House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Friday tore into Republicans who voted against the creation of an independent commission to investigate the Jan. 6 deadly attack on the US Capitol, calling them “complicit” in covering up the truth about the insurrection.
As reported by The Hill, the California Democrat decried the GOP cowardice in voting down the independent commission, saying in a press release: “Leader McConnell and Senate Republicans’ denial of the truth of the January 6th insurrection brings shame to the Senate. Republicans’ cowardice in rejecting the truth of that dark day makes our Capitol and our country less safe.”
“Mitch McConnell asked Senate Republicans to do him a ‘personal favor’ and vote against the January 6th Commission. In doing so, Mitch McConnell asked them to be complicit in his undermining of the truth of January 6th. In bowing to McConnell’s personal favor request, Republican Senators surrendered to the January 6th mob assault,” Pelosi said.
The legislation to create the commission, which was passed in the House last week, failed to pass in the Senate in a 54-35 vote on Friday with only six GOP senators voting in favor of it.
The six Republicans who voted for the commission were Sens. Lisa Murkowski (Alaska), Mitt Romney (Utah), Susan Collins (Maine), Bill Cassidy (La.), Rob Portman (Ohio) and Ben Sasse (Neb.).
The independent commission, modeled after the one created in the wake of 9/11, had been agreed to in bipartisan negotiations, but Republicans in both chambers had largely turned away from the idea.
“Democrats worked across the aisle, agreeing to everything that Republicans asked for. We did this in the interest of achieving a bipartisan Commission. In not taking yes for an answer, Republicans clearly put their election concerns above the security of the Congress and country,” Pelosi said.
Meanwhile, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) said he could force another vote on the commission after Friday’s failure.