Majority Leader Schumer Floor Remarks On The Officer Goodman Congressional Gold Medal Act And Recognizing Police Officers Who Protected the Capitol on January 6th

February 12, 2021

Washington, D.C.   Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) today spoke on the Senate floor regarding a resolution to honor Capitol Police Officer Eugene Goodman with the Congressional Gold Medal for the courage and bravery he displayed while protecting the Senate from insurrectionists on January 6th. The resolution subsequently passed the Senate by unanimous consent. Below are Senator Schumer’s remarks:

In a moment I will ask the Senate to pass legislation that would award Capitol Police Officer Eugene Goodman the Congressional Gold Medal.

In the weeks after the attack on January 6th, the world learned about the incredible bravery of Officer Goodman on that fateful day. Here in this trial, we saw new video, powerful video, showing his calmness under pressure, his courage in the line of duty, his foresight in the midst of chaos, and his willingness to make himself a target of the mob’s rage so that others might reach safety.

Officer Goodman is in the chamber tonight. Officer Goodman: thank you. The Senate salutes you.

I just want to say I think we can all agree that Eugene Goodman deserves the highest honor Congress can bestow. But before we I move to pass this legislation, I want to be clear that he was not alone that day.

The nation saw and has now seen numerous examples of the heroic conduct of the Capitol Police, the Metropolitan Police, the SWAT teams that were with us on January 6th here in the Capitol protecting us. 

Our heartfelt gratitude extends to each and every one of them, particularly now, as members of the force continue to bear scars, seen and unseen, from the events on that disgraceful day.

Let us give them all the honor and recognition they so justly deserve.

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