A Senate vote on creating a bipartisan commission to investigate the Jan. 6 Capitol riot was pushed to later Friday because of delays on an unrelated bill overnight Thursday.
Republicans are expected to oppose the commission, which Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell has called a “purely political exercise that adds nothing to the sum total of information.”
Former President Trump has labeled the proposed commission a “Democrat trap.”
The bill to create the commission passed through the House along mostly partisan lines last week but 35 Republicans voted in favor of it.
Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer had reportedly planned to force the commission vote before the Memorial Day recess.
“I’m sorry that it may be bad politics for Republicans in their midterm campaigns,” Schumer said Tuesday. “The Democratic-led Congress is not going to just sweep Jan. 6 under the rug. The truth will come out.”
The bill would need 10 Republican votes to pass, which is unlikely, and it would mark the first successful Senate filibuster of the Biden presidency. The Republican opposition has revived Democratic pressure to do away with the filibuster, a time-honored Senate tradition that requires a vote by 60 of the 100 senators to cut off debate and advance a bill.
BIDEN ‘CAN’T IMAGINE’ ANYONE OPPOSING A COMMISSION TO INVESTIGATE JAN. 6
The family of Capitol Police officer Brian Sicknick, who co
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