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We have to be honest about January 6th

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This piece was originally published in the January 6, 2022 edition of CAP Action’s newsletter, the Progress Report. Subscribe to the Progress Report here.

“We will not allow [President Trump] to hide the truth about January 6th, or his conduct, from the American people.” – Rep. Liz Cheney

Today marks the anniversary of a somber day for democracy—the Capitol insurrection and attempt to overturn the 2020 election. Just years ago, that sentence would be unthinkable in the United States, but today it is the truth. 

We can never forget the motivations of the people who attacked our Capitol and our democracy. They were motivated by a lie both told and supported by GOP leaders and media figures. We cannot let those same people rewrite the history of what happened on January 6, 2021, and the efforts to overturn a presidential election that continue today. Our democracy hangs in the balance.

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IN THE NEWS

  • In a “Dear Colleague” letter, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer announced that his chief task for the new year would be to reform and protect our democracy, setting Martin Luther King Jr. Day as the deadline for the Senate to either bring proposed voting rights legislation to the floor in a bipartisan fashion, or to change Senate rules to allow them to be passed by the Democratic majority.
  • Walmart, the largest private employer in America, has announced that they are reducing the paid leave of people who become infected with COVID-19 from two weeks to one week. The annual salary of Walmart employees is just $24,960 a year.
  • According to Dr. Jeffrey Shaman of Columbia University, January 2022 is likely to be the worst month on record for COVID-19 cases in the United States. However, he projects that far fewer of those cases will require hospitalization.

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This piece was originally published in the January 16, 2022 edition of CAP Action’s newsletter, the Progress Report. Subscribe to the Progress Report here.

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