A frustrated Sen. Susan Collins said Friday that she believed a commission to investigate how and why violent protesters loyal to former President Donald Trump were able to breach security and lay siege to the Capitol on January 6 was necessary to prevent a similar calamity in the future. The 35 no votes were all Republicans.
She spoke with reporters on Thursday, criticizing the view said to be held by McConnell and other Republicans that such a commission could hurt the GOP in the 2022 midterm elections. Other Capitol Police officers also urged Senators to support the commission. She noted that many of her Senate colleagues were not there when Congress approved a commission to investigate 9/11, which resulted in federal reforms that bolstered national security against terror attacks launched by entities from outside of the United States.
The Senate had sought to pass the $250 billion measure on Thursday but the legislation was delayed by Republicans who said Schumer and his fellow Democrats had not allowed enough time to consider amendments.
Tuberville was one of 35 Republicans who voted nay during a procedural vote to determine whether the Senate should take up a House-passed bill on the establishment of a commission.
The Senate is voting now on whether to advance a bill that would create a commission to investigate the january 6 Capitol riot that led to the deaths of five people and about 140 police officers injured.
Her stance again puts Collins at odds with her party and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky, who opposed the bill despite amendments proposed by Collins meant to alleviate McConnell's objections to the composition of the commission and the timeline for its work.
Lawmakers had hoped to create a bipartisan commission to investigate the deadly riots, which took place when supporters of then-President Donald Trump stormed the Capitol in the hopes of delaying the Electoral College certification of the 2020 election.
"We all know what's going on here".
Republicans did not defend these positions on the Senate floor before or after the vote.
The bill was bipartisan and many senators from both parties said they generally supported its substance. Mitt Romney of Utah, Susan Collins of ME and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska - have expressed their support for advancing the legislation, and Democrats need 10.
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