WASHINGTON (Gray DC) – It’s been two years since the Capitol riots on January 6, 2021. It is a day that has been burned into the hearts of many.
“I can see people running the floor on the Senate floor, where I was literally minutes ago,” recalls f.
The House Select Committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the US Capitol dissolved in December after releasing an 845-page report of its findings. The report included a list of best practices on how to avoid that repetition.
One of the committee’s recommendations was to update the Electoral College Act and close loopholes that allow losing presidential candidates to challenge election results.
Democrats were able to include the bill in a broad appropriation bill passed in December.
Members from both sides of the aisle are now calling for Congress to learn from what happened, but with a fresh start.
“I think this has to be a thing of the past,” said Rep. Mike Carey (Ohio, Republican). “We must move forward. By moving forward in this Congress, we are going to do a lot of good for the American people, and we are going to work bipartisanly.”
“Let’s protect democracy, ensure free and fair elections, and get parliaments up and running,” said Rep. Suzanne Bonamici (D-OR).
Todd Belt is Director of the Political Management Program at the George Washington University Graduate School of Political Management. He warned that decisions by the incoming Republican leadership could reopen old wounds.
“I’ve heard that the 6th of January legacy is under investigation by the 6th of January Commission and may be the result of a new Republican majority in the House,” Bert explained. “How it’s done is probably going to be really impactful.”
Mr. Belt worries that the move will further divide Americans politically.
“I think they’re sick of the divide, and I think they’re sick of the idea that we’re a very fragile democracy. They want us to move forward and move forward in a responsible way and I hope the government gets it done,” Berto said.
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