Minority Leader Mitch McConnell’s decision to oppose the commission imperils the bill in the Senate.
Lisa Rosenberg, Executive Director of Open The Government issued the following statement:
“The U.S. House of Representatives has passed a bill to establish a bipartisan commission to investigate the January 6 insurrection on the Capitol. However, McConnell’s last-minute decision to oppose the creation of the commission is a betrayal of the public’s trust. By taking on the stance that the commission would duplicate rather than complement ongoing investigations, McConnell chose partisanship over a comprehensive effort to get to the root of a serious attempt to sabotage our nation’s constitutional processes and prevent the peaceful transfer of power.”
“The bipartisan 9/11-type commission would uncover the machinations of organizers of the attack leading up to the event, and the findings of the investigation could prevent a future Capitol breach. McConnell’s decision to undermine the legislation at a critical moment is an attempt to prevent Congress from exerting its oversight authority to hold the organizers of the insurrection responsible for their actions, and law enforcement agencies accountable for their failure to respond efficiently to the events of that fateful day.”