With the support of nearly three dozen Republicans, the House passed on Wednesday a measure that would create a bipartisan commission similar to the one formed after Sept. 11, 2001 to investigate the attack on the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, NPR reported.
The vote came up 252–175, with 35 Republicans joining all Democrats in supporting the bill.
Among the 35 Republicans who supported the effort were the 10 members who voted to impeach then-President Donald Trump following the unrest, which was reported to have been perpetrated by a group of his supporters.
Though nearly three dozen House Republicans backed it, most in the GOP were wholly against the idea of a 9/11-style commission. Among those in opposition was House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA), who noted that several investigations into the riot are already ongoing and argued that any probe of the event needs to cover more than just the day of the breach.
“Given the political misdirections that have marred this process, given the now duplicative and potentially counterproductive nature of this effort, and given the Speaker’s shortsighted scope that does not examine interrelated forms of political violence in America, I cannot support this legislation,” McCarthy said ahead of the House vote, according to NBC News.
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) also expressed his disapproval ahead of the vote.
“After careful consideration, I’ve made a decision to oppose the House Democrats’ slanted and unbalanced proposal for another commission to study the events of Jan. 6,” McConnell said Wednesday during a Senate session, according to NPR.
The bill would need the support of at least 10 GOP senators to become law, NPR notes.
RINOs and Democrats unite
In the House, New York Rep. John Katko was among the Republicans who supported the measure.
“To my friends on both sides of the aisle — I welcome honest, vigorous, and civil debate. At the end of the day, I strongly believe this is a fair and necessary legislation,” he said on the House floor, according to NPR. “I encourage all members, Republicans and Democrats alike, to put down their swords for once, just for once, and support this bill.”
It’s certainly rare to see a Republican congressman on the same side as House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), who blasted McCarthy and others in the GOP for their opposition.
“I’m very pleased that we have a bipartisan bill to come to the floor and it’s disappointing, but not surprising, that the cowardice on the part of some on the Republican side not to want to find the truth,” she said, according to NPR.