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The stated purpose of HR 3325 seemed pretty uncontroversial: “To award four congressional gold medals to the United States Capitol Police and those who protected the US Capitol on January 6, 2021.”

So why did 21 House Republicans vote against the measure on Wednesday?

Good question! Let’s answer it.

The measure was introduced by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi as, ostensibly, a goodwill gesture to honor the US Capitol Police – and other law enforcement officers – who responded to the violent riot at the US Capitol on January 6.

Here’s the relevant text from the bill itself:

(1) Every day, the United States Capitol Police (“Capitol Police”) protects the U.S. Capitol, Members of Congress, congressional staff and institutional staff, journalists, and the visiting public.

(2) On January 6, 2021, a mob of insurrectionists forced its way into the U.S. Capitol building and congressional office buildings and engaged in acts of vandalism, looting, and violently attacked Capitol Police officers.

(3) The sacrifice of heroes including Capitol Police Officers Brian Sicknick and Howard Liebengood, Metropolitan Police Department Officer Jeffrey Smith, and those who sustained injuries, and the courage of Capitol Police Officer Eugene Goodman, exemplify the patriotism and the commitment of Capitol Police officers, and those of other law enforcement agencies, to risk their lives in service of our country.

(4) Up to seven Americans died following this violent attack, and more than 140 law enforcement officers suffered physical injuries, including 15 officers who were hospitalized.

(5) The desecration of the U.S. Capitol, which is the temple of our American Democracy, and the violence targeting Congress are horrors that will forever stain our Nation’s history.