Republican senators block 9/11-style congressional probe of Capitol riot

Republicans block congressional probe of Capitol riot
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Daily US Times: Republican Senators have blocked a bill to establish a bipartisan commission to investigate the Capitol Hill riot.

The measure passed last week in the US House of Representatives.

Members of former president Donald Trump’s party said the riot is already being investigated by congressional panels.

Democrats argued that forming a commission, similar to the one created after 9/11, would prevent any repeat of a similar invasion on the Capitol.

Supporters of Mr Trump violently stormed Congress on 6 January in a failed bid to overturn the certification of Joe Biden’s victory in November’s election.

The riot left five dead, including a police officer.

Although 54 senators, including 6 Republican senators, voted in favour of creating the commission to investigate the riot, the bill failed.

It needed 60 votes due to a rule called the filibuster where 60 of the 100 senators must vote in favour of a bill for it to pass.

Speaking from outside an ice cream parlour in Ohio on Thursday, president Joe Biden condemned Republicans, saying: “I can’t imagine anyone voting against establishing a commission on the greatest assault since the Civil War on the Capitol.”

Also before the vote, the mother of police officer Brian Sicknick, visited Capitol Hill along with her son’s girlfriend, Sandra Garza, to lobby lawmakers to support the commission.

Gladys Sicknick said: “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.”

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