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January 6, 2023

Pressley Statement on Two-Year Anniversary of January 6th Insurrection

Congresswoman Attended Remembrance Event on Capitol Steps Earlier Today

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WASHINGTON – Today, Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley (MA-07) issued the following statement on the two-year anniversary of the January 6th insurrection. Earlier today, Rep. Pressley joined Leader Hakeem Jeffries and House Democrats at a remembrance event on the Capitol steps.

“Two years ago, American democracy came to a halt when a violent mob—incited by Donald Trump and insurrectionist Republicans—attacked the Capitol to prevent the peaceful transfer of power and silence the will of the people. Today, we have yet to see meaningful accountability for those who enabled and incited this shameful insurrection, and it is a damning commentary that many of the same Republican insurrectionists are once again holding up proceedings and undermining public faith in our democracy on the House floor.

“While Republicans continue to fail the people and demonstrate their inability to govern, I remain committed to pursuing accountability, safeguarding our democracy, and rooting out violent white supremacy in all its forms. I’m grateful to the January 6th Committee for its thorough and transparent investigation, and I thank Chairman Bennie Thompson for his historic leadership. I urge the Department of Justice to act on the Committee’s criminal referrals and immediately prosecute Donald Trump, and hold everyone involved in the deadly attack accountable, including those in the previous Administration and Members of Congress. We must continue working to protect the sacred right to vote and strengthen our election laws to prevent future attempts to overturn our democratic elections.

“What took place on January 6th was traumatic for everyone involved, including the Congressional staff, facilities workers, Capitol Police officers, Members of Congress, and the American public. We owe it to them—and to those who lost their lives that day—to never grow complacent, to be relentless in our pursuit of accountability, and to do everything in our power to ensure an attack like this never happens again.”