Senate Republicans block Jan. 6 Capitol riot commission

Senate Republicans block Jan. 6 Capitol riot commission

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.” 

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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

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