Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell(R-KY) speaks during a news conference. (Photo by Olivier DOULIERY / AFP) (Photo by OLIVIER DOULIERY/AFP via Getty Images)
UPDATED 3:43 PM PT – Thursday, May 27, 2021
Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) is urging Republicans to vote against the creation of a Jan. 6 commission. Speaking on the senate floor on Thursday, McConnell argued against the formation of a bipartisan group that would be tasked with looking into the Capitol breach.
During his speech, McConnell continued to push that a commission is unnecessary because Jan. 6 is already being investigated by congressional committees and by law enforcement.
House Democrats passed a bill last week that would pave the way for the commission. Although, the measure faces an uphill battle in the Senate where it needs support from at least 10 Republicans in order to pass.
GOP leaders have strongly opposed the proposed commission, arguing its uncalled for and would prevent the nation from healing. Other Republican lawmakers further argued the commission would be a waste of taxpayer dollars and would be weaponized to go after Trump supporters.