Senate Democrats were unable to garner enough GOP support to pass legislation to establish an independent, “9/11-style” commission to investigate the Jan. 6 siege on the Capitol, with just six Republicans voting in favor of the measure Friday.
The bill — which passed the House in a 252-175 vote last week with the support of 35 GOP lawmakers — was blocked from moving forward in a procedural 54-35 vote, failing to meet the 60-vote threshold to overcome the filibuster.
While the measure faced an uphill battle in the Senate, Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) vowed to hold a vote, asserting that “the commission is an urgent, necessary idea to safeguard our democracy.”
Under the House-passed bill — which was negotiated between Committee on Homeland Security Chairman Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.) and Ranking Member John Katko (R-NY) — each party would have selected five commissioners with expertise in national security and law enforcement to look into the security shortcomings that