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 SchumerPoll: Majority of voters say more police are needed amid rise in crime America's middle class is getting hooked on government cash — and Democrats aren't done yet The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Senate finalizes .2 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill 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 McCarthy58 percent say Jan. 6 House committee is biased: poll The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Senate finalizes .2 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill Sunday shows - Delta variant, infrastructure dominate 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 KatkoGOP brawls over Trump on eve of first Jan. 6 hearing Senators introduce bipartisan bill to secure critical groups against hackers House erupts in anger over Jan. 6 and Trump's role 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 ThompsonHouse members will huddle Friday to plot next steps on Jan. 6 probe Budowsky: Liz Cheney, a Reagan Republican, and Pelosi, Ms. Democrat, seek Jan. 6 truth The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Officers recount the horror of Jan. 6 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 TrumpThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - White House, Dems play blame game over evictions The Memo: Left pins hopes on Nina Turner in Ohio after recent defeats Biden administration to keep Trump-era rule of turning away migrants during pandemic 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.”