Thirty-five Republicans joined 217 Democrats in The House of Representatives on Wednesday to vote in favor of forming a commission comprised of five members of each party to investigate the January 6th insurrection at the United States Capitol.
Although the final tally was bipartisan, 175 GOP lawmakers including House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) and Minority Whip Steve Scalise (R-LA) – who are fierce Trump allies – voted in the negative.
The proposal now heads to the Senate, where Democrats have a one-seat majority thanks to Vice President Kamala Harris’s power to cast a tie-breaking vote.
Unfortunately, passage is unlikely, because 60 votes are required in order to avoid a filibuster.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) announced on Wednesday that he too opposes the formation of the commission despite having pinned the blame for the attack entirely on former Donald Trump during his post-presidency impeachment trial.
“After careful consideration, I’ve made the decision to oppose the House Democrats’ slanted and unbalanced proposal for another commission to study the events of January the 6th,” McConnell said in speech on the Senate floor.
Speaking to reporters at a press conference, Congressman Benny Thompson (D-MS) and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) admonished Republicans for standing in the way of carrying out justice for the Trump-led siege which left five people dead and the Constitution dangling on the precipice of collapse.
“We thought we actually had agreement on all sides. We worked diligently to make it bipartisan,” Thompson said.
“It’s unfortunate that the minority leader has, at the last moment, raised issues that basically we had gone past and there was no issue on his part. But I guess that’s politics,” he added.
Pelosi said that “it sounds like they’re afraid of the truth, and that’s most unfortunate.”
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