Republican Senator Susan Collins spoke to reporters following her meeting with the girlfriend of the fallen U.S. Capitol Cop Brian Sicknick, Sandra Garza, USCP officer Harry Dunn, and DC Metropolitan Police Officer Michael Fanone. Sicknick’s mother, Gladys Sicknick, did not attend this meeting.
Speaking of your stance on the Commission, Collins said: ‘You are the reason I am fighting so hard to create this Commission so that we can better understand the attack on our democracy and the heroic actions that have been taken that day. ” save our lives and the lives of everyone who worked in the camp. “
The Republican Senator from Maine said she thought her amendment to correct the “flaw” in the House bill addressed the main objection to the bill and that she had the approval of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on her amendment .
“I hope that with this amendment we will get a sufficient number of Republicans to pass the bill. We owe it to the brave men and women who defended our lives that day. And, in some cases, lives at their expense. And.” that’s why I feel so strong about it. “
Collins is one of only three GOP Senators to have expressed support for advancing the law – Democrats need 10. Republicans are in the Senate today.
Fanone said he had come to educate lawmakers about his experience that day.
“I want Congress to come together in a non-partisan way and really get to the bottom of it on January 6th. I think we need to heal from the trauma we all experienced that day,” he said. “That’s why I think it’s so important.”
Garza said she was frustrated with Republicans who still don’t want to support the commission.
“I find it very worrying that someone would not want to support this,” she said. “Why shouldn’t you want to get to the bottom of such horrific violence? You know that you are here today and with your families and that you are comfortable because the law enforcement agencies are operating that day. So I don’t understand why they are and why.” resist getting to the bottom of what happened that day and fully understanding how it happened. It just confuses me. “
Garza said she wants senators to “think of Brian Sicknick, Officer Liebengood, and Officer Jeffrey Smith. They sacrificed their lives that day. They really did. It doesn’t matter that Brian’s cause of death was natural,” she said with air quotes around the word natural.
“He still died defending her that day. And Officer Liebengood and Officer Smith. They died from the aftermath of trauma that day,” she said.
Garza said she still hopes her conversations with senators will change her mind.
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