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Senate unanimously passes legislation awarding Congressional Gold Medal to USCP Officer Goodman

Delaware News Desk
Sen. Chris Coons, D-Del., speaks to the media during a break in the impeachment trial of former President Donald Trump, on charges of inciting the deadly attack on the U.S. Capitol, in Washington on Feb. 10, 2021.

On Feb. 12, the U.S. Senate unanimously passed bipartisan legislation to award U.S. Capitol Police Officer Eugene Goodman the Congressional Gold Medal.  

The legislation was introduced in January by Sens. Chris Coons, D-Delaware; Chris Van Hollen, D-Maryland; Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio; Thom Tillis, R-North Carolina; and Ben Cardin, D-Maryland. Goodman confronted rioters in the Capitol on Jan. 6, delaying their access to the Senate chamber and protecting the lives of those inside. 

“Today, the Senate voted unanimously to award Congress’ highest honor to Officer Eugene Goodman,” said Coons. “The Congressional Gold Medal is a fitting recognition of Officer Goodman’s bravery and quick thinking, which protected not only my colleagues and me, but our democratic process. At a time of turmoil and division, Officer Goodman’s selfless actions solidified his place as a national hero, and this honor represents a small token of our gratitude and respect.” 

Companion legislation was introduced in the House by Reps. Charlie Crist, D-Florida; Emanuel Cleaver, D-Missouri; and Nancy Mace, R-South Carolina.  

The full text of the bill can be found at bit.ly/3rWwVae.