House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) wrote a statement on Tuesday, May 18, voicing opposition to a bill that seeks to form a bipartisan commission to gauge the Jan. 6 Capitol riots. 

A top Republican and Democrat on the House Homeland Security Committee last week negotiated and reached a consensus on a 10-person bipartisan commission, in which House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer will select half of the commissioners, with the other five will be determined by House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell.

Under the proposal, the chair will be appointed by Pelosi and Schumer, whereas the vice chair position is under McCarthy and McConnell’s choice. 

Axios rerpored that the process of assembling the commission has been postponed for months, as Republicans wanted the subject of studies should also include the violence from far-left extremists which occurred last year. 

In his statement, McCarthy condemned Pelosi (D-Calif.) for deliberately trying to avoid negotiation.

“For months, the Speaker of the House refused to negotiate in good faith on basic parameters that would govern a commission to examine the January 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol,” he wrote. “During this time, the Speaker even falsely claimed in the press that she had delivered Republicans a counterproposal, when in reality her proposal would not surface until weeks later.”

McCarthy dressed that similar bipartisan investigations have been conducted, and the Office of the Architect of the Capitol has been granted $10 million to ameliorate the building to prevent any future chaos.

His statement does not omit the reminder that there was other “political violence that has struck American cities” that was as well critical to address besides the January 6 event, which includes “a Republican Congressional baseball practice, and, most recently, the deadly attack on Capitol Police on April 2, 2021.”

Pelosi, meanwhile, responded with the media on Tuesday that the Republicans’ opposition towards the bill was that they did not want to face the truth. 

Several of GOP members, with the recently ousted chairwoman Liz Cheney of Wyoming, stated that the investigation by the commission would have McCarthy subpoenaed since he spoke with former President Donald Trump when the chaos erupted. Trump was accused of inciting his supporters with his “not concede” promise to work out the integrity of the 2020 election result. 

McConnell (R-Ky) disagrees with the legislation too, Axios citing an internal source reported. He said he would go for a pause with the legislation, adding that some GOP members were unsure of the law too.

Furthermore, the source confirmed with the outlet that McConnell was considering if the current probe into the January 6 insurrection conducted by other agencies to be affected if the commission materializes.

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