Schumer vows Senate vote on Jan. 6 commission

Schumer vows Senate vote on Jan. 6 commission
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Senate Majority Leader Charles SchumerChuck SchumerMcConnell pushes vaccines, but GOP muddles his message Biden administration stokes frustration over Canada Schumer blasts McCarthy for picking people who 'supported the big lie' for Jan. 6 panel MORE (D-N.Y.) is vowing the Senate will vote on legislation to establish a commission to investigate the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol, despite signs that Republicans will broadly oppose the proposal.

Schumer on Tuesday criticized what he called House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthyKevin McCarthyHas Trump beaten the system? Yellen to Congress: Raise the debt ceiling or risk 'irreparable harm' Freedom Caucus presses McCarthy to force vote to oust Pelosi MORE’s (R-Calif.) “eleventh-hour opposition” to setting up a bipartisan commission.

“It shows how difficult it is to negotiate with Republicans if the Republican leaders are just going to throw their lead negotiators under the bus,” Schumer said of McCarthy's statement of opposition to the commission, which undercut Rep. John KatkoJohn Michael KatkoSenators introduce bipartisan bill to secure critical groups against hackers House erupts in anger over Jan. 6 and Trump's role McCarthy yanks all GOP picks from Jan. 6 committee MORE (N.Y.), the top Republican on the House Homeland Security Committee.

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Katko and House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Bennie ThompsonBennie Gordon ThompsonDemocrats plow ahead with Jan. 6 probe, eyeing new GOP reinforcements Pelosi considering Kinzinger for Jan. 6 panel: report House erupts in anger over Jan. 6 and Trump's role MORE (D-Miss.) introduced legislation Friday to set up a 10 member commission to deliver a report by Dec. 31.

“Why do they even participate in negotiations at all?” Schumer grumbled.

The Democratic leader pledged to move forward with the bill once it passes the House, even if it has scant Republican support.

“We’ll see what the House vote is like but I want to be clear: I will put the Jan. 6 commission legislation on the floor of the Senate for a vote. Period,” he said.

“Republicans can let their constituents know: Are they on the side of truth or do they want to cover up for the insurrectionists and for Donald TrumpDonald TrumpPoll: 73 percent of Democratic voters would consider voting for Biden in the 2024 primary Biden flexes presidential muscle on campaign trail with Virginia's McAuliffe Has Trump beaten the system? MORE?” he added.

Schumer said McCarthy’s objections to setting up the commission “is a bogus way to avoid focusing on what really happened on Jan. 6.”