The Senate GOP blocked the January 6th Commission legislation on Friday before leaving for the Memorial Daybreak.
In a 54-35 vote, the House Passed bill died in the Senate, falling short of the required ten Republican votes needed to pass the legislation. RINO GOP Senators Lisa Murkowski, Mitt Romney, Susan Collins, Bill Cassidy, Rob Portman, and Ben Sasse voted in favor.
The House bill sought to create a ten-person commission with 5 Republicans and 5 Democrats in a model compared to the 9/11 commission. They sought to investigate how Trump contributed to the January 6th seige of the capitol. The bill was meant to be completed in 60 days.
Many in politics believed that the Senate GOP would block the bill; Senate Minority leader Mitch McConnell said in a statement, “I do not believe the extraneous ‘commission’ that Democratic leaders want would uncover crucial new facts or promote healing. Frankly, I do not believe it is even designed to,” he went on to say “That’s why the Speaker’s first draft began with a laughably rigged and partisan starting point, and why the current language would still lock-in significant unfairness under the hood.”
Dems claimed they wanted to get to the bottom of what led to the attack on the capital. Senate Majority leader Chuck Schumer said, “If our Republican friends vote against this, what are you afraid of? The truth? Are you afraid Donald Trump’s big lie will be dispelled? Are you afraid that all of the misinformation that has poured out will be rebutted by a bipartisan, down the middle commission?”
Republicans argued that this commission that Democrats want to create would disrupt the joint investigation overseen by the Senate Rules Committee and the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee.
The Report is expected to be released next month but will only focus on capital security and intelligence.
WHO VOTED/ WHO DIDN’T VOTE:
11 Senators who missed this Jan 6 Commission procedural vote:
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