Senate Republicans voted on Friday to block legislation to form a bipartisan commission to investigate the Jan. 6th Capitol riot. Senators voted 54-35 on the House-passed bill.
The Hill reports:
“I do not believe the extraneous ‘commission’ that Democratic leaders want would uncover crucial new facts or promote healing. Frankly, I do not believe it is even designed to,” Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said on the floor.
“That’s why the Speaker’s first draft began with a laughably rigged and partisan starting point, and why the current language would still lock in significant unfairness under the hood,” he added.
In addition to the politics, Republicans argued the commission would be duplicative to a joint investigation overseen by the Senate Rules Committee and the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee.
That report is expected to come out early next month. But, unlike a commission, the report would focus narrowly on Capitol security and intelligence.