Published: Sat, May 29, 2021
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Pressure for Senate rules change after GOP blocks 1/6 probe

Pressure for Senate rules change after GOP blocks 1/6 probe

Last week, the House passed the bill 252-175, with 35 Republicans joining Democrats.

"We just can't pretend that nothing bad happened, or that people just got too excitable".

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said in a statement that "Leader McConnell and Senate Republicans' denial of the truth of the January 6th insurrection brings shame to the Senate".

Senate Republicans have blocked the bill that would have formed an independent commission into the January 6 Capitol riot because that's how little they apparently care about seeing their workplace swarmed by violent insurrectionists.

The riot killed four people and killed one police officer after the authorities died of natural causes.

In between meetings with Republican senators, he said a commission was "necessary for us to heal as a nation from the trauma that we all experienced that day". Five of those six, including Collins, also voted to convict Trump during a failed impeachment trial this year for his role in egging on the rioters during a rally beforehand and on social media as it ensued.

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That was unlikely because many Republican senators remain loyal to Trump and followed the guidance of Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell, who opposed the commission.


The vote underscores the steep challenges for Democrats in the evenly divided chamber, as they will have to win the support of at least one in five Republicans to pass policing reforms, voting-rights legislation and other priorities.

The stunning GOP rebuke of the proposed bipartisan commission on the Capitol riot, on a 54-35 vote, accelerated the argument, showing Democrats - and perhaps the broader public - how intense partisan loyalties are likely to make it hard for Biden's party to strike bipartisan compromises on elections reforms, infrastructure or other parts of his agenda. She voted for the commission, while Sen. "However, today the majority of my Republican colleagues in the Senate made it clear that they have little interest in looking at the facts; instead, they'd rather ignore or minimize the whole event".

How the commission would work: The commission would attempt to find bipartisan consensus.

Collins tried to address both points with an amendment that would have required the commission's chair and vice chair to make hires together, and shortened the time it would have to wind down its work after a December 31 deadline to issue a final report.

Republican opposition to the bipartisan panel has revived Democratic pressure to do away with the filibuster, a time-honoured Senate tradition that requires a vote by 60 of the 100 senators to cut off debate and advance a bill. In a letter to Democrats after the vote, Schumer said Congress had "seen the limits of bipartisanship".

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