Senate passes bill to award Capitol Police officer Congressional Gold Medal

The Senate on Friday passed legislation to award Capitol Police Officer Eugene Goodman the Congressional Gold Medal for his actions responding to the violent Jan. 6 riot.

The Senate passed the legislation unanimously as it wrapped up the fourth day of former President TrumpDonald TrumpNorth Carolina Senate passes trio of election measures 14 Republicans vote against making Juneteenth a federal holiday Border state governors rebel against Biden's immigration chaos MORE's impeachment trial, injecting a rare moment of bipartisanship in what has been a week marked by deep political divides. 

The Senate broke out in applause for Goodman, who was in the chamber as they passed the bill, minutes before passing the bill by unanimous consent. 


Goodman has been praised as a hero for leading the mob away from an immediate entrance to the Senate chamber on Jan. 6 as staffers were racing to lock down the chamber. 

A video posted on Twitter by HuffPost's Igor Bobic shows Goodman being chased by rioters as he heads to the second floor of the Senate side of the Capitol building. Goodman then leads the mob, who were within feet of entrance to the Senate chamber, to a back corridor where other law enforcement officers were waiting. 

Bobic said the incident happened at 2:14 p.m., while a pool report from a reporter sheltering in the Senate chamber said it was locked down at 2:15 p.m. 

Senate GOP Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellLoeffler meets with McConnell amid speculation of another Senate run Manchin opens door to supporting scaled-down election reform bill Pelosi, Schumer must appoint new commissioners to the CARES Act oversight panel MORE (R-Ky.) acknowledged on Friday that Goodman's actions might have prevented rioters coming face-to-face with senators. 

"If not for the quick thinking and bravery of Officer Eugene Goodman, in particular, people in this chamber may not have escaped that day unharmed," he said. 


New video this week from the House impeachment managers also showed Goodman directing Sen. Mitt RomneyWillard (Mitt) Mitt RomneyChina's genocide must be stopped How Biden can get the infrastructure bill through Congress The Hill's 12:30 Report: Sights and sounds from Biden's European trip MORE (R-Utah) back into the Senate chamber as rioters broke into the building.

"Here in this trial, we saw new video, powerful video, showing his calmness under pressure, his courage in the line of duty, his foresight in the midst of chaos, and his willingness to make himself a target of the mob’s rage so that others might reach safety," Senate Majority Leader Chuck SchumerChuck SchumerSenate panel unanimously advances key Biden cyber nominees Overnight Energy: Schumer to trigger reconciliation process Wednesday | Bipartisan bill would ban 'forever chemicals' in cosmetics | Biden admin eyes step toward Trump-era proposal for uranium reserve GOP senator: I want to make Biden a 'one-half-term president' MORE (D-N.Y.) said. 

"Officer Goodman is in the chamber tonight. Officer Goodman: thank you," he added. 

The bill still needs to pass the House, where Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy Pelosi Pelosi says she's giving Senate more time on Jan. 6 commission Ocasio-Cortez, Gillibrand and Moulton call for more high-speed rail funding in infrastructure package Pelosi picks Democrats for special panel tackling inequality MORE (D-Calif.) has said that Democrats will soon grant the Congressional Gold Medal to the officers on duty guarding the Capitol when it was attacked on Jan. 6.

--Updated at 9:44 p.m.