Washington, DC – In a new video released today by the Bipartisan Policy Center, former members of Congress and staff express their support and appreciation for those serving on Capitol Hill following the January 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol Building.
BPC, as a member of the CapitolStrong coalition, organized the video to send a message of solidarity to the thousands of Americans working in the legislative branch, the epicenter of our representative government.
“We often hear about the 541 individuals who serve as members of Congress, but rarely do the thousands of individuals who make the Capitol run behind the scenes get any attention,” said Michael Thorning, associate director of governance at BPC and a former Senate staffer. “While their jobs are meant to be in the background, we want them to know that they are seen, we support them, and applaud their public service and courage.”
The video includes a bipartisan array of participants, including former members of Congress Sen. Olympia Snowe, and Reps. Connie Morella, Brian Baird, Tom Perriello, and Elizabeth Esty.
Additional contributors include former staff and interns affiliated with the House of Representatives and Senate, Library of Congress, Congressional Research Service, and Congressional Budget Office.
CapitolStrong, a coalition of civil society organizations brought together by the January 6 attack, is working to strengthen and invest in the institution of Congress and the people who serve there. Already, the coalition has gathered a variety resources for the Capitol Hill community on its website, www.CapitolStrong.org.
BPC, in a previous statement, condemned the January 6 assault on the U.S. Capitol.