The Senate was unable to invoke cloture, which requires 60 votes. The bill received 54 votes in favor of the bill. 11 Senators did not record a vote.
The six Republicans who voted in favor of the bill are Mitt Romney of Utah, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, Susan Collins of Maine, Bill Cassidy of Louisiana, Ben Sasse of Nebraska, and Rob Portman of Ohio.
The legislation, which was modeled after the 9/11 commission, was introduced by Reps. Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., and John Katko, R-N.Y. The commission would have been composed of 10 nongovernment appointees, with each party appointing five. The committee would be granted bipartisan subpoena power.
Last week, the legislation passed the House, with 35 Republicans voting in favor.
“The January 6 terrorist attack on the Capitol was a dark moment in our nation’s history, and I fully support the ongoing law enforcement investigations into anyone involved,” said Sen. Ted Cruz, R-TX. “Everyone who attacked the Capitol must be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law and brought to justice.”
“I also support the Senate committees of jurisdiction who are exercising their proper oversight roles to provide an in-depth and complete account of the attack,” continued Cruz. “With multiple investigations already underway, I do not support the politically motivated January 6 Commission led by Sen. Schumer and Speaker Pelosi.”
“Donald Trump’s big lie has now fully enveloped the Republican Party,” said Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer. “Shame on the Republican Party for trying to sweep the horrors of that day under the rug because they’re afraid of Donald Trump.”