House Democratic Caucus Chairman Hakeem Jeffries, DN.Y., said on Sunday his party intended to continue efforts to investigate the Jan.6 riot on Capitol Hill after Senate Republicans blocked consideration of a bill that would have established a bipartite commission to examine the incident.
“We have to clearly get to the bottom of what happened, why it happened and how to prevent something like this from happening again,” said Jeffries during an appearance on “State of the Union” by CNN. “We will re-evaluate the way forward in the coming days.”
The Senate voted 54-35 on whether to open debate on the legislation, falling to six votes from the threshold required to bypass Republican obstruction. The legislation reportedly established a commission like the one formed to investigate the September 11 terrorist attacks, made up of five members from each party.
The House previously voted 252-175 to approve the bill, with 35 Republicans voting for a committee. GOP lawmakers opposed to the commission argue that the pressure for a further investigation is politically motivated.
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“The heart of this recommendation from Democrats is that they would like to continue debating things that have happened in the past,” Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky said last week. “They would like to continue to advocate for the former president in the future.”
Democratic leaders have yet to say how they would proceed to investigate the riot. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., Could appoint a select committee to investigate without the support of Republicans.
Jeffries said the Democratic caucus was meeting on Tuesday to discuss the situation.
“I look forward to hearing from the speaker as well as the members on what will follow,” he added.
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