Manchin, Sinema press GOP senators on Jan. 6 commission

Democratic Sens. Joe ManchinJoe ManchinPelosi says House members would not vote on spending bill topline higher than Senate's To reduce poverty, stop burdening the poor: What Joe Manchin gets wrong about the child tax credit Overnight Health Care — Presented by Indivior —Pfizer: COVID-19 vaccine safe for young kids MORE (W.Va.) and Kyrsten SinemaKyrsten SinemaDemocrats reject hardball tactics against Senate parliamentarian  The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Alibaba - Democrats return to disappointment on immigration This week: Democrats face mounting headaches MORE (Ariz.) are urging their Republican colleagues to move forward on a bipartisan commission to investigate the events of Jan. 6.

The moderate Democrats said in a statement Tuesday that they “could never have imagined an attack on Congress and our Capitol at the hands of our own citizens.”

“In the hours and days following the attack, Republican and Democratic members of Congress condemned the violence and vowed to hold those responsible accountable so our Democracy will never experience an attack like this again,” the pair said.


Manchin and Sinema touted the House's bipartisan passage last week of the bill to create a Jan. 6 commission, calling it a “critical step to ensuring our nation never has to endure an attack at the hands of our countrymen again.”

“We implore our Senate Republican colleagues to work with us to find a path forward on a commission to examine the events of January 6,” they said.

The statement comes as Senate Majority Leader Charles SchumerChuck SchumerMcConnell signals Senate GOP will oppose combined debt ceiling-funding bill Centrist state lawmaker enters Ohio GOP Senate primary Biden discusses agenda with Schumer, Pelosi ahead of pivotal week MORE (D-N.Y.) seeks to fast-track a vote on the legislation, which could come as soon as this week.

Several Republicans have indicated support for the measure, though Democrats are still short of the votes needed to overcome a filibuster.

Ten Republicans would need to back it to overcome a filibuster.


Some Democrats have floated abolishing the filibuster to advance certain agenda items, though Manchin and Sinema have both said that they do not support killing the filibuster.

Most recently, Manchin told Forbes on Tuesday that he would not kill the filibuster if the GOP blocked the formation of the Jan. 6 commission.

Sen. Mitt RomneyWillard (Mitt) Mitt RomneyGOP senator will 'probably' vote for debt limit increase Five questions and answers about the debt ceiling fight Warren, Daines introduce bill honoring 13 killed in Kabul attack MORE (R-Utah) was the first Senate Republican to say he would support the House version of the bill to form a commission. Sen. Lisa MurkowskiLisa Ann MurkowskiTrump, allies launch onslaught as midterms kick into gear Emboldened Trump takes aim at GOP foes The Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Facebook - DC prepares for Saturday of festivals & Jan. 6 demonstration MORE (R-Alaska) said Tuesday that she would also back it.

Sen. Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsMcConnell privately urged GOP senators to oppose debt ceiling hike GOP senator will 'probably' vote for debt limit increase Welcome to ground zero of climate chaos MORE (R-Maine), who also voted to convict former President TrumpDonald TrumpTrump takes shot at new GOP candidate in Ohio over Cleveland nickname GOP political operatives indicted over illegal campaign contribution from Russian national in 2016 On The Money — Dems dare GOP to vote for shutdown, default MORE over the Jan. 6 riot, told ABC’s "This Week" on Sunday that she would support the bill but is working out “flaws” in the House version.

Another Republican, Sen. Bill CassidyBill CassidySunday shows - Boosters in the spotlight GOP senator: Republicans will lose if they relitigate the past Sunday shows preview: Coronavirus dominates as country struggles with delta variant MORE (R-La.), has said he’s inclined to support forming a commission, while Sen. Richard BurrRichard Mauze BurrEmboldened Trump takes aim at GOP foes NC Republican primary key test of Trump's sway The 19 GOP senators who voted for the T infrastructure bill MORE (R-N.C.) — who also voted to convict Trump — has expressed opposition to a commission.