Senate Republicans slow down bill to create commission of inquiry into riot on Capitol Hill
Senate Republicans on Friday halted efforts to form a bipartisan commission on Jan.6 to investigate the attack on Capitol Hill, marking the first successful legislative flibust mounted by the GOP minority.
The legislation needed 60 votes on Friday to overcome a GOP filibuster, but Republicans blocked the legislation from moving forward in a procedural vote. The vote was 54 to 35. Only six Republicans joined the Democrats: Sens. Susan Collins from Maine, Lisa Murkowski from Alaska, Mitt Romney from Utah, Bill Cassidy from Louisiana, Ben Sasse from Nebraska and Rob Portman from Ohio.
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The House already passed May 19 legislation to form the Independent Group with the backing of 35 Republicans, despite opposition from former President Trump and Minority House Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif.
But legislation has faced a surge in the 50-50 split Senate, with Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., also opposing the commission. McConnell argued that there were already enough investigations into the Jan.6 attack.
“I don’t believe the extra and redundant ‘commission’ that Democratic leaders want would uncover crucial new facts or promote healing,” McConnell said Thursday. “Frankly, I don’t even think it’s designed for.”
The GOP filibuster on Friday on the Jan.6 commission Friday means the legislation is likely dead for now. But its failure is sure to intensify pressure on Democrats to abolish legislative obstruction completely and will only require a simple majority vote to move future legislation forward.
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On January 6, hundreds of people stormed the Capitol to prevent Congress from certifying President-elect Biden’s victory in the Electoral College. They violently overtook the police, destroyed Capitol property and called for the murder of then-Vice President Mike Pence.
The crowd briefly halted the certification process in Congress, with lawmakers having to evacuate chambers and take cover. Ultimately, 140 police officers were injured and five people died, including Capitol Hill cop Brian Sicknick, who suffered a stroke after the attack.
More than 400 people were criminally charged in the January 6 riot.
Sicknick’s mother Gladys Sicknick visited GOP senators on Thursday to personally urge them to support an independent bipartisan commission to investigate the origins of the attack, saying, “I just couldn’t remain silent any longer.”
But politics was high at stake, as Trump still has a great grip on the GOP, and Republicans believe overtaking the attack is important to their chances of winning the 2022 midterm election.
“I want our mid-term message to be … jobs and wages, the economy and national security and safe streets … and not to relaunch the 2020 election,” Senator John previously said. Thune, RS.D. The hill concerns about how the commission might undermine the GOP’s mid-term message. “Anything that allows us to rehash the 2020 elections, I think, is a wasted day.”
Ahead of the vote, Majority Leader Sen. Chuck Schumer, DN.Y., implored his GOP colleagues to back the bipartisan panel and stop supporting Trump’s ‘big lie’ that he actually won the elections. 2020 elections.
“Are you afraid that Donald Trump’s big lie will be dispelled?” Schumer asked his GOP colleagues for their opposition to the commission.
“This is about the future of our democracy. The big lie has eroded this democracy, and we must do all we can to refute it.”
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According to the proposal adopted by the House, the panel on January 6 would be a bipartite commission of 10 people. Half of the commissioners would be appointed by Democrats and the other half by Republicans. The commission would have subpoena power to conduct the investigation, but there must be a bipartisan agreement on issuing subpoenas.
The commission is expected to publish a final report before December 31, 2021.
Chad Pergram of Fox News contributed to this report.