Susan Collins says Senate shouldn’t sit on January 6 anniversary
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Lawmakers are torn over whether they should sit on the anniversary of the Jan.6 attack on the United States Capitol, with some believing it to be too dangerous and others arguing that it cannot. not look like the crowd scared them.
In comments to HuffPost on Tuesday, Senator Susan Collins (R-Maine) became the most prominent voice saying lawmakers should not be in session.
“If I was in charge of the Senate, I wouldn’t have us in session on Jan.6 because you never know when someone might decide to mark the anniversary,” Collins said, suggesting there might be increased security concerns.
“I just think this day is too loaded with anxiety and anger and it would just be better if we didn’t have some sort of ‘anniversary’ from that day,” she added.
Democrats unveiled the chamber schedule for 2022 on Tuesday, with Senators returning to work the week of Jan. 3 and staying in town until the anniversary of the deadly riot that involved hundreds of supporters of the former President Donald Trump.
The House is not expected to give in for the 2022 session until January 10, but Democrats are planning to hold events to commemorate the January 6 anniversary anyway, House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer said ( D-Md.) Last week.
Rep. Susan Wild (D-Pa.) Told HuffPost that she personally wanted them to be in session that day.
“I think it’s a bad message not to be here,” said Wild. Wild was one of the last members to leave the House gallery on January 6, captured in a photo lying on the ground in distress, with Rep. Jason Crow (D-Colo.) Comforting her. She and other lawmakers who were stuck there during the riot have kept in touch and supported each other over the past year, calling themselves the “gallery group.”
Wild said there had been discussions among those members about whether they should be there for the first anniversary.
“Do we want to be here? Some of us are planning to come back anyway, ”said Wild. “Some of us talk about being together. … We don’t know what we’re going to do yet, but I’m not happy we’re not here. I feel like we should be there. I feel like the message is that somehow we were scared on January 6th, and I don’t think that’s really the case.
The White House also intends to commemorate the anniversary of the attack, press secretary Jen Psaki told reporters on Tuesday, though details are still pending.
Other senators said they saw no reason why the Senate should not sit on January 6.
“We should be at work,” Senator Raphael Warnock (D-Ga.) Told HuffPost. “I think there are safety issues all the time. And you know, we know them. But we have to do people’s jobs.
“I don’t think there is anything unique about January 6 that would make it more dangerous than any other day,” added Senator Marco Rubio (R-Fla.).
Arthur Delaney contributed reporting.
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