Kinzinger supports bill on Jan. 6 commission: 'We cannot let fear stop us'

Kinzinger supports bill on Jan. 6 commission: 'We cannot let fear stop us'
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Rep. Adam KinzingerAdam Daniel KinzingerMcCarthy pulls GOP picks off House economic panel GOP up in arms over Cheney, Kinzinger Five takeaways from a bracing day of Jan. 6 testimony MORE (R-Ill.) on Tuesday said he supports a national commission to investigate the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol.

“I fully support a national commission to investigate the January 6, 2021 attack on the U.S. Capitol Complex. Making this effort bipartisan is critical to ensuring we find out what led to this insurrection and what security measures are needed moving forward,” Kinzinger wrote in a statement posted on Twitter.

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Kinzinger’s support for a commission to look into the Jan. 6 riot comes hours after House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthyKevin McCarthyHouse to resume mask mandate after new CDC guidance McCarthy pulls GOP picks off House economic panel GOP up in arms over Cheney, Kinzinger MORE (R-Calif.) said he would not support such an effort, even after the top Democrat and Republican on the House Homeland Security Committee reached an agreement last week on legislation to establish a 9/11-style commission to investigate the events of that day.

McCarthy said he would not support the bill because House Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiHouse to resume mask mandate after new CDC guidance McCarthy pulls GOP picks off House economic panel GOP up in arms over Cheney, Kinzinger MORE (D-Calif.) “refused to negotiate in good faith” on the parameters of the commission and because Democrats’ “renewed focus” does not include “political violence” in American cities, the 2017 shooting at a Republican congressional baseball practice or the fatal attack on Capitol Police on April 2.

Kinzinger, however, said the establishment of a commission to investigate the Jan. 6 attack “should not be about party politics,” writing that the insurrection affected both Democrats and Republicans.

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“The insurrection on January 6th was an attack on all who work at the Capitol - both Democrats and Republicans were hiding out and fearing for their lives that day,” said Kinzinger, a vocal critic of former President TrumpDonald TrumpRealClearPolitics reporter says Freedom Caucus shows how much GOP changed under Trump Jake Ellzey defeats Trump-backed candidate in Texas House runoff DOJ declines to back Mo Brooks's defense against Swalwell's Capitol riot lawsuit MORE.

The Illinois Republican continued, writing that the insurrection was an attack on American democracy, the Constitution and was a “violent attempt” to stop Congress from fulfilling its legislative duties.

“Now, it is our responsibility to get a full accounting of what led to it and what improvements we must make to prevent future violent acts from happening again,” Kinzinger wrote.

“We cannot let fear stop us from doing what is right,” he added.

While Kinzinger has now come out in favor of the commission, McCarthy’s refusal to get behind the legislation may make it difficult for Democrats to secure the support of at least 10 GOP senators needed to pass the bill in the upper chamber.

The break between Kinzinger and McCarthy on the Jan. 6 commission is one in a series of disagreements between the two lawmakers. Most recently, McCarthy called for the ouster of Rep. Liz CheneyElizabeth (Liz) Lynn CheneyMcCarthy pulls GOP picks off House economic panel GOP up in arms over Cheney, Kinzinger Five takeaways from a bracing day of Jan. 6 testimony MORE (R-Wyo.) from leadership because of her anti-Trump stance, while Kinzinger supported Cheney.

The congressmen butted heads throughout the Cheney battle. Last week, Kinzinger revealed that he huddled with some GOP colleagues after the Jan. 6 attack to discuss forcing a vote of no confidence in McCarthy.