WASHINGTON (AP) – House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is dismissing a presidential commission to study the January 6 uprising in the U.S. Capitol, telling House Democrats that a panel appointed by President Joe Biden was approved by the Senate last week. Even after blocking independent investigation is impractical. .
Pelosi on Tuesday outlined possible next steps after last week’s Senate vote, including a Senate Republican Republican Party vote. blocking law To form an independent, bipartisan panel to investigate the siege by supporters of former President Donald Trump. According to a person on the private Democratic caucus call, who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss internal talks, he proposed four options for investigating the attack.
The first option, Pelosi said, is to give the Senate another chance to vote on the commission. Six Republicans voted with Democrats to move forward with the bill, and a seventh missed the vote but said they would have supported it. This means that the Democrats would only need the support of three additional Republicans to reach the 60 votes needed for passage. The commission will be modeled after a highly respected panel investigating the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
Other options include conducting an investigation into the attack by the House, which means the investigation will naturally be partisan. Pelosi suggested that she appoint a new select committee to investigate the siege or assign responsibility to a committee like the House Homeland Security Panel, which wrote the original bipartisan bill to create the commission. Alternatively, Pelosi said the committees could go ahead with their own investigations that are already underway.
But the speaker said he believed a commission appointed by Biden – an idea introduced by some in his caucus after Friday’s Senate vote – was “not a practical consideration in this circumstance” because Congress had to There will still be a need for the panel to approve the funding and the summoning authority.
Pelosi’s remarks come at a time when members of both parties have plunged deeper into a rebellion that was designed to disrupt the countdown to the presidential election and was the worst attack on Congress in two centuries. Four rioters were killed in the attack, including a woman, who was shot dead by the police as she tried to enter the chamber of the House while the MLAs were still inside. Rioters brutally beat police and broke through windows and doors as they hunted lawmakers and called for Trump’s defeat to be reversed.
The White House has yet to say whether Biden will try to appoint a commission without Congress. On Friday, White House Deputy Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre told reporters that “the president has become clear that the shameful events of January 6 must be independently and thoroughly investigated” and that he remains committed to it.
“We will continue to work with Congress to find a way forward to ensure this,” she said.
After the Senate vote, some Democrats urged Biden to proceed on his own.
“In light of the GOP’s January 6 bipartisan commission’s cowardly filibuster, I urge President Biden to set up a presidential commission to thoroughly investigate the rebellion at the United States Capitol and identify the individuals and organizations that Those who conspired or were involved in the conspiracy, Virginia Rep. Gerry Connolly in a statement over the weekend, “to make recommendations to prevent acts of violence and such attacks from occurring again.”
It is uncertain whether the Senate will cast another vote on the commission and whether any additional Republicans will support it. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D.N.Y., left open the possibility of a second attempt after the vote, saying “the events of January 6 will be investigated.”
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., opposed the commission, saying he believed the panel would be partisan, even though it would be divided equally between the two parties. McConnell was criticized when Trump opposed it and called the law a “Democrat trap”.
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Still, six in McConnell’s caucus disregarded them, arguing that a freer form was needed, and Pat Tommy of Pennsylvania would have brought the total to seven, but for a family commitment, his office said. Republicans who voted to move forward on the bill were Sens Bill Cassidy of Louisiana, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, Susan Collins of Maine, Ben Sasse of Nebraska, Rob Portman of Ohio and Mitt Romney of Utah.
The House passed the bill in May, with 35 Republicans voting with Democrats to pass it.
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