House Backs Creation of Commission on Jan. 6 Capitol Riot Despite G.O.P. Opposition
The Wall Street Journal reports on the 252 – 175 vote in the House on the 1/6 commission — and the lay of the land as the debate transitions to the U.S. Senate. Excerpts:
Thirty-five Republicans voted with Democrats to approve the commission, bucking their party leaders and Mr. Trump. The number was larger than many on the Hill expected.
Mr. McConnell said in a speech on the Senate floor that after careful consideration, he had come to the conclusion that the House bill was a “slanted and unbalanced proposal.” He pointed to other investigations under way by law-enforcement officials and in Congress and said he sees no need for another.
The legislation was the product of negotiations between the chairman of the House Committee on Homeland Security, Democrat Bennie G. Thompson of Mississippi, and the panel’s top-ranking Republican, John Katko of New York. Modeled on the probe carried out by the 9/11 Commission following the 2001 terrorist attacks, the panel would have five members appointed by Democratic leaders and five by Republican leaders, with shared responsibility for issuing subpoenas.
You can find the full vote breakdown over at GovTrack.