Republicans Explain Why They Voted for Jan. 6 Commission

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The Epoch Times

Thirty-five Republicans joined with Democrats on May 19 to vote for a commission to investigate the Jan. 6 U.S. Capitol breach. See the full list below.

GOP members who voted for the commission largely said they did so because they wanted to make sure another riot like the one that took place did not happen again.

“Like many Americans, I was appalled by what took place on January 6th when a mob broke down windows and doors, assaulted police officers, and threatened our very democracy,” Rep. David Valadao (R-Calif.) said in a statement. “An independent commission, similar to the 9/11-style review, is needed to remove politicization and shed light on what led to the attack and how members of Congress, intelligence agencies, and law enforcement officials can ensure this never happens again.”

No Republicans spoke in favor of the bill on the House floor on Wednesday save for Rep. John Katko (R-N.Y.), who was its co-sponsor along with Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.), and Rep. Fred Upton (R-Mich.).

Upton said members still lack answers to basic questions about the attack on the Capitol and believes the bipartisan commission will find answers.

Katko told members the commission “is about finding the truth and addressing the vulnerabilities of our security apparatus so that we can emerge stronger and better prepared.”


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