Reps. Crow, Wild Introduce the Capitol Remembrance Act
WASHINGTON - Reps. Jason Crow (CO-06) and Susan Wild (PA-07) today introduced the Capitol Remembrance Act, which would direct the Architect of the Capitol to install an educational exhibit as a memorial to the January 6, 2021 attacks on the U.S. Capitol. The legislation would ensure the January 6th attacks, which desecrated our seat of government and threatened the fabric of our democracy, are never lost to history.
“January 6th was one of the darkest days of our democracy. Two months later, we’ve already seen people in positions of public trust try to dismiss the attacks as insignificant,” said Congressman Jason Crow. “The Capitol Remembrance Act would serve as a memorial to the heroic law enforcement officers who lost their lives and a reminder to future generations that our democracy is only as strong as our willingness to uphold it.”
“On January 6th, our democracy was tested in unprecedented ways,” said Congresswoman Susan Wild. “Domestic terrorists carried racist and anti-Semitic symbols into the Capitol and across the complex, committed acts of vandalism and desecration in offices and on the floor of the chamber, and, most tragically, engaged in a rampage of violence. What happened in the U.S. Capitol that day must never be allowed to happen again. Our effort will help ensure the sobering consequences of violent, anti-democratic rhetoric may never be lost to history.”
Crow and Wild were joined by 14 cosponsors in introducing the legislation.
The Capitol Remembrance Act directs the Architect of the Capitol to install an educational exhibit in the U.S. Capitol that would include:
- A plaque honoring law enforcement agencies that participated in protecting the U.S. Capitol on January 6, 2021; the sacrifice of heroes including U.S. Capitol Police Officers Brian Sicknick and Howard Liebengood, Metropolitan Police Department Officer Jeffrey Smith, and those who sustained injuries; and the Capitol staff that helped restore the Capitol complex after the attack;
- The preservation of property damaged during the attack on the U.S. Capitol; and
- The inclusion of existing photographs and/or the commissioning of a new painting depicting the attack.
The full text of the bill can be found here.