Senate Republicans block national commission on January 6 insurrection

WASHINGTON — Senate Republicans blocked the creation of a bipartisan, independent commission to investigate the deadly January 6 assault on the U.S. Capitol Friday, falling short of the 10 Republican votes needed to pass this crucial bill, that left five people dead, injured 140 police officers, and attacked the chamber in which they worked.



Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021 – Domestic terrorists 'storming' the U.S. Capitol. (Photo/Julian Leshay)



The vote was 54 to 35, with six Republicans voting alongside Democrats, indicating some bipartisan support. However, the bill - H.R.3233 - needed 60 votes to advance.


The six GOP senators who voted alongside their Democratic colleagues are:

  • Mitt Romney of Utah

  • Susan Collins of Maine

  • Bill Cassidy of Louisiana

  • Rob Portman of Ohio

  • Lisa Murkowski of Alaska

  • Ben Sasse of Nebraska.


Meanwhile, nine Republicans and two Democrats didn’t even bother to show up.


They are:

  • Republican Sen. Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania

  • Republican Sen. Richard Burr of North Carolina

  • Republican Sen. Marsha Blackburn of Tennessee

  • Republican Sen. Roy Blunt of Missouri

  • Republican Sen. Mike Braun of Indiana

  • Republican Sen. Jim Inhofe of Oklahoma

  • Republican Sen. Mike Rounds of South Dakota

  • Republican Sen. James Risch of Idaho

  • Republican Sen. Richard Shelby of Alabama

  • Democratic Sen. Patty Murray of Washington

  • Democratic Sen. Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona


The majority of the Senate Republicans who voted to block this crucial bill won’t even debate, the attempted coup incided by then President Trump.



U.S. Rep. Andrew Clyde, R-Ga went so far to compare the attempted coup in the U.S. Capital and Democracy itself as:

–“You know, if you didn’t know the TV footage was a video from Jan.6, you would actually think it was a normal tourist visit." - Rep. Andrew Clyde (R-Ga)

Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021 – A now known Thomas Webster, retired NYPD and violent Trump supporter assaults Metro PD Officer Rathbun - No. 3855 - at the Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021. This image was used as photographic evidence by Rep. Joaquin Castro on Wed., Feb. 10, 2021 as part of the case against former President Trump. (Photo/Julian Leshay)



Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021 – A now known Thomas Webster, retired NYPD and violent Trump supporter assaults Metro PD Officer Rathbun - No. 3855 - at the Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021. This image was used as photographic evidence by Rep. Joaquin Castro on Wed., Feb. 10, 2021 as part of the case against former President Trump. (Photo/Julian Leshay)



Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021 – A now known Thomas Webster, retired NYPD and violent Trump supporter assaults Metro PD Officer Rathbun - No. 3855 - at the Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021. This image was used as photographic evidence by Rep. Joaquin Castro on Wed., Feb. 10, 2021 as part of the case against former President Trump. (Photo/Julian Leshay)




What's in the bill - H.R.3233?

  • The commission would have attempted to find bipartisan consensus.

  • The composition of the commission would have been evenly split by the Democratic and Republican leaders of the House and Senate to 10 members.

  • Powers of Commision –– A subpoena can only be issued by agreement of the majority of members, or if the commission's chairperson, chosen by Democrats, and the vice-chairperson, chosen by Republicans, come to an agreement.

  • Final Report — The commission would have been also required to submit to the President and Congress a final report (findings, conclusions, and recommendations for corrective measures as agreed by the majority of Commision members) by the end of 2021 and dissolve 60 days thereafter –– about nine months before the 2022 elections.

  • The House passed the bill 252-175 last week, with 35 Republicans joining Democrats.


Current investigation into the January 6 Insurrection:


Several congressional committees are investigating the government’s planning and response to the violent assault on the U.S. Capital, and several federal watchdogs have launched a sweeping review of how the FBI, the Pentagon and other agencies responded to the violent attack, including reviews of ‘officials’ actions.


More than 440 ‘alleged’ participants in the violent attack have been arrested and officials say they expect to charge another 100.


Several of those arrested were police officers, and dozens were military veterans.




It begs the question as to why the GOP is so afraid for the nation to find out the vital truth about what occurred on January 6?




For more WNJ coverage on the January 6 insurection:

First Hand Account Documenting The Violent Capitol Siege – "Save America" March

Capitol Hill Insurrection (Photos/Julian Leshay)

Webster assaults MPD Rathbun (Photos/Julian Leshay)

What the hell am I looking at??

Op-Ed: The Inauguration of a Bifurcated Moment




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