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House passes bill establishing independent commission to investigate January 6th Capitol attack
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By Eric Revell, Countable News
UPDATE - 5/19/21
- The House voted 252-175 on Wednesday to pass legislation to establish an independent commission to investigate the January 6th attack on the Capitol. All Democrats and 35 Republicans voted in favor of the independent commission, while the remainder of GOP members voted against it.
- The 35 GOP lawmakers who voted “yea” on forming the commission is an increase from the 10 who voted in favor of former President Donald Trump’s impeachment earlier this year for what they contend is his role in the incitement of the Capitol riot.
- The bill now heads to the Senate, where it will require the support of at least 10 GOP senators to reach the 60 vote threshold needed to overcome the legislative filibuster. It’s unclear at this time how many GOP senators support the bill to establish an independent January 6th commission.
- For the sake of comparison, seven Republican senators voted to impeach Trump over the January 6th attack, so if they’re also in favor of the independent commission only three of their GOP colleagues would need to join them for the bill to advance.
- Read more about the National Commission to Investigate the January 6 Attack on the United States Capitol Complex Act (H.R. 3233) here.
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What’s the story?
- The Democratic and Republican leaders of the House Homeland Security Committee on Friday announced an agreement over legislation to create a bipartisan commission tasked with investigating the attack at the Capitol on January 6th and recommending security improvements at the Capitol complex.
- The bill, which is being drafted by Homeland Security Committee Chairman Bennie Thompson (D-MS) and Ranking Member John Katko (R-NY), is expected to get a vote on the House floor next week.
What’s in the bill?
- The commission proposed by the bill is modeled on the 9/11 Commission and would have 10 members who must have significant expertise in law enforcement, civil rights, civil liberties, privacy, intelligence, and cybersecurity. Commissioners couldn’t be current government officers or employees.
- Five commissioners, including the chair, would be selected by Democrats while five commissioners including the vice chair would be selected by Republicans.
- Much like the 9/11 Commission, the commission proposed by the bill would have the authority to issue subpoenas to obtain information for its investigation if there is an agreement between the chair and vice chair or a vote by a majority of commission members.
- The commission will be required to issue a final report with findings regarding the facts and causes of the attack, along with recommendations to prevent future attacks on our democratic institutions by December 31, 2021.
- House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) said she supports the compromise after she previously pushed for Democrats to have a majority of the commissioner appointments.
- House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) told reporters on Friday that he hasn’t reviewed the deal yet, and added he wants the commission’s review to include events in the lead up to, and aftermath of, January 6th.
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