Partisan disputes delay sweeping China tech bill in U.S. Senate

Henrietta Brewer
May 29, 2021

Other Capitol Police officers also urged Senators to support the commission.

There are already two Senate committees investigating the events of that day, and another in the House, and the FBI, Capitol Police, and other agencies are continuing their investigations, but House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer wanted a special commission, which opponents said would unnecessarily continue the political divide. They also argued that if the commission failed to produce a final report before the end of the year, Republican lawmakers would have to spend much of the 2022 campaign season responding to its revelations about Trump's past ills and trying to sidestep his outbursts when their aim is to make the next election cycle a referendum on President Biden and the Democrats who control Congress.

"We all know what's going on here".

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer pledged to "put the January 6 commission legislation on the floor of the Senate for a vote", regardless of GOP opposition to the commission.

The White House said Biden remained committed to a full, independent investigation of the attack. CNN and Politico report that Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell privately lobbied his Republican colleagues to oppose the commission earlier this week.

But Republicans are also concerned that the commission, modelled on one that probed the September 11, 2001, attacks, would focus attention on the violence and on Trump's persistent false claims about the 2020 election well into next year's midterm congressional election campaigns.

Rep. Joaquin Castro, a Texas Democrat who served as an impeachment manager in former President Donald Trump's second trial, said the Senate should pass a bill creating an outside commission.

Despite a weekslong effort to persuade at least 10 of her fellow Republicans to join her, Collins was on the losing side of a vote Friday to bring a bill, passed by the U.S. House, to the floor of the Senate for debate.

In a statement, Murray said she had to fly home Friday morning for "a personal family matter". Bill Cassidy, Susan Collins, Lisa Murkowski, Rob Portman, Mitt Romney and Ben Sasse. You may unsubscribe any time by clicking on the unsubscribe link at the bottom of our emails.

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