Nearly three dozen Republicans voted in favor of a bill approved by the House to create a bipartisan commission similar to the one following 9/11 to investigate the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol. The 252 to 175 vote included 35 GOP members voting yes to the measure. No Democrats voted against the legislation.
Among the 35 Republicans who supported the effort were the same 10 members who voted to impeach Trump following the events of Jan. 6.
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) had expressed his opposition to the effort. He noted several investigations were already ongoing and that any commission needed to encompass more than only the event of the single day.
“Given the political misdirections that have marred this process, given the now duplicative and potentially counterproductive nature of this effort, and given the Speaker’s shortsighted scope that does not examine interrelated forms of political violence in America, I cannot support this legislation,” McCarthy said ahead of the House vote.
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell also announced his opposition to the commission ahead of the House vote. “After careful consideration, I’ve made a decision to oppose the House Democrats’ slanted and unbalanced proposal for another commission to study the events of Jan. 6,” he said Wednesday during a Senate session.
New York Republican Rep. John Katko was among the GOP members who supported the measure. “To my friends on both sides of the aisle – I welcome honest, vigorous, and civil debate. At the end of the day, I strongly believe this is a fair and necessary legislation,” he said on the House floor. “I encourage all members, Republicans and Democrats alike, to put down their swords for once, just for once, and support this bill.”
Pelosi shared her pleasure with the “bipartisan” effort. When asked about McCarthy’s concerns, she offered her own response, according to NPR: “I’m very pleased that we have a bipartisan bill to come to the floor and it’s disappointing, but not surprising, that the cowardice on the part of some on the Republican side not to want to find the truth.”
The bill now moves to the Senate, where it will thankfully face an unlikely battle to reach the 60 votes needed for approval.
The fiasco highlights one major problem within the current House situation. Not all those who call themselves Republicans are true conservatives. A growing number of RINOs (Republicans in name only) have found their way into office in recent years.
We’re not just talking about Wyoming’s Liz Cheney, who was recently removed from leadership from her own party for her ongoing attacks on Trump and her own party’s beliefs. We’re talking about nearly three dozen House members who now bow to political pressure over Pelosi’s plans to further attack Trump and his supporters.
Yes, those who committed acts of violence in the U.S. Capitol were in the wrong. No, most of those attending Trump’s rally were not part of the problem.
The blurring of all conservatives with extremists ready to break windows and destroy property might make for good political highlights, but fails to represent true conservative American values.
It’s time to reject the betrayal within the Republican party and unite around the convictions that make America great before it is too late.