January 06, 2022

New Democrat Coalition Chair DelBene Statement on the Anniversary of January 6th Attack on the U.S. Capitol

Today, on the first anniversary of the January 6th attack on the United States Capitol, New Democrat Coalition Chair Suzan DelBene (WA-01) released the following statement: 

“One year ago today, armed insurrectionists launched an attack on the U.S. Capitol in an attempt to subvert our democracy and forcefully overturn the results of the 2020 election. We will forever be grateful for the bravery of the U.S. Capitol Police officers on January 6th and pay tribute to those who lost their lives as a result of the attack. 

“While our democracy proved stronger than those who carried out the assault, January 6, 2021 remains a stain on our nation, and the threat to our sacred institutions persists. We must never take our democracy for granted, and it is Congress’ obligation to preserve it. 

“Following the insurrection, the New Democrat Coalition worked with our colleagues to establish an independent commission to investigate the events of January 6th. When that effort was blocked by Senate Republicans, our members supported the creation of the bipartisan Select Committee to Investigate the January 6th Attack on the U.S. Capitol in the House. New Dems are dedicated to uncovering the truth, holding accountable those responsible for this horrible day, and ensuring a deadly event like this never happens again. 

“We must also remain vigilant about upholding our free and fair elections. The Coalition endorsed and voted to advance both H.R.1, the For The People Act and H.R. 4, the John R. Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act to reduce corruption, strengthen our democracy, and protect access to the ballot box. But Congress’ work is not done. In order to preserve our democracy, the Senate must move swiftly to pass voting rights legislation to restore Americans’ faith in our elections and protect the fundamental right to vote.”