Schumer warns he could bring Jan. 6 commission bill back to the floor

Senate Majority Leader Charles SchumerChuck SchumerFive takeaways on the Supreme Court's Obamacare decision Senate confirms Chris Inglis as first White House cyber czar Schumer vows to only pass infrastructure package that is 'a strong, bold climate bill' MORE (D-N.Y.) warned on Friday that he could force a second vote on a House-passed bill setting up a commission to probe the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol.

Schumer, in a letter to Senate Democrats, signaled that the measure could come back up after most Senate Republicans voted against it in a key test vote Friday afternoon.

"Senators should rest assured that the events of January 6th will be investigated and that as Majority Leader, I reserve the right to force the Senate to vote on the bill again at the appropriate time," Schumer wrote.


The letter was shared shortly after Republicans successfully launched their first filibuster of the 117th Congress, pouring fuel on progressive calls for Democrats to get rid of the 60-vote hurdle needed to pass most legislation.

Schumer, during a floor speech Friday, lashed out at Republicans after the vote, accusing them of being in "fear or fealty to Donald TrumpDonald TrumpWhite House denies pausing military aid package to Ukraine Poll: 30 percent of GOP voters believe Trump will 'likely' be reinstated this year Black Secret Service agent told Trump it was offensive to hold rally in Tulsa on Juneteenth: report MORE."

"This vote has made it official. Donald Trump's big lie has now fully enveloped the Republican Party. Trump's big lie is now the defining principle of what was once the party of Lincoln," Schumer said.

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellGraham quips key to working with Trump: We both 'like him' The Hill's Morning Report - ObamaCare here to stay Democrats scramble to unify before election bill brawl MORE (R-Ky.) has argued the Jan. 6 bill is an attempt by Democrats to damage the GOP heading into the 2022 midterm elections.

Republicans had also raised concerns about the staffing language for the commission and viewed the end-of-year cutoff date for the panel's findings as unrealistic. Sen. Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsWhite House reiterates opposition to raising gas tax amid infrastructure debate Centrists gain leverage over progressives in Senate infrastructure battle Lawmakers rally around cyber legislation following string of attacks MORE (Maine), one of the six GOP senators who voted to advance the bill, had crafted amendments to address those two issues.

Because the bill failed on a test vote, Collins was not able to offer her amendments.