Dem Lawmakers Want To Force Students To Commemorate Jan. 6 With Day of Observance

US Democratic Representative of New York, Hakeem Jeffries (R), and a bipartisan group of lawmakers observe a moment of silence on the east front steps of the US Capitol to honor the police officers who lost their lives in the attack on the Capitol, on the second anniversary of the January 6, 2021 attack in Washington, DC, on January 6, 2023. (Photo by OLIVIER DOULIERY / AFP) (Photo by OLIVIER DOULIERY/AFP via Getty Images)

Pennsylvania Democrats wish to remind schoolchildren of the Jan. 6 riot at US Capitol.
Three Democratic state legislators — Senator Art Haywood, Reps. Chris Rabb, and Ed Neilson – have promised to introduce legislation to force Keystone State students to observe “1/6 Day.”

According to Center Square, Rabb “teased” the bill last week and stated that it places Pennsylvanians on the path toward atonement.

Rabb stated, “This legislation is about accepting truth and being an active country in fighting oppression systems.” “This moment requires reconciliation and a clear-eyed, honest assessment of the steps necessary to get back on track toward the atonement and healing we so desperately require.”

Haywood appealed to state legislators last month to support his bill, using language normally reserved for honoring military servicemen.

This legislation honors those who gave their lives to protect the nation from insurrectionists at Washington’s Capitol and Members of Congress who stood up against them. Nine people were killed by injuries sustained in the battle, or afterward. Five police officers also died.

I am pleased to co-sponsor this bill to make sure that our students remember to honor the sacrifices and courage of the fallen as well as those who survived to defend the Constitution and nation on January 6.
The current composition of the Pennsylvania Legislature does not allow for any legislation to enforce Jan. 6.

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Republicans currently hold a slim majority in Pennsylvania’s House of Representatives, but a large majority in the state Senate. Even if the bill were passed by the state House, it is likely to be dead in the state Senate.

A top Pennsylvania senator objected recently to the use of Jan. 6 as an insurrection, since no one involved has been charged in the riot with insurrection.