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President Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris will visit the United States Capitol on Thursday to mark the anniversary of last year’s riot.
The President and Vice President will deliver remarks as they appear on Capitol Hill on the anniversary of the January 6 protests on Capitol Hill, which saw thousands of supporters of former President Donald Trump walk through the entrance and flood the building while Congress certified the 2020 presidential election results.
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The news comes as parliamentary minority leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., sent a letter to Republicans Thursday who partly berated Democrats for failing to understand how the building was so easily compromised.
“This week will mark a year after the riots on Capitol Hill. As we have said from the start, today’s actions were illegal and as bad as they can get,” McCarthy said in the letter. “Our Capitol should never be compromised and those who broke the law deserve to face legal repercussions and full accountability.
“Sadly, a year later, the majority party doesn’t seem any closer to answering the central question of how the Capitol was left so unprepared and what needs to be done to ensure that it does not happen again,” added McCarty.
McCarthy also targeted Democrats for using the riots “as a partisan political weapon to further divide our country.”
As an update, Rodney Davis, Ranking Member of the House Administration, will send a note to each of your offices outlining the significant and measurable steps that should be taken to protect our Capitol from all threats – from measures that the current majority party is negligent in its action on, ”McCarty said.
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Thursday will mark the first anniversary of the riots, which saw Ashli Babbitt, a 35-year-old Air Force veteran, fatally shot by a Capitol police officer while trying to force her entry into the chamber of the chamber. Brian Sicknick, a 42-year-old Capitol Police officer, was pepper sprayed during the chaos and died the next day after having suffered two thromboembolic strokes.
Three more death from natural causes.