracy.
For Texans at the Capitol, January 6th is a personal day.
“On January 6, I wrote to my wife from the floor of the House of Representatives: “No matter what happens, I love you.” And two years later, it’s clear that we were closer to losing our democracy that day than most Americans think,” said Dallas MP Colin Allred.
Houston Democrat Silvia Garcia, who was on the floor of the House of Representatives when the rioters entered the Capitol, said in a statement that Jan. 6 was a traumatic experience that she still thinks about often.
“Many participants, including myself, didn’t know if we would make it home that day,” Garcia said in a statement.
During the attack, several law enforcement officers were killed and another 140 were injured. In memory of January 6, House Democrats led by Hakim Jeffreys stood outside the US Capitol on Friday, along with some families of Capitol police officers killed in the attack.
“We are gathered here to honor their memory and to acknowledge with deep gratitude the tremendous bravery of the hundreds of officers who defended the citadel of democracy on that fateful day,” Jeffreys said.
Several Texas Democrats, elected to Congress but not yet sworn in, joined in Jeffreys’ memory.
Today, I gathered with my colleagues from the House of Representatives to observe a moment of silence for the 5 police officers who died and the 140 police officers who were injured that day. I will never forget their sacrifice, today we honor them and their families. pic.twitter.com/NqCf4HQeo5
— Rep Sylvia Garcia (@RepSylviaGarcia) January 6, 2023
“Today we remember the service and sacrifice of the brave law enforcement officers who fought to protect those of us on the inside and our democratic system of government,” Houston Democrat Lizzie Fletcher said. Twitter.
Since the attack, Democrats have put forward a number of tools to investigate and prevent such attacks, including a bipartisan select committee on January 6 that held 10 public hearings and conducted more than 1,000 interviews.
In December, the committee began publishing its final report, including transcripts of testimony and findings. At the end of the committee’s work, its members made history by issuing criminal cases to Trump and others.
“An investigation by a bipartisan committee on January 6 provided clear evidence that Donald Trump and his associates were responsible for the deadly attack on the Capitol,” San Antonio Democrat Joaquin Castro said. “Democracy is fragile, and it is our moral and civic duty as Americans to uphold the Constitution and ensure that nothing like this ever happens again.”
While the Democrats recognized the anniversary, the Republicans remained relatively silent on the matter, continuing to negotiate Kevin McCarthy’s candidacy for speaker. Pennsylvania MP Brian Fitzpatrick was the only Republican at the morning’s memorial, according to The Hill.
Last year, on the first anniversary, Texas Senator John Cornyn told The Associated Press that he didn’t plan to memorialize the day, and didn’t think others should, because “this thing has already become too politicized and it’s only going to make things worse.” exacerbate it.”
Fort Worth Democrat Mark Vesey said he didn’t expect the race for speakers to go on for so long. He drew comparisons to the divisions in the country and the Republican Party on display now, and during and before the Civil War, the last time speaker selection took so long.
“I just don’t think there is any surprise that we are where we are today,” Vesey said. “We have to get on our knees and thank God every day that we have a functioning democracy because we obviously can’t take it for granted.”
One of the new additions to the Texas delegation, Dallas Democrat Jasmine Crockett, said that Republicans extending the vote by this length of time would be support for Democrats.
“We’ll remind them of the dysfunction that led up to January 6, the same dysfunction that seems to permeate this house all the time,” Crockett said.
In nominating Jeffries as speaker on the 13th ballot, Rep. Veronica Escobar also referred to the anniversary of the attack.
“I shudder at the thought of what it would mean for a Republican majority to fail to govern that day and what it could mean in the future for those of us who believe in defending democracy abroad and now more than ever here at home. ” Escobar said. .
Washington correspondent Emily Caldwell provided the report.