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Republican senators poised to use filibuster to block Jan. 6 commission

New York Daily News logo New York Daily News 5/27/2021 Dave Goldiner

Republican senators are set to use their controversial filibuster power to block the creation of a 9/11-style bipartisan commission to examine the Jan. 6 storming of the Capitol.

The GOP lawmakers plan to invoke the procedural tactic when Senate Democrats seek to bring up a bill to establish the panel, which would hold hearings and issue a report on the infamous attack by thousands of supporters of former President Trump.

Democrats would likely need 60 senators to agree to move forward with the bill, a tally that they are extremely unlikely to reach in the evenly divided chamber.

a person holding a sign: Supporters of then President Donald Trump protest inside the US Capitol on January 6, 2021, in Washington, DC. © bstirton Supporters of then President Donald Trump protest inside the US Capitol on January 6, 2021, in Washington, DC.

Supporters of then President Donald Trump protest inside the US Capitol on January 6, 2021, in Washington, DC. (bstirton/)

“It’s very sad,” Gladys Sicknick, the mother of fallen Capitol Police Officer Brian Sicknick, said Thursday.

The grieving mom met with Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah) ahead of the vote and was seeking meetings with other GOP lawmakers about their opposition to the panel.


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“We have a mob overtake the Capitol, and we can’t get the Republicans to join us in making historic record of that event?” Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Illinois), the No. 2 Senate Democrat, asked Wednesday.

Republicans say the proposed commission is a partisan Democratic effort to embarrass and divide them ahead of next year’s midterm elections.

A significant group of GOP lawmakers in the House of Representatives voted for the commission but only a handful of Republican senators have followed suit, despite their repeated vows to back such a panel in the days and weeks following the historic insurrection attempt.

a group of people sitting around a fireplace: Trump supporters clash with police and security forces as people try to storm the US Capitol on January 6, 2021 in Washington, DC. © Provided by New York Daily News Trump supporters clash with police and security forces as people try to storm the US Capitol on January 6, 2021 in Washington, DC.

Trump supporters clash with police and security forces as people try to storm the US Capitol on January 6, 2021 in Washington, DC. (bstirton/)

Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine), a prominent moderate Republican, says she is working on tweaks to the bill that could make it more palatable to some GOP colleagues. But Democrats have already made major concessions and there is little sign that Republicans are seriously seeking a compromise.

The GOP stonewalling will put undoubtedly new focus on efforts to weaken or eliminate the filibuster, which mandates a 60-vote supermajority to pass most laws. Budget measures and judicial appointments have been exempted.

Democrats are mostly united behind a push to eliminate the rule, which they say entrenches a permanent GOP veto power in the chamber that is tilted toward Republicans due to the outsized power of less populous rural states.

A handful of Democratic senators are uneasy about eliminating the filibuster, especially Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.V.) who has insisted he will not agree to ax it no matter what Republicans do.

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