The U.S. Capitol is seen as national guard members pass by on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, May 20, 2021. The House voted to create an independent commission on the Jan. 6 break-in at the U.S. Capitol, sending the legislation to an uncertain future in the Senate. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)
UPDATED 10:42 AM PT – Thursday, May 20, 2021
The House passed a bill to create a commission to further investigate the January 6 Capitol Hill break-in. The legislation moved forward despite widespread GOP opposition. The bill, which passed Wednesday in a 252-to-175 vote, garnered support from all House Democrats and 35 Republicans.
House GOP leaders urged Republicans to vote against it, including Minority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.). GOP lawmakers argued the commission is unnecessary since there are already ongoing probes into January 6.
“But I do not believe a January 6 commission will achieve any resolution because we have already had our Department of Justice arrest 445 people with 100 more to be arrested soon,” asserted Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.).
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) said he objects because the commission does not look into other forms of political violence that took place last summer. Additionally, President Trump called it a Democrat trap and said it’s “just more partisan unfairness.”
Meanwhile, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said that the commission could get in the way of the ongoing federal investigation. The bill is expected to face a steep climb in the Senate, considering McConnell has already expressed opposition to the legislation.