Illinois rep one of only 21 to vote against police medals for Capitol riot

U.S. Rep. Marry Miller (R-Oakland)

U.S. Rep. Mary Miller (R-Oakland) was one of only 21 members of Congress to vote against Congressional Gold Medals for police who protected lawmakers during the Jan. 6 insurrection.

The medals are the highest civilian honor Congress can bestow. The Belleville News-Democrat reported that 406 members of the House did vote to award the medals. Those voting against it were all Republicans.

Five people, including three police officers, died because of the riot.

The News-Democrat reported that Miller’s neighbors in southern Illinois, Mike Bost (R-Murphysboro) and Rodney Davis (R-Taylorville), voted to award the medals.

The Illinois Democratic County Chairs Association blasted Miller for the vote.

“Quoting Hitler, voting against certifying Electoral College votes, and now thumbing your nose at the officers who died and protected you and other members of Congress – Mary Miller, explain yourself, please,” IDCCA President Kristina Zahorik.

Miller has been under fire since she took her seat in January, starting with mentioning Hitler positively the day before the Jan. 6 riot. She has also been very vocal in her opposition to LGBTQ rights, sharing a transphobic article, blasting President Joe Biden’s rollbacks of Trump-era anti-LGBTQ rules and aligning with far right representatives such as Georgia’s Majorie Taylor Greene.