On Friday, Senate Republicans successfully blocked the effort to open debate on the creation of a commission to investigate the January 6 riots in Washington, D.C., marking the GOP’s first successful legislative filibuster of the Biden presidency. According to initial reports, the final vote was 54 to 35.
The six Republicans who voted in favor of the commission were Senators Bill Cassidy (R-LA), Susan Collins (R-ME), Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), Rob Portman (R-OH), Mitt Romney (R-UT), and Ben Sasse (R-NE).
According to Axios, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) responded, “I am sorry if an independent commission to study an attack on our democracy isn’t a Republican ad-makers idea of a good time.”
“This is too important,” Schumer added.
Before the vote, Schumer asked Republican senators, “What are you afraid of, the truth? Are you afraid that Donald Trump’s Big Lie will be dispelled?”
“The Department of Justice is deep into a massive criminal investigation,” responded Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY). “I do not