' "cowardly" filibuster
of a congressional investigation
into the Capitol insurgency, Rep. Gerry Connolly
(D-Va.) has called on President Joe Biden
to establish a presidential commission on Jan. 6.
“In light of the Republican Party
’s cowardly filibuster of a bipartisan Commission
on January 6th, I urge President Biden to form and appoint a Presidential Commission to fully investigate the insurgency at the United States
Capitol, to identify the individuals and organizations who plotted or were involved in those violent acts, and to make recommendations to prevent such an attack
from ever recurring,” Connol said.
Lance Cole, a Pennsylvania
State University law professor, urged the nation to investigate the “worst attack on the Capitol since the War of 1812” in the New York Daily News
voted 54-35 on Friday to support a House-passed measure that would have established a commission to investigate the Jan. 6 riot by Donald Trump supporters
aimed at disrupting the certification of Biden's Electoral College victory. However, the Senate required 60 votes
to proceed to further debate under the rules of the filibuster, which Republicans used to block the bill.
Only six Republicans voted in favor of the measure, and several others did not vote at all. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell
(R-Ky.) reportedly asked senators to vote against the measure as a "personal favor," describing such a commission as "extraneous."
The filibuster enraged Democrats
, who had rewritten the bill to accommodate changes requested by Republican lawmakers.
“There is no excuse for any Republican to vote against the commission because Democrats have agreed to everything they asked for,” said centrist Sen. Joe Manchin
(D-W.Va.) after the vote, calling the Republican position “unconscionable.” Manchin is a supporter of the filibuster.
and political elections
over the health
of our democracy
is unconscionable, and they will have to live with the betrayal of the oath we all take. My statement on the January 6th Commission vote: pic.twitter.com/tlPme9LMIo — Senator Joe Manchin (@Sen_JoeManchin) May 28, 2021
Although Biden did not immediately respond to Connolly's call on Saturday, the White House
stated on Friday that the president "remains committed" to pursuing an independent investigation into the Capitol riot
“The president has been clear that the heinous events of Jan. 6 require an independent and thorough investigation,” principal
deputy press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre told reporters aboard Air Force One. “He remains committed to that, and we will continue to work
with Congress to find a way forward to ensure that happens.”