House panel has agreement on forming a bipartisan Jan. 6 commission

Marco Green
May 14, 2021

The 9/11-style panel would comprise 10 bipartisan members: five of them, including the chair, would be appointed by the House speaker and the Senate majority leader; the other five, including the vice chair, would be appointed by the minority leaders of the House and Senate.

House Republican Leader Rep. Kevin McCarthy didn't say whether he'd sign off on the bill Friday morning.

"If this commission is going to come forward to tell us how to protect this facility in the future, you want to make sure that the scope that you can look at all that what came up before and what came up after". He also accused Pelosi of having "played politics with this for a number of months". He said it was "very concerning" to him that the investigation not be made political.

In a statement issued later Friday morning, Katko said the proposed commission would "investigate" the January 6 attack and security vulnerabilities of the Capitol complex, but added that the "Capitol remains a target for extremists of all ideologies". House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy admitted he has yet to read the legislation, and other Republicans have objected to keeping the commission's focus on Jan 6. instead of expanding it to all of the violence that occurred during the summer of rage riots previous year.

Members of the commission will be law enforcement experts, civil liberties, cybersecurity, and civil rights, the committee said in a news release. It also ensures members can only issue subpoenas in a bipartisan manner - they can be issued by a majority vote or by agreement between the chair and vice chair. Its report and "recommendations to prevent future attacks on our democratic institutions" would be due by December 31, the lawmakers said.

After months of back-and-forth, members of the House announced plans Friday for a bipartisan commission to investigate the January 6 Capitol riot.

John Katko, the ranking member on the committee, led negotiations with the Democrats to reach a consensus about the commission. "Inaction - or just moving on - is simply not an option".

Gosar on Wednesday asked Rosen why Babbitt was "executed" and asked the name of the officer who killed her. Gosar called Babbitt "a young lady, a veteran, wrapped in an American flag that was killed in the U.S. Capitol".

Democrats on May 12 blasted former Trump administration officials including former acting Defense chief Christopher Miller for failing to to avert the deadly January 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol.

"It is imperative that we seek the truth of what happened on January 6 with an independent, bipartisan 9/11-type Commission to examine and report upon the facts, causes and security" of the incident, Pelosi said in a statement.

The House speaker was supported in the effort by former House Republican Conference Chair Liz Cheney, of Wyoming, who was ousted from the No. 3 leadership position earlier this week for her rebuke of Republicans who have embraced former President Donald Trump's election falsehoods.

The commission vote will likely be followed by a vote on emergency funding to bolster security at the Capitol. Democrats would choose the chair and Republicans the vice chair.

The top Democrat and Republican on the House of Representatives Homeland Security Committee have reached a deal to push forward with a bipartisan, independent commission to investigate the January 6 storming of U.S. Capitol, the lawmakers said on Friday.

A majority of the public supports the creation of an independent commission to look into the attacks, according to recent polling.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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