The US Senate on Tuesday unanimously approved the initiative to award the Gold Medals of the US Congress – the highest award of the legislature – to the police officers who defended the Capitol during its storming on January 6.
The corresponding proposal was approved in March by the House of Representatives. The initiative is expected to be approved by American President Joe Biden soon.
The bill provides for the awarding of Gold medals to the Capitol Police (an independent federal law enforcement agency that is primarily responsible for protecting Congress) and the Washington police. The third and fourth medals will be displayed in one of the capital’s museums and in the Capitol itself in honor of other law enforcement officers who defended the legislature. “This is the highest expression of gratitude from the Congress. I can’t imagine more worthy [of the Gold Medal] people than the men and women who risked their lives to protect this temple of democracy, ” said Chuck Schumer, the leader of the Democratic majority in the upper house of the legislature (from New York State).
In February, senators voted unanimously to award the Congressional Gold Medal to Capitol police officer Eugene Goodman, who defended lawmakers from rioters.