(CNN)The mother of fallen US Capitol Police Officer Brian Sicknick, who had asked to meet with GOP senators, will meet with at least 15 of them Thursday ahead of an expected vote on the January 6 commission that so far is short of the 10 Republican votes needed to pass.
Thirteen Republican senators have declined to meet with her, according to a source with knowledge.
In a statement obtained by CNN, Sicknick writes, “My son, Capitol Police Officer, Brian Sicknick, died on January 7, 2021. He died because of the insurrectionists who stormed the Capitol Building on January 6.”
She adds, “He and his fellow officers fought for hours and hours against those animals who were trying to take over the Capitol Building and our Democracy, as we know it. While they were fighting, congressmen and senators were locking themselves inside their offices. According to some who were barricaded in their offices said it looked like tourists walking through the Capitol. Really?”
Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer has set up a vote on the commission, which is expected to take place on Thursday.
The overwhelming majority of GOP senators are expected to filibuster the measure and, as of now, only two GOP senators — Mitt Romney of Utah and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska — have indicated they would be willing to support the current legislation. Republican Sen. Susan Collins of Maine said she would vote for a procedural motion to begin debate on the legislation Thursday to be able to offer an amendment to make changes to the bill, according to her spokeswoman Annie Clark.
The measure passed in the House last week, with 35 Republican members voting for the commission.
Sicknick notes that her son died and that many other officers were wounded in the attack and says, “Not having a January 6 Commission to look into exactly what occurred is a slap in the faces of all the officers who did their jobs that day.” She is writing a letter to senators that lays out why she thinks the commission is the right way forward, and says she “understands this is a last minute request but would appreciate any time” senators can spare.
According to a source with knowledge, the Republicans who have agreed to meet with her are Sens. John Barrasso of Wyoming, Mike Braun of Indiana, Bill Cassidy of Louisiana, Susan Collins of Maine, Mike Crapo of Idaho, Ted Cruz of Texas, Lindsey Graham of South Car
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