Republicans filibuster bill that would establish a Jan. 6 commission

Senate Republicans on Friday blocked the Senate from moving forward on a bill that would establish a commission to investigate the January 6 riot at the United States Capitol.

The bill was proposed by the House of Representatives “to approve legislation to establish a bipartisan commission” on the Capitol incident. The bill passed by a vote of 252 to 175, with all Congressional Democrats and thirty-five Republicans voting in favor of it (CBS News). In the 54-35 vote to filibuster the proposal, six Republicans joined Democrats, which fell six votes short of the sixty needed to start debate on establishing a commission.

The six were Mitt Romney of Utah, Susan Collins of Maine, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, Ben Sasse of Nebraska, Rob Portman of Ohio, and Bill Cassidy of Louisiana. A seventh GOP senator, Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania, would have also voted to advance the House’s resolution had he not been called away from Washington for a family matter (Politico).

In response to the vote, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said, “Out of fear or fealty to Donald Trump, the Republican minority just prevented the American people from getting the full truth about January 6… Senate Republicans chose to defend the ‘big lie’ because they believe anything that might upset Donald Trump could hurt them politically” (ABC News). Multiple members of Congress have weighed in on the issue. As of right now, the investigation into the event on January 6 will continue as members of Congress continue to debate.


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