GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (AP) — U.S. Rep. Lauren Boebert of Colorado was one of 21 members of Congress to vote against legislation this week to honor police officers who defended the U.S. Capitol during and after the Jan. 6 insurrection, arguing that the Democratic-introduced bill was politically motivated.
Boebert, a Republican and outspoken advocate of law enforcement, objected to the bill because it was changed to include a later incident unrelated to the Capitol attack, The Grand Junction Daily Sentinel reported Thursday. On April 2, Capitol Police Officer William Evans was killed when a man drove his vehicle into Evans and other officers at a barricade. The man was killed by police.
“Using the death of an officer in April to try and score cheap political points is shameful," Boebert, a first-term congresswoman who represents Colorado’s 3rd Congressional District, said in a statement.
The legislation, introduced by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, passed the House on Tuesday by a 406-21 vote.
Boebert voted for an earlier version of the bill honoring officers for their response when hundreds of supporters of former President Donald Trump overran the Capitol and sought to stop the certification of President Joe Biden’s election victory.
The updated bill cites seven people who died and 140 police officers who were injured as a result of the Jan. 6 insurrection. It would award medals of honor to Capitol and Washington, D.C., officers for their actions that day.
Seven people died during and after the rioting, including a Trump supporter who was shot and killed while breaking into the House chamber, three other Trump supporters who died of medical emergencies and two officers who died by suicide in the days that followed. Capitol Police Officer Brian Sicknick collapsed and later died after engaging with the protesters, but a medical examiner determined he died of natural causes.
Boebert thanked Capitol police “for your tireless service” and “unending bravery” in a tweet after Sicknick’s death.
Colorado’s six other U.S. representatives supported the legislation this week.
Boebert, a Trump loyalist, tweeted about Pelosi’s whereabouts on Jan. 6, leading to allegations that she was helping those attacking the Capitol, which she vehemently denies. She said in a statement Monday that a House ethics committee had cleared her of a complaint that she possibly helped the rioters.
The Sentinel reported that the 10-member panel didn’t have enough votes to approve an investigation. It said a similar complaint is pending before the Office of Congressional Ethics, which is operated by nonpartisan staff.