SUMMARY Mitch McConnell, the Senate Minority Leader, announced on Wednesday that he opposes a House plan that would form a commission to examine the Jan. 6 Capitol shooting, posing a possibly insurmountable obstacle for legislation that was already facing stiff opposition in the upper chamber.
Even after Pelosi agreed to GOP demands that the body include an equal number of Democrat and Republican appointments and that Republicans have veto authority over subpoenas, McConnell lambasted the planned panel as skewed and imbalanced in a floor address.
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy expressed worry that the panel would be restricted from concentrating on political violence, but McConnell did not share his worries.
Though not all Senate Republicans are in lockstep, McConnell’s opposition will undoubtedly restrict the number of GOP senators who feel free to support the bill: Senator Bill Cassidy (R-La.) said he is “inclined to support” it and disagrees with McConnell that it is “slanted.”
Senator Susan Collins (R-Maine) told reporters that she opposes allowing the commission’s chairman to pick all of the employees and that the investigation should be time-limited, but that she would support for it if those modifications are made.
Senator John Thune, the Senate Minority Whip, told reporters that the bill’s fate is contingent on how the House vote goes, and that some Senate Republicans “clearly have an interest.
LARGE NUMBER 17
This is the minimum needed of Republican support for the measure in the House, which includes at least 15 members of the nonpartisan Problem Solvers Caucus.
I hope Mitch McConnell and Kevin McCarthy are paying attention!” Former President Donald Trump issued a statement on Wednesday calling the panel a “Democrat trap” and pushing Republicans to “be much tougher and much smarter, and stop being exploited by the Radical Left.”
WHAT TO BEWARE OF
Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer has committed to put the commission up for a vote in the Senate, whether or not he believes it would beat the filibuster — which takes ten Republican votes to advance Democratic legislation.