The US House of Representatives voted today to establish a 9/11-style commission to investigate the civil unrest and largely peaceful demonstrations that took place in and around the US Capitol on January 6. The commission was established by a vote of 252-175, with 35 Republicans joining every current Democrat in support.
Reps. was among the Republicans who voted with Democrats.
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Tom Rice (R-SC), Dan Newhouse (R-WA), Tom Reed (R-NY), Peter Meijer (R-MI), Adam Kinzinger (R-IL), John Katko (R-NY), Dusty Johnson (R-SD), Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA), Anthony Gonzalez (R-OH), Jaime Herrera Beutler (R-WA), Chris Jacobs (R-NY), Steve Womack (R-AR), Stephanie Bice (R-OK), Andrew Garbarino (R-NY), Liz Cheney (R-WY), David Valadao (R-CA), Chris Smith (R-NJ), Fred Upton (R-MI), Marianette Miller-Meeks (R-IA).
The number of Republicans is particularly noteworthy when you realize that both House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell have stated that they would not endorse such a commission, and that members of the Republican Party in their respective chambers should as well.
“The bill that the House passed Wednesday would establish an autonomous commission consisting of ten people outside of government—five to be chosen by Democratic leaders, and five to be chosen by Republican leaders,” according to The Daily Beast, which noted that this is yet another embarrassment for McCarthy.
Observers point out that McConnell has a stronger grip on the Senate than McCarthy does on the House, and it could be much more difficult for Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer to persuade the necessary ten Republicans to defect and enter the effort to get the commission approved on a party-line vote. However, McConnell allegedly threatened to order a critical number of Republicans to join the campaign to impeach Trump if the 45th President pardoned people without his approval, and the two have feuded regularly since McConnell’s messaging cost Georgia two Senate seats.