Irate Chuck Schumer Wallops Senate Republicans for Filibustering January 6th Commission
Senate Majority Chuck Schumer (D-NY) delivered a scathing speech on the floor of the United States Senate on Friday admonishing all but six Republicans who voted against the formation of a bipartisan commission to investigate the January 6th insurrection at the United States Capitol.
“Both efforts should have moved forward in a solidly bipartisan way. But out of fear or fealty to Donald Trump, the Republican minority just prevented the American people from getting the full truth about January 6th,” Schumer said of the filibuster.
“The Republican minority just prevented the Senate from even debating the bill. No opportunity for amendments. No opportunity for debate. There was an attempt by the Republican minority to shunt this vote into the dark of night. But because of today’s Senate time agreement, it was done in broad daylight. The American people will see how each Republican Senator voted,” Schumer seethed.
“Now this should have been simple. The commission was bipartisan, independent, straight down the middle. House Democrats accepted every change that House leadership requested. Speaker [Nancy] Pelosi [D-CA] and I supported and still support the changes Senator [Susan] Collins [R-ME] proposed and we told that to other Senators. Senate Republicans for months publicly supported the idea of a commission,” said Schumer.
“But now, all of a sudden, the Senate minority, and the Senate Minority Leader, waged a partisan filibuster against the bill,” he charged, admonishing his colleagues. “This vote has made it official. Donald Trump’s Big Lie has now fully enveloped the Republican Party. Trump’s Big Lie is now the defining principle of what was once the party of [President Abraham] Lincoln.”
Watch below via Mediaite:
"Donald Trump's big lie has now fully enveloped the Republican party."
Senate Majority Leader @chuckschumer ripped Republicans for voting against a bipartisan commission to investigate Jan. 6, saying the "big lie is now the defining principle of was once the party of Lincoln." pic.twitter.com/oGElVo4GBe
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“I’ve heard all the excuses why Republicans are opposing this bill. It’s too early. Goes on too long. It’s not needed.’ Almost all of these excuses are meritless, and were invented in the past two weeks. We all know what’s going on here. Senate Republicans chose to defend the Big Lie because they believe anything that might upset Donald Trump could hurt them politically,” Schumer added.
“We’ve all lived through the horrors of January 6th,” Schumer continued as reported by Mediaite. “I was no further than 30 feet from those white supremacist hooligans. Do my Republican colleagues remember that day? Do my Republican colleagues remember the savage mob calling for the execution of [then-Vice President] Mike Pence? The makeshift gallows outside the Capitol? Men with bullet proof vests and zip ties breaking into the Senate gallery, and rifling through your desks. Police officers crushed between doorways.”