McConnell ‘pushing pause button’ on Dem push for Jan. 6 Capitol riot commission

Senate Republicans will attempt to block a Democratic push to create a 9/11-style commission on the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol, with Leader Mitch McConnell Tuesday declaring that he’s “pushing the pause button,” on the laws.

The measure is anticipated to go the House of Representatives this week regardless of the opposition of Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) however could have a harder path when it reaches the Senate, the place majority Democrats will want at the least 10 GOP votes to go it over a filibuster.

McConnell (R-Ky.) instructed reporters Tuesday he’s  “pushing the pause button” on the laws as members of the higher chamber proceed to overview it. 

“I think I’m safe in characterizing our conference as willing to listen to the arguments about whether such a commission is needed,” he instructed reporters following a closed-door caucus assembly. “It’s safe for you to report that we are undecided.” 

Senate Republicans will try to block a Democratic push to create a 9/11-style commission on the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol.
Republicans need to block a Democratic push to create a 9/11-style commission on the Jan. 6 assault on the US Capitol.

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) has vowed to convey it to the ground regardless of McConnell stating they could want extra time to learn the “fine print.” 

“We’ll see what the House vote is like, but I want to be clear: I will put the Jan. 6 commission legislation on the floor of the Senate for a vote. Period,” he stated.

McConnell additionally questioned a separate, $1.9 billion spending invoice that the House is anticipated to go this week for safety upgrades. “We’re not sure what to spend the money on yet,” McConnell stated.

House GOP management, in the meantime, is urging members towards supporting the laws, in keeping with a whip discover recommending lawmakers vote “no” that was despatched out on Tuesday. 

While there may be not a proper whip operation pushing again towards the invoice, high Republicans accused members throughout the aisle of politicizing the investigation. 

Trump supporters attempt to break via a police barrier on the Capitol in Washington on Jan. 6, 2021.

Under the invoice being despatched to the ground, the commission would include 10 people with experience in nationwide safety and regulation enforcement, with every social gathering having the ability to choose 5 non-lawmakers to conduct the probe. Its language is essentially per the proposal GOP lawmakers laid out earlier this 12 months, after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) proposed an 11-member commission that might have had extra Democrats than Republicans. 

The pushback comes after House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.) and Ranking Member John Katko (R-NY) reached a bipartisan settlement final week, with a number of GOP lawmakers telling The Post they felt McCarthy threw Katko “under the bus” by releasing a statement railing towards the commission, doubtlessly putting moderates in swing districts in a tough place. 

Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.)
Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.) helped reached a bipartisan settlement on the invoice within the House.

A large portion of the Republican convention — together with Scalise and McCarthy — argue the commission ought to look into cases of political violence past the breach of the Capitol, when pro-Trump rioters stormed the constructing in an try to disrupt the certification of the election outcomes.

The two GOP leaders word the 2017 congressional baseball taking pictures — which critically wounded Scalise — and the riots that passed off in main cities over the summer time protesting police brutality as examples. 

“This legislation establishes a commission to only investigate the attack on the U.S. Capitol on January 6, 2021. While Ranking Member Katko negotiated in earnest to improve upon previous proposals, Speaker Pelosi delayed for months and prevented the inclusion of a wider investigatory scope, proving her main concern is politics over solutions,” the discover stated. 

“This Commission cannot investigate the political violence leading up to and following the attack on the 6th, including the June 2017 shooting at the Republican Congressional baseball practice, and the deadly attack on Capitol Police on April 2, 2021.” 

Rep. John Katko, R-N.Y.
Rep. John Katko (R-NY) helped dealer the deal to get the invoice via the House.

The discover additionally argued that the report the commission would produce, which might be due on the finish of the 12 months, would come too late to “properly educate and advise” on additional securing the Capitol and raised issues the commission might undermine ongoing investigations being carried out by different entities. 

“The report is due too late to properly educate and advise on securing the capitol complex, and there is no prohibition against indefinite extensions. There are currently investigations ongoing by the DOJ, FBI, Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, Senate Committee on Rules and Administration, as well as an apolitical review by the Architect of the Capitol to find and remedy the security vulnerabilities,” it stated. 

“Lastly, this proposed text could interfere with and ultimately undermine ongoing prosecutorial efforts.” 

The measure is anticipated to go within the House with bipartisan assist, with greater than 25 GOP lawmakers anticipated to vote in favor of the invoice on Wednesday.

Its GOP supporters stated they see it as a “vote of conscience” and really feel that there are nonetheless key questions that should be answered concerning the assault, which left 5 lifeless and dozens of others injured. 

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