The proposal to form up a bipartisan commission to gauge the January 6 Capitol Riot from the Democrats has been blocked by unsupportive GOP members.
On Friday, May 29, Senate Republicans rejected efforts by the Democrats to create a commission for further investigation into the nature of the violence that erupted in the Capitol on January 6, with a vote of 54-35. Due to the filibuster rule, the legislation requires 60 votes from the Republican senators to advance.
Yet only six Republicans, including Republicans Mitt Romney, Susan Collins, Bill Cassidy, Lisa Murkowski, Rob Portman, and Ben Sasse, supported the formation of the dual-party resolution.
The voting session missed out on two Democrat votes from Sens. Patty Murray of Washington state and Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona for their absence, and nine votes from the Republican side with Sens. Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania and Richard Burr of North Carolina.
On May 14, the House reached a deal on the 9/11-style commission to conduct a probe on the Jan. 6 riot, which would have House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer to appoint half of the commissioners and leave the other half for House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell to decide.
The Democrats would determine the chair position, whereas the Republicans can choose a vice-chair.
The Democrats and several other GOP members alluded to former President Donald Trump’s speech on the 2020 election integrity that incited the commotion, which took the lives of five people with one Capitol police officer among them. The former president was soon impeached for the event but then acquitted.
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy condemned Trump at first for the undesirable event at the Capitol, but recently has changed his course and closed ranks with the former president.
According to The New York Post, the legislation that seemingly was a fair settlement between both parties was doubted by top Republicans, who said that dwelling on this particular event would interrupt other investigations that other law enforcement agencies are conducting.
On May 18, Kevin McCarthy wrote a statement of vehement opposition to the bill, saying that such commission was an undue effort from the Democrats on the Jan. 6 incident, whereas there have been other violent acts that also require attention from protectors of the U.S. democracy.
Other Republicans expressed fears that the investigation may go on until 2022, potentially becoming a campaign issue, adding that the creation of this commission could mean a significant amount of staffers to be employed by the Democrats if the bill passed.
“This commission could go on for years, and so I don’t think it’s necessary,” Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) said of the legislation on Tuesday, May 25.