AUGUSTA — Today, Senate President Troy Jackson, D-Allagash, released the following statement commemorating the one-year anniversary of the deadly attacks on the U.S. Capitol:

“One year ago today, I was working in my office when I got word that a group of insurgents had descended upon the United States Capitol building in what I can only describe as an act of domestic terrorism. Despite hearing those words, it was impossible to imagine that something so egregious was taking place in this country. It wasn’t until I turned on the television and watched these horrific events unfold on the steps of the United States Capitol — the heart of our federal government — that it became clear that our democracy, our values, and our way of life were under attack.

“For hours, I watched in horror as a violent mob stormed the U.S. Capitol, overcoming law enforcement and forcing members of Congress — Democrat, Republican and Independent — into lockdown in an attempt to thwart the results of the 2020 election. A day where Congress had assembled to do its duty as outlined in both the U.S. Constitution and the federal Electoral Count Act of 1887 transformed into an outright attack on our free and fair elections. It was like nothing I’d ever seen in my lifetime.

“As we commemorate this solemn day in our nation’s history, we cannot forget the violence inflicted on the brave men and women serving in law enforcement that day, and the physical and mental toll it has taken in the weeks and months following the attacks. Instead, we must hold perpetrators accountable, and do everything in our power to protect the right of Americans to fully participate in our democracy and vote in free and fair elections.”

The Maine Legislature adopted a Joint Resolution, sponsored by President Jackson, commemorating the attacks earlier this week. The vote was unanimous in the Senate, and 77-49 in the House.

Sen. Troy Jackson, D-Allagash, is the president of the Maine Senate

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