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House passes bill creating January 6 commission

The US House of Representatives passed a bipartisan bill, 252-175, to create a 9/11-style commission to investigate the January 6 assault on the US Capitol building. Minority Leader Mitch McConnell has already expressed his opposition to the formation of the commission.

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On Wednesday, May 19, 2021, the US House of Representatives had passed bill H.R. 3233 by a vote of 252 to 175, with all Democrats and 35 Republicans voting in favor with GOP party leadership in support of the bill and zero Democrats voting no.

In response to the pro-Trump mob that had stormed the Capitol building and engaged with riot police using weapons such as pepper spray, pyrotechnic devices, smoke bombs, knives, firearms, metal pipes and baseball bats, the H.R. 3233 bill was introduced on May 14, 2021. 

This bill establishes in the legislative branch the National Commission to Investigate the January 6 Attack on the United States Capitol Complex. The commission must (1) conduct an investigation of the relevant facts and circumstances relating to the attack on the Capitol; (2) identify, review, and evaluate the causes of and the lessons learned from this attack; and (3) submit specified reports containing findings, conclusions, and recommendations to improve the detection, prevention, preparedness for, and response to targeted violence and domestic terrorism and improve the security posture of the U.S. Capitol Complex. 

It also gives the commission specified powers, including the authority to hold hearings, receive evidence, and issue subpoenas. The bill also provides for the composition of the commission and the appointment of staff, and it requires the commission to hold public hearings and meetings to the extent that it is appropriate. The commission must also release public versions of its reports.

While this sure is a win for the Democratic party, this bill is to be pushed to the Senate.

Logan Kent

Logan is an ambitious, yet head-strong, "underdog." He strives to support the overlooked and bring attention to both big and small happenings in the world through journalism.

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