Sen. McConnell comes out against Capitol riot commission

House Minority Leader Mitch McConnell formally came out against legislation to create an impartial “9/11-style” commission to research the Jan. 6 riot on the Capitol, simply forward of the House vote on the measure on Wednesday. 

While the decrease chamber is anticipated to cross the measure with some bipartisan assist, McConnell’s feedback throw chilly water on the chance of the commission coming collectively, because the invoice wants the assist of not less than 10 Republicans within the Senate to satisfy the 60-vote threshold for passage.

McConnell stated that whereas he has been vocal in his rebuke of the rioters’ actions, he feels the deal negotiated within the House is unfairly slanted in Democrats’ favor.  

“After careful consideration, I’ve made the decision to oppose the House Democrats’  slanted and unbalanced proposal for another commission to study the events of Jan. 6,” he stated in a flooring speech Wednesday morning. 

Mitch McConnell speaks to media at the U.S. Capitol, in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday, May 19, 2021
Mitch McConnell stated that whereas he has been vocal in his rebuke of the rioters’ actions, he feels the deal negotiated within the House is unfairly slanted in Democrats’ favor.
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“As everybody surely knows, I repeatedly made my views about the events of January 6 very clear. I spoke clearly and left no doubt about my conclusions. Federal law enforcement have made at least 445 arrests and counting relating to crimes committed that day, hundreds of those people have been charged, law enforcement investigations are ongoing, and federal authorities say they expect to arrest at least 100 or so more.” 

McConnell, echoing House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy’s (R-Calif.) argument against the commission, added that he feels the continued investigations being carried out by different regulation enforcement entities will present ample data on the safety shortcomings that led to the breach. 

Trump supports breach the US Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021 in Washington, DC.
Trump supporters breach the US Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021 in Washington, DC.
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“Bipartisan investigations are also underway and have been for months at the committee level here in the Senate. So there is, has been, and there will continue to be no shortage — no shortage of robust investigations by two separate branches of the federal government,” he continued.

“It’s not at all clear what new facts are additional or an additional investigation yet another commission could actually lay on top of existing efforts by law enforcement and Congress.”

“The facts have come out and they’ll continue to come out. What is clear, is that House Democrats have handled this proposal in partisan bad faith going right back to the beginning. From initially offering a laughably partisan starting point and continuing to insist on various other features under the hood that are designed to centralize control over the commission’s process and its conclusions in Democratic hands.” 

Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) initially pushed for an 11-person commission with Democrats having management over seven of the people tapped to research the riot, which was met with sharp pushback from Republicans who accused members throughout the aisle of politicizing the matter. 

Mitch McConnell added that he feels the continued investigations being carried out by different regulation enforcement entities will present ample data on the safety shortcomings.
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A bipartisan settlement that intently mirrors the GOP’s counter-proposal to Pelosi’s was struck between  Homeland Security Committee Chairman Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.) and Ranking Member John Katko (R-N.Y.) final week, which might have allowed every get together to faucet 5 commissioners that aren’t present authorities officers to conduct the probe, which would offer a report back to Congress by the tip of the 12 months. 

While a faction of House GOP lawmakers expressed assist for the deal, McCarthy and House Minority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) urged members against the invoice, calling for the commission to research a broader scope of points associated to political violence. 

Protesters clash with police officers at the US Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021.
Protesters conflict with cops on the US Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021.
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Despite the invoice showing dead on arrival within the higher chamber, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) has vowed to deliver the measure up for a vote. 

“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 on Tuesday. 

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