Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell said Wednesday he’s against forming an investigative panel to examine the Jan. 6 attack at the U.S. Capitol, calling the Democratic proposal “slanted” and “unbalanced.”
McConnell made the remarks on the Senate floor Wednesday morning.
The House is expected to vote soon on legislation to form the 9/11-style commission, which would be made up with five Republicans and five Democrats. It would be chaired by a Democrat and vice chaired by a Republican.
“After careful consideration, I’ve made the decision to oppose the House Democrats slanted and unbalanced proposal for another commission to study the events of Jan. 6,” McConnell said.
Although the bill is expected to pass the Democratic-held House, it will need support from at least 10 Republicans in the Senate to be sent to President Joe Biden. Otherwise, Democrats may need to make some revisions to the proposal.
McConnell’s opposition follows a similar rejection from House GOP leader Kevin McCarthy on Tuesday.
McCarthy opposes the panel because it focuses only on the January Capitol attack, which was perpetrated by radical supporters of former President Donald Trump who were trying to disrupt Congress’ counting of Electoral College votes that put Biden in office.
The California Republican said any commission should be expanded to investigate other violence, such as the 2017 shooting at a Republican congressional baseball practice that seriously wounded Rep. Steve Scalise of Louisiana.
Pelosi called McCarthy’s opposition “cowardice.”
“[It is] disappointing but not surprising that the cowardice on the part of some on the Republican side not to want to find the truth.”
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