Republican Sen. Susan Collins spoke with reporters following her assembly with fallen US Capitol Police Officer Brian Sicknick’s girlfriend, Sandra Garza, and USCP Officer Harry Dunn and DC Metropolitan Police Officer Michael Fanone. Sicknick’s mom, Gladys Sicknick, didn’t be part of them for this assembly.
Collins spoke about her stance on the fee, saying “they’re the rationale that I’m combating so laborious for the creation of this fee, in order that we will higher perceive the assault on our democracy, and the heroic actions that had been taken that day to avoid wasting our lives and the lives of everybody who labored within the camp.”
The Republican senator from Maine mentioned she thinks her modification to repair the “flaw” within the Home invoice addressed the key objection to the invoice, and that she has secured the settlement of Home Speaker Nancy Pelosi on her modification.
“My hope is that we will get, with this modification, a ample variety of Republicans to cross the invoice. We owe it to the courageous women and men who defended our lives that day. And in some instances did so at the price of their lives. And that is why I really feel so strongly about that.”
Collins is one in every of solely three GOP senators who’ve expressed their assist for advancing the laws – Democrats want 10. Republicans are within the Senate at the moment.
Fanone mentioned he got here to teach lawmakers about his experiences that day.
“I need to see Congress come collectively in a bipartisan style and actually unravel it, January 6, I believe it’s a necessity for us to heal from the trauma that all of us skilled that day,” he mentioned. “That is why I believe it is so essential.”
Garza mentioned she’s annoyed by Republicans who nonetheless don’t need to assist the fee.
“I believe it’s extremely disturbing that anybody wouldn’t need to assist this,” she mentioned. “Why would they not need to unravel such horrific violence? You already know they’re right here at the moment and with their households and cozy, due to the actions of legislation enforcement that day. So I do not perceive why they why they might resist attending to the underside of what occurred that day and totally understanding the way it occurred. It simply boggles my thoughts.”
Garza mentioned she desires senators “to be enthusiastic about Brian Sicknick, Officer Liebengood, and Officer Jeffrey Smith. They sacrificed their lives that day. They actually did. It would not matter that Brian’s reason behind loss of life was pure” she mentioned, utilizing air quotes across the phrase pure.
“He nonetheless died defending them that day. And Officer Liebengood, and Officer Smith. They died on account of the trauma that day,” she mentioned.
Garza mentioned she’s nonetheless hopeful that her conversations with senators will change minds.