Klobuchar Statement on the 2nd Anniversary of the January 6th Insurrection

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Chairwoman of the Senate Committee on Rules and Administration, issued the statement below on the second anniversary of the January 6, 2021 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol:

“It was two years ago that a violent mob staged an insurrection to overturn the results of a free and fair election. My heart is heavy as I think about the brave officers who lost their lives and suffered brutal injuries as a result of the attack. Thanks to their heroism, our democracy prevailed on January 6th, but it was clear that we would have to make sure what happened that day could never happen again. 

“As chair of the Senate Rules Committee, I worked with Ranking Member Blunt and leaders on the Homeland Security Committee on a bipartisan investigation into the security, planning, and response failures related to the violent and unprecedented attack. Significant progress has been made to implement our recommendations for security at the Capitol. Additionally, I led legislation with Senator Blunt to make sure the Capitol Police chief can quickly call in the National Guard in an emergency, and President Biden signed it into law. 

“We also had to help protect our democracy against future assault and prevent the electoral count process from being used as a trigger point for an insurrection. That is why I worked to get legislation updating the antiquated Electoral Count Act into the end-of-year funding package to ensure that electoral votes for president accurately reflect the will of the people and improve the process for counting electoral votes in Congress. Now that the bipartisan Electoral Count Reform Act has been signed into law, we are another step closer to protecting our country from the chaos we saw on January 6th.”