The House bill that would have created a “9/11-style commission” to look into the events that occurred in the nation’s capital on January 6 has met its defeat in the upper chamber of Congress. Falling six votes short of the required 60, Democrats were able to muster a handful of Republicans to back the commission, ending with a 54 -35 final tally.
The Republicans who voted for the measure included, Sens. Mitt Romney, Susan Collins, Bill Cassidy, Lisa Murkowski, Rob Portman and Ben Sasse. Portman was the only one of the group that did not vote for the second impeachment of President Trump in the Senate trial. GOP Sens. Pat Toomey and Richard Burr – who both voted to impeach the president – decided not to vote.
After the bill failed, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer lashed out at the GOP, saying, “Shame on the Republican Party for trying to sweep the horrors of that day under the rug because they’re afraid of Donald Trump” He continued to say that “out of fear or fealty to Donald Trump the Republican minority just prevented the American people from getting the full truth about January 6.”
Finally, the Democrat leader lamented that “The Republican minority just prevented the Senate from even debating the bill – no opportunity for amendments, no opportunity for debate.” However, critics of the bill argued that the purpose of the commission would be to tarnish reputations for partisan gain, with some even suggesting that its purpose was to prevent Donald Trump from being able to run for office again.
Liberty Nation will keep you updated on this developing story.