US Senate blocks January 6th Commission

Senate Republicans on Friday blocked a bill that would create an independent commission to investigate the Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol, as Democrats and the GOP diverge over how best to probe the attack on the legislature and prevent another assault on the democratic process.

The measure failed to hit the 60-vote threshold needed to overcome a filibuster as nearly all Republican senators opposed it.

The vote likely snuffs out the creation of a panel Democrats and some Republicans have called vital to understanding what led to the violent attempt to disrupt the transfer of power to President Joe Biden. GOP leaders have contended the commission could duplicate existing efforts by the Justice Department and congressional committees to investigate the attack, which led to five deaths, including that of Capitol Police officer Brian Sicknick.


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