According to The Hill, a journal specialized in congressional issues, the establishment of a committee focused on probing Jan. 6 insurrection can become a partisan fight.
US lawmakers voted largely along their party lines 222-190. Only two Republicans Liz Cheney and Adam Kinzinger joined Democrats to support for the new committee.
After Senate GOPers blocked a move to vote on an outside legislation to establish an independent bipartisan commission, Democrats decided to move forward with a House select committee.
¨We have a duty to the Constitution and the American people to find the truth of Jan. 6 and to ensure that such an assault on our democracy can never happen again,¨ House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said shortly before acknowledging the officers who were on duty the day of the attack.
The initial proposal for a bipartisan commission would have given Republicans an equal number of members and a deadline for an investigation report at the end of the year.
Instead, The Hill detailed, the select committee will have subpoena power and a total of 13 members, with eight selected by Pelosi and the remaining five by House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif.
The committee’s probe could easily be extended into next year as both parties prepare for midterm elections, an outcome Republicans wanted to avoid with the commission’s proposal.
The select committee will be tasked with probing into and reporting on the events, circumstances and causes related to Jan. 6 riot, including law enforcement preparation and the ‘influencers’ that fostered the attack to prevent the peaceful transfer of power.
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