Monday, 14 June, 2021

January 6 commission fails in Senate

Capitol Police Officer Brian Sicknick in the U.S. Capitol Capitol Police Officer Brian Sicknick in the U.S. Capitol
Gustavo Carr | 29 May, 2021, 06:53

A motion to open debate on the January 6 commission failed by a vote of 54 in favor to 35 against, with 11 abstentions.

However, Republican lawmakers had voiced opposition to the commission. Other Capitol Police officers also urged Senators to support the commission. Tommy Tuberville, R-Ala., told reporters Friday that he would rather be fishing or golfing for Memorial Day Weekend ahead of a congressional vote on whether to establish a commission to investigate the January 6 riot at the Capitol.

According to the Washington Post, Collins had a visibly angry reaction, confronting Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer of NY, and accusing him of undermining the vote by failing to declare ahead of time that he and the Democrats would back her changes, if the measure to take up the bill advanced. They also argued that if the commission failed to produce a final report before the end of the year, Republican lawmakers would have to spend much of the 2022 campaign season responding to its revelations about Trump's past ills and trying to sidestep his outbursts when their aim is to make the next election cycle a referendum on President Biden and the Democrats who control Congress. You know who we're doing this for?

Senate Democrats have been under pressure from activists on the left to scrap the chamber's longstanding supermajority rule, but have so far declined to do so. The Senate adjourned for a Memorial Day recess soon after the vote.

The Associated Press reports that the vote on the commission was scheduled to take place on Thursday evening but was eventually bumped to Friday after Republicans voiced opposition to another bill.

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Collins took the most active stance in her party in pushing against McConnell in support of the bill, securing Schumer's support for an amendment requiring the commission staff be appointed by Democrats and Republicans.

"The heart of this recommendation by the Democrats is that they would like to continue to debate things that occurred in the past", McConnell said earlier this week. Mitt Romney of Utah, Susan Collins of ME and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska - have expressed their support for advancing the legislation, and Democrats need 10.

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