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January 6th Commission Fails, Blocked by Republicans


Well, that didn’t take long.

The proposed bill to further investigate the events of the January 6th incident at the Capitol was blocked.

Senate republicans shut it down with with a vote 54-35.

Democrats would have needed 60 votes to create a House-passed bill.

Six republicans did side with the democrats, however eleven senators missed the vote entirely.

Chuck Schumer and the democrats are furious over the failure, and are already back to attacking republicans for allegedly hiding the truth about January 6th.

Many republicans are calling the vote a waste of time meant only for political gain for the democrats.

The Associated Press with the breaking story:

Senate Republicans on Friday blocked creation of a bipartisan panel to study the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol, turning aside the independent investigation in a show of party loyalty to former President Donald Trump and an effort to shift the political focus away from the violent insurrection by his GOP supporters.

The Senate vote was 54-35 — short of the 60 votes needed to take up a House-passed bill that would have formed a 10-member commission evenly split between the two parties. It came a day after emotional appeals from police who fought with the rioters and lawmakers who fled Capitol chambers that day.

Six Republicans voted with Democrats to move forward. Eleven senators missed the rare Friday vote.

Though the Jan. 6 commission bill passed the House earlier this month with the support of almost three dozen Republicans, GOP senators said they believe the commission would eventually be used against them politically. And Trump, who still has a firm hold on the party, has called it a “Democrat trap.”

Chuck Schumer wasted no time in attacking republicans, saying they "prevented the American people from getting the full truth about January 6th."

While democrats are fuming mad, Mitch McConnell alleges that the commission was a "purely political excercise" from dems.

NBC News has more:

Senate Republicans blocked legislation on Friday that would create an independent commission to investigate the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol.

The vote was 54 in favor and 35 against — short of the 60 needed to proceed, making it the first bill of the new Democratic-controlled Congress to be thwarted by a filibuster on the Senate floor.

Six GOP senators broke with their leadership and voted with 48 Democratic members to proceed to debate the bill: Lisa Murkowski, of Alaska; Rob Portman, of Ohio; Ben Sasse, of Nebraska; Bill Cassidy, of Louisiana; Mitt Romney, of Utah; and Susan Collins, of Maine.

Two Democrats were absent.

Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Pa., missed the vote due to a family commitment but would have voted "yes" to break a filibuster, his spokesman said. Had he done so, supporters of the commission would still have been unable to avoid the filibuster.

The bill passed the House last week by a vote of 252-175, with 35 Republicans in favor. It was negotiated by Rep. Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., and Rep. John Katko, R-N.Y., the top Democrat and Republican of the House Homeland Security Committee.

Katko won several concessions on behalf of his party, including splitting the 10 appointees to the commission evenly between the two parties.

But Senate Republicans, led by Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, turned against the bill as some in the party feared a commission report would be bad politics for them and undercut their goal of winning control of Congress in the 2022 election. Former President Donald Trump has pressured GOP leaders to oppose it, and McConnell called it a "purely political exercise."


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