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‘You Held the Line’: Biden Honors Police, Poll Workers on Jan. 6

  • Biden awards Presidential Citizens Medals to mark anniversary
  • At Capitol, GOP struggles to elect new speaker after 13th vote
Joe Biden awards the Presidential Citizens Medal to 12 people in Washington DC on January 6. 

Joe Biden awards the Presidential Citizens Medal to 12 people in Washington DC on January 6. 

Photographer: Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images

President Joe Biden marked the anniversary of the Jan. 6 insurrection at the US Capitol by honoring police officers and election officials, while the institution faces new tumult from Republican infighting over electing a House speaker.

“On this day two years ago, our democracy held because we the people — as the Constitution refers to us — we the people did not flinch. We the people endured. We the people prevailed,” Biden said during a White House ceremony Friday, two years after a violent mob, instigated by former President Donald Trump, stormed the Capitol building to try to stop the counting of Electoral College votes.