The House of Representatives passed a ball on Wednesday that would establish a 9/11 style commission investigating the Capitol Hill Riot.
The bill passed with 35 Republicans voting in support of the commission. However; the House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy came out opposed to the commisison.
“Given the political misdirections that have marred this process … and given the Speaker’s shortsighted scope that does not examine interrelated forms of political violence in America, I cannot support this legislation,” said McCarthy.
The bill was authored by Mississippi Democratic Rep. Bennie Thompson and New York Republican Rep. John Katko. Both are the top lawmakers on the House Homeland Security Committee.
“There has been a growing consensus that the January 6th attack is of a complexity and national significance that what we need [is] an independent commission to investigate,” said Katko and Thompson in a statement on Friday. “Inaction — or just moving on — is simply not an option. The creation of this commission is our way of taking responsibility for protecting the U.S. Capitol.”
“This is about facts. It’s not partisan politics,” claimed Katko.
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell also came out against the bill.
“I’ve made the decision to oppose the House Democrats’ slanted and unbalanced proposal for another commission to study the events of January the 6th,” said McConnell. “There is … no shortage of robust investigations by two separate branches of federal government. It’s not all clear what new facts our additional investigation, yet another commission, could actually lay on top of existing efforts by law enforcement and Congress.”
The following Republicans voted for the bill: