Gillibrand: 'Only six strong souls' voted with Senate Democrats on Jan. 6 commission

Sen. Kirsten GillibrandKirsten GillibrandEquilibrium/ Sustainability — Presented by NextEra Energy — Clean power repurposes dirty power Senators hail 'historic changes' as competing proposals to tackle military sexual assault advance Overnight Defense: Military justice overhaul included in defense bill | Pentagon watchdog to review security of 'nuclear football' | Pentagon carries out first air strike in Somalia under Biden MORE (D-N.Y.) on Sunday said it was a “problem” that “only six strong souls” voted with Senate Democrats for legislation to establish a commission to probe the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol, referring to the six Republican senators who supported the commission.

"We’ve seen this time and time again. [Senate] Minority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellTrump Jr. inches past DeSantis as most popular GOP figure in new poll: Axios House rejects GOP effort to seat McCarthy's picks for Jan. 6 panel Senators scramble to save infrastructure deal MORE [R-Ky.] has already said his goal is to defeat the agenda of this administration. We just had a vote on the Jan. 6 riots and only had six strong souls to vote with us. That's a problem," Gillibrand said on CNN's "State of the Union."

"I don't think there's necessarily goodwill behind all negotiations, and I think the American people elected us to solve the problem of COVID, to rebuild the economy, rebuild the infrastructure, and I think it's our moment to act," she added.

Senate Republicans on Friday blocked legislation that aimed to establish a commission to investigate the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol in a 54 to 35 vote.

The vote was the caucus's first successful filibuster of the 117th Congress.

GOP Sens. Lisa MurkowskiLisa Ann MurkowskiWhy Biden's Interior Department isn't shutting down oil and gas Biden signs bill to bolster crime victims fund Bipartisan group says it's still on track after setback on Senate floor MORE (Alaska), Mitt RomneyWillard (Mitt) Mitt RomneySenators scramble to save infrastructure deal Schumer urges GOP to ignore Trump: He's 'rooting for failure' Senate infrastructure talks on shaky grounds MORE (Utah), Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsSchumer urges GOP to ignore Trump: He's 'rooting for failure' Trump pressures McConnell, GOP to ditch bipartisan talks until they have majority Transit funding, broadband holding up infrastructure deal MORE (Maine), Bill CassidyBill CassidyBipartisan group says it's still on track after setback on Senate floor The Hill's Morning Report - High-profile COVID-19 infections spark new worries GOP centrists call on Schumer to delay infrastructure vote MORE (La.), Rob PortmanRobert (Rob) Jones PortmanSenators scramble to save infrastructure deal On The Money: Senate infrastructure talks on shaky grounds | Trump tells Republicans to walk away | GOP sees debt ceiling as its leverage against Biden Schumer urges GOP to ignore Trump: He's 'rooting for failure' MORE (Ohio) and Ben SasseBen SasseSasse calls China's Xi a 'coward' after Apple Daily arrest Defunct newspaper's senior editor arrested in Hong Kong Murkowski: Trump has 'threatened to do a lot' to those who stand up to him MORE (Neb.) crossed the aisle and joined Democrats in voting for the legislation. Ten Republican senators, however, were needed to advance the bill.

Sen. Pat ToomeyPatrick (Pat) Joseph ToomeyBlack women look to build upon gains in coming elections Watch live: GOP senators present new infrastructure proposal Sasse rebuked by Nebraska Republican Party over impeachment vote MORE (R-Pa.) missed the vote because of a family commitment, but a spokesperson said he would have supported advancing it “with the expectation that the Senate would consider and Sen. Toomey would have supported” GOP amendments.

The House approved the bill earlier this month in a 252 to 175 vote, with 35 Republicans supporting the legislation.