Congress Misses Deadline for Jan. 6 Officers’ Plaque by Over a Year

Honoring Capitol Police

As Congress gears up to recognize law enforcement during National Police Week in Washington, the officers who defended the U.S. Capitol during the January 6, 2021 attack are still waiting for a memorial to be placed in the building. A plaque was commissioned by Congress to honor the officers who responded to the riot, with a completion deadline set for March 2023. Unfortunately, the plaque has yet to be installed, with House Republicans being blamed for the delay.

Blame Game

Multiple sources have pointed fingers at House Republicans for the hold-up in the installation of the memorial plaque at the U.S. Capitol. Despite requests for comments on the delay, Republicans on relevant committees have redirected inquiries to the office of House Speaker Mike Johnson, who has assured that efforts are in place to mount the plaque but has not provided a specific date for its installation.

Political Standoff

Presumptive Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump is considering pardoning hundreds of Capitol rioters who were involved in the attack that left 140 police officers injured. Meanwhile, certain House Republicans, including Mike Johnson, have been accused of downplaying the events of January 6 and pushing misinformation about election security.

Concerns Raised

Representative Zoe Lofgren, concerned about the delay in plaque installation, has reached out to House Speaker Johnson for an explanation. She stated in a letter that it is deeply troubling that the memorial, mandated by law to be placed by March 2023, has not yet been installed.

Political Drama

The 2022 government funding bill instructed Congress to create a plaque honoring the officers who protected the U.S. Capitol on January 6, 2021. However, there has been a delay in completing this task, raising questions about the efficiency of the architect of the Capitol in meeting deadlines.

Architectural Challenges

Senator Mitt Romney has questioned whether the delay in installing the memorial plaque is due to the slow pace of work by the architect of the Capitol. The office responsible for maintaining the Capitol complex has faced turmoil following the firing of Architect J. Brett Blanton in February 2023.

Unmet Deadlines

The deadline for installing the memorial plaque lapsed while former House Speaker Kevin McCarthy was in office, with Mike Johnson taking over the role in October. Johnson is now set to host a prayer vigil and flag-laying ceremony at the Capitol to honor fallen law enforcement officers as part of National Police Week.

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