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House Democrats, Republicans address violent attack on U.S. Capitol

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - The Illinois House started Tuesday's session with several members addressing the attack on the U.S. Capitol last week.

Members were emotional on the floor as they denounced the attacks on federal lawmakers. They also Illinois Congresswoman Marry Miller referencing Adolf Hitler during a rally speech. Rep. Bob Morgan (D-Deerfield) spoke on behalf of the entire Jewish Caucus, showing frustration with Rep. Miller using Hitler's words before an attack on one of the country's most important buildings.

Morgan stressed the recent events underscored the importance of the General Assembly's work during lame-duck session.

"Justice for all requires police reform and accountability, it requires equity in our government services. It requires education that is colorblind, and it requires healthcare that eliminates the death gap from one white zip code to a nearby Black zip code," Morgan said. "Our actions here today, right now, are the best way to honor those who defended our freedom in DC."

Rep. Tim Butler (R-Springfield) also spoke about the insurgence at the Capitol as someone who worked 20 years in the building with many friends inside this week. Butler said something is wrong with the country when citizens attack their own capitol.

"Words really matter, folks. Words really matter," Butler said. "And if you're not stepping up and denouncing this no matter where you fall on the political spectrum, I don't have a place for you."

Butler said he was happy to see U.S. House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy denounced President Donald Trump's comments. However, he said more lawmakers need to step up.

Calling for civility

The Republican said this is a dangerous time in the country with reports of armed protests starting this weekend at every state capitol building. Butler explained lawmakers can have disagreements on legislation, but they can also get along outside of debate.

"We have to project that to the constituents and the citizens of the United States as well," Butler added.

Rep. Carol Ammons (D-Urbana) also addressed the Washington incident, recalling a long history of racist attacks on Black Americans.

"So we who have been the victim of that kind of terrorism for hundreds of years recognize these actions. And we do call on our Republican colleagues to not just say how bad that was, but to actually take action because there is a threat that is on this capitol in this state that is allegedly supposed to happen within the next few days."

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