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Democrats Have ‘Backup Plan’ For Jan 6th Commission That Doesn’t Require Republican Support



Nancy Pelosi

On Friday the bipartisan commission bill to investigate the January 6th Capitol riots “went down in flames” in a 54-35 vote, falling short of the needed 60 votes to bypass the Senate filibuster. Every Democrat present supported the bill and six Republican senators joined them. Eleven senators, including two Democrats, did not cast a vote, adding to the “no” category. Democrats, however, have a backup plan. The plan includes a select House committee that does not need Republican support in order to be established.

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) released a statement after Friday’s vote pledging “Democrats will proceed to find the truth.” Her statement said, “Leader McConnell and Senate Republicans’ denial of the truth of the January 6th insurrection bring shame to the Senate.” She also claimed, “Republicans’ cowardice in rejecting the truth of that dark day makes our Capitol and our country less safe.”

Many Democratic members of the House are publicly supporting the backup plan, urging Pelosi and leadership to establish the committee. Vox reports, “such a committee would differ from the proposed bipartisan commission in several key ways, but it could still take steps to ensure accountability for those involved in the insurrection.”

“Notably, a select committee would be composed of members of Congress rather than outside experts, and the subpoena power would function differently – but, crucially, it could also be created with only a simple majority vote in the House” reports Vox. Representative Joaquin Castro (D-TX) told CNN “Congress should create a select committee to fully investigate the causes and consequences of the insurrection on January 6.” Castro served as an impeachment manager in former President Donald Trump’s second impeachment trial.

Representative Ted Lieu (D-CA) tweeted after Friday’s vote, “Mitch McConnell thinks he can stop the full truth from coming out. He cannot. The House can empower a bipartisan select congressional committee to investigate the insurrection, The select committee would also have stronger subpoena power because GOP Members can’t block subpoenas.”

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  1. Rita Kammerling

    June 1, 2021 at 12:42 pm

    And Nancy’s culpability in all this will be swept under the rug. No thanks.

  2. Fancy

    June 2, 2021 at 10:15 pm

    Bipartisan lol

  3. American Cynic

    June 12, 2021 at 3:50 pm

    Let us not forget that the truth is a double edged sword.

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Sen. Sinema Appears To Quickly Pull A U-Turn After Seeing Biden



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Kyrsten Sinema

Senator Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ) – who dealt a potentially fatal blow to the Democrats’ election reform legislation by refusing President Biden’s push to reform Senate filibuster rules – appears to have avoided Biden as he spoke to reporters after meeting with Senate Democrats to the legislation.

In a video posted on YouTube, as Biden speaks to reporters, Sinema can be seen emerging from a Senate room in the background. As soon as Sinema appears to see Biden, she turns around and walks in the other direction.

Under current Senate rules, at least 60 senators would need to support Biden’s election reform legislation for it to pass. With the 50-50 split in the Senate, Democrats would need at least 10 Republicans to support the bill for it to have any chance of passing. In order to bypass this, Biden has pushed for eliminating the filibuster, which would effectively allow Democrats to ram through their legislation.

On Thursday, Sinema announced that she did not support eliminating the filibuster to allow the bills to pass through the Senate.

“There’s no need for me to restate my longstanding support for the 60-vote threshold to pass legislation. There’s no need for me to restate its role in protecting our country from wild reversals of federal policy,” Sinema said, according to Fox News. “This week’s harried discussions about Senate rules are but a poor substitute for what I believe could have and should have been a thoughtful public debate at any time over the past year.”

“But what is the legislative filibuster, other than a tool that requires new federal policy to be broadly supported by senators, representing the broader cross-section of Americans… Demands to eliminate this threshold from whichever party holds the fleeting majority amount to a group of people separated on two sides of a canyon, shouting that solution to their colleagues,” she continued.

“These bills help treat the symptoms of the disease, but they do not fully address the disease itself. And while I continue to support these bills, I will not support separate actions that worsen the underlying disease of division affecting our country,” Sinema added.

“Some have given up on the goal of erasing our divisions and uniting Americans. I have not,” Sinema stated. “I’ve worked hard to demonstrate in my public service, the value of working with unlikely allies to get results.”

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Biden should ‘sleep with one eye open’ around Harris: Terrell



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Jesse Watters and Leo Terrell react to the Biden-Harris COVID response strategy on ‘Hannity.’

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