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Durbin urges unity a year after insurrection

U.S. Senator Dick Durbin of Illinois had an up-close view of the January 6th Insurrection at...
U.S. Senator Dick Durbin of Illinois had an up-close view of the January 6th Insurrection at the U.S. Capitol last year.(WGEM)
Published: Jan. 6, 2022 at 2:46 PM CST
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QUINCY (WGEM) - U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin of Illinois is urging unity a year after the Jan. 6 uprising at the Capitol building in Washington, D.C.

Durbin had an up-close view of those events. He said it was clear the events of that day were not a random act, and people must be reminded that violence cannot be a means to a political end.

“We’ve got to find some common ground,” he said. “No matter your political beliefs, no matter what they are in this country, violence is never an alternative. What we saw last year on Jan. 6 was a violent reaction by a crowd that left the Trump rally and tried to take over the United States Capitol building.”

Durbin said hundreds more people involved in the riot stand to be charged in addition to the more than 700 who now face criminal indictment. More than 140 law enforcement officers were injured, and five people died that day. Four other law enforcement officers committed suicide in the months that followed.

While political differences are to be expected, the Senate Majority Whip pointed to the passage of the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act as an example of how members of Congress can work together to accomplish goals.

“We should try as often as possible, those things where we can work together,” he said.

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