Pelosi pushes ahead on commission to study Capitol riot despite GOP opposition

Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) just isn’t giving up.

According to NBC News, the House speaker is pushing ahead with efforts to establish a commission to investigate the Jan. 6 riot on Capitol Hill, even after Republicans derailed a bill last week that would have launched such a probe.

According to NPR, a final vote on the measure came up 54–35 in the Senate on Friday, with six Republicans joining Democrats in favor of creating what Dems have promised will be an “independent,” “bipartisan” commission to review the events that transpired on the Hill as Congress met to certify the results of the 2020 presidential race.

But just because the GOP blocked the bill in the Senate doesn’t mean Pelosi is ready to throw in the towel.

Weighing her options

The House speaker’s latest remarks on the topic came during a recent conference call with members of the House Democratic Caucus. There, Pelosi reportedly outlined four options Democrats still have to make a Jan. 6 commission a reality.

Among them, according to NBC News: “The Senate could hold a second vote on the original bipartisan commission; Democrats in the House could create a select committee; the existing congressional committees could continue their separate investigations; or they could empower one existing committee such as the House Homeland Security Committee to take charge of the probe.”

Pelosi reportedly ruled out the idea of having President Joe Biden act to establish the commission to investigate the unrest.

According to the Associated Press, the speaker said Congress would still need to OK funding for such a review, making a move from Biden “not a workable idea in this circumstance.”

Pelosi is reportedly continuing to weigh her remaining options with other members of her caucus.

Republicans aren’t buying it

In a statement after Republicans killed the bill in the Senate late last week, Pelosi decried her GOP colleagues in the upper chamber, including Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY). “Leader McConnell and Senate Republicans’ denial of the truth of the January 6 insurrection brings shame to the Senate,” she said, according to Politico.

But Republicans maintain that the purportedly independent review would only stall efforts toward healing and unity in America that Dems including Biden have been pushing since they took power in Washington in January.

“I do not believe the additional, extraneous ‘commission’ that Democratic leaders want would uncover crucial new facts or promote healing,” McConnell said last week, according to Fox News. “Frankly, I do not believe it is even designed to.”

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