Washington – Wyoming Congresswoman Liz Cheney (R-WY) issued the following statement after the House passed H.R. 1085, legislation that she co-sponsored to award three congressional gold medals to the United States Capitol Police and those who protected the U.S. Capitol on January 6, 2021.

“Members of the U.S. Capitol Police and across law enforcement are heroes. We saw their heroism in action on January 6th when they defended the most sacred space in our Republic against violent insurrectionists who attempted to prevent Congress from carrying out its constitutional duty.

“January 6th showed that our democracy is fragile, and it was the brave men and women of law enforcement who risked their lives to defend it. Officer Sicknick and Officer Liebengood of the USCP, and Officer Smith of the D.C. police made the ultimate sacrifice as a result of what happened that day, and we will never forget them or their patriotism.

“The Congressional Gold Medal is the highest expression of appreciation bestowed by Congress. I am proud to join my colleagues from both sides of the aisle to honor these heroes who not only ensured that our institutions held on January 6th, but who willingly risk their lives every single day in defense of our nation.”   

The text of the legislation can be seen here