The Republican Senate appeared early Friday to block the House bill, creating a committee to investigate.In US government agencies It will be the first director of the Biden presidency, a tool that few people often use to block legislation.
But before switching to the law, the Senate committee sought to complete the work on the bipartisan science, technology and research bill. That creates an unexpected hurdle to consider the commission measure.
The Senate postponed around 3 a.m. to 9 p.m. when it was scheduled to resume discussions on the previous science bill, presumably pushing for a commission bill.
Lisa Mercowski, a Republican Senator for Alaska, said Thursday night it was “disappointing”; that the independent commission appeared to be out of the competition. She is one of three Republican senators to express support for the bill. Democrats need 10 to move forward.
“I am disappointed that we are unable to acknowledge that the independent commission will provide us with an opportunity to investigate the matter independently while we do our work,” Murkowski said.
“The truth is difficult. But we have to take responsibility, ”she told reporters.
She also said “We can’t pretend that nothing bad has happened or that people are too excited, something bad has happened, and it’s important to set it up.”
The bill will generate a commission of 10 members equally divided among members chosen by Democrats and Republicans leaders. Both sides will have equal subpoena powers and the Commission will be tasked with issuing a report with findings of the Jan. 6 attacks by the end of the year. Much of the language in the law is copied from the bill created by the 9/11 Commission, which passed overwhelming bipartisan votes in the Senate in 2002.
Both sides called for the creation of a 9/11 style committee thereafter.While Congress is counting the electoral votes But Republicans have retreated in recent months, arguing their party should focus on taking back Congress in the 2022 midterm elections.
Most legislation requires 60 votes to enter the Senate and Democrats get a majority of just 50.Less than ten Republicans are expected to support the bill, which is why. Why you can submit a request
Many Democrats have called for the removal of the insurgents and view the bill as additional evidence that the bills should be allowed to move forward by a majority. But Senator Joe Munshin of West Virginia, the most vocal Democratic opponent in the eradication of the insurgents, said on Thursday that while it was “disappointing” to see opposition to the legislation of the United States, West Virginia was “disappointing”. Republican Party, he was “Not willing to destroy our government”
“You have to believe there are ten good people,” Manchin said of the Republican support for the commission bill.
Mitch McConnell, the Senate Minority Leader, said he wanted to move on Jan. 6, telling reporters on Tuesday he believed Democrats. “I want to continue discussing what happened in the past”
“I think this is a purely political exercise that does not add anything to all the information,” McConnell said of the legislation. The two-party bill, passed in a Democratic-controlled House earlier this month, was partially negotiated by Republican members of the Republican Homeland Security Committee.
Republicans have raised concerns about the structure and scope of the bill, and they are concerned that it could extend beyond the deadline and affect the 2022 midterm elections, despite the bill requirement for the committee to conclude. Results by the end of the year: Republican Senator Susan Collins is circulating the amendment to the bill and is expected to vote to postpone the bill so she can propose. But even if the measure changes, it is unlikely to receive sufficient amount of Republican support.
Republican Senator John Kornine of Texas argued with reporters on Thursday that the House and Senate committees were investigating the attacks, which made the board redundant.
“I think we can get to the bottom of it in a bipartisan and possibly quicker way,” Cornyn said.
Louisiana Republican Senator Bill Cassidy said he would be willing to consider the bill if the Collins amendment to the board selection were accepted. Republicans are concerned that the current bill will allow the Democratic Commission to employ all employees, and the Collins amendment will ease GOP concerns by ensuring that the Republican Commission will be more vulnerable. Equal in the selection of employees as well
“If the amendment is accepted, you have one set of possible influencers, including me. If this is not accepted, you have another, smaller set,” Cassidy said.
As the vote neared, Republicans were again under pressure from Gladys Sicknick, the mother of U.S. police officer Brian Sicknick, who died the day after the sixth city hall uprising. January
Gladys Sicknick asked for a meeting with individual Republican senators on Thursday. “To discuss the importance of setting up a bipartisan commission on Jan. 6,” according to a copy of the meeting call received by CBS News, sheWho expressed their views against the formation of a committee, as did some supporters
She was joined by Brian Sicknick’s girlfriend Sandra Garza, during a meeting with some Republican Senators, as well as former GOP congressman Barbara Comstock of Virginia Metropolitan Police Michael Fanone and Harry Dunn, U.S. Congress Police Officer Fanone, had a heart attack. The attack and the concussion during the January 6 attacks and Dunn were triggered by several rebels.
“Usually, I’m in the background and I can’t. I can’t be quiet anymore,” Gladys Sicknick told reporters after meeting Romney on Thursday morning.
Rebecca Kaplan and Jack Turman contributed to this report.