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Tonko Statement Marking One Year Since Capitol Attack

Standing with colleagues to honor Capitol Police, reflect on path forward for nation & democracy

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WASHINGTON, DC—Congressman Paul D. Tonko today joined his colleagues in Washington to mark one year since the attack on the U.S. Capitol building. Below is a statement from the Congressman commemorating that day.

“One year ago today, as Congress gathered to do our duty confirming the Presidential election and the will of the people, a violent mob tore its way through the doors of the U.S. Capitol. Lives were lost, hundreds were injured, and countless Americans continue to suffer the mental scars of that dark day for our nation. Yet out of that darkness shone a light—despite this violent attack, our democracy prevailed. The light of our republic held, kept alive by the sacrifice and service of our law enforcement that day.

“The violence on January 6th was a direct result of former President Trump’s vain and dangerous attempt to overturn the election by propagating lies about voter fraud and a stolen election and inciting his supporters towards the U.S. Capitol. This was the culmination of a broader effort to undermine the vote, from enacting draconian voting restrictions to pressuring election officials to reject duly cast ballots. This effort by the former president and his allies is ongoing to this day.

“As we reflect on the January 6th attack, we must do all in our power to ensure no such attack ever happens again by upholding and strengthening the foundation of American democracy with H.R. 1, the For the People Act, and H.R. 4, the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act. We cannot allow this day to further divide our nation but must resolve to do right by the American people and build a more perfect union, together.”


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