Speaker Nancy Pelosi
(D-Calif.) announced Thursday that she will form a select committee to investigate the Jan. 6 Capitol attack
, after Senate Republicans
blocked legislation to establish a bipartisan commission
akin to the 9/11 commission last month.
According to Pelosi, the announcement was made with "great solemnity and sadness," and investigators will have "as much time as it takes."
“Again, January 6
was one of the darkest days in our nation’s history
,” she said, adding, “It is critical that we establish the truth of that day, ensure that an attack of that kind cannot happen [again], and that we root out the causes of it all.”
On Tuesday, the speaker stated that she would decide whether or not to form a committee this week.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has announced, "with great solemnity and sadness," that the House will form a select committee to investigate the January 6th Capitol insurgency. pic.twitter.com/E0l4jdq6ut — The Recount
(@therecount) June 24, 2021
and a vocal section of the US Capitol Police
, which was overrun by a mob of Trump supporters
attempting to breach the building, supported the independent Jan. 6 panel, nearly all Republicans in the Senate chose to block its creation last month by using the filibuster
This week, the party also blocked a broad overhaul of voting laws in the United States
that would strengthen safeguards for voters
across the country, despite state-level Republican attacks on voting rights
Republicans' actions have fueled calls from the left to repeal the filibuster, the rule that requires legislation to receive 60 votes
before it can be debated on the Senate floor. However, Democrats would need the full support of their caucus to do so, and moderates such as Sens. Joe Manchin
(W.Va.) and Kyrsten Sinema
(Ariz.) have steadfastly refused to do so.