Colorado senators want a commission to investigate Jan.6, but they’re not surprised it won’t happen
Colorado Junior Senator John Hickenlooper said the commission is necessary to “get the facts” so that “future generations can see what happened and know what happened. I think it’s worth spending the time on it. “
McConnell said there was no need for a dedicated commission, noting that congressional committees and the Department of Justice were already investigating the events of the day.
“I don’t believe that the extra and superfluous ‘commission’ that Democratic leaders want would uncover crucial new facts or promote healing. Frankly, I don’t even believe it’s designed for, ”McConnell said on the floor.
It’s a position that frustrates the most moderate Democrat in the chamber, West Virginia’s Joe Manchin. He said there was no excuse for a Republican to vote against the bill. “Mitch McConnell has made this his political position, believing it will help his 2022 election. They don’t believe the truth will set you free, so they will continue to live in fear.
Manchin, however, does not support removing the filibuster in order to pass the measure, a move some Democrats have spoken about in response to Republican blocades over this bill and others.
The inability of the two sides to come to an agreement underscores the deep partisan divide that has grown around the insurgency in the past five months since it occurred, with some Republicans downplaying the events of that day.