House Votes Next Week On Committee To Investigate Jan. 6 Attack
The House of Representatives will vote next week on a resolution to create a select committee to investigate the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol, Democratic House leadership announced on Friday.
House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn, standing in for House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, announced in a floor speech the bill will be considered among numerous others.
Details of the committee – including its scope, funding, timing and partisan makeup – remain sparse, and no text of the resolution has been released publicly.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Thursday she hopes House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy will appoint “responsible” members and said the probe will last “as long as it takes.”
McCarthy repeatedly demurred when asked about the select committee during a press conference on Friday, even stating, “I don’t know that there is a select committee, the speaker’s never talked to me about it.”
McCarthy said he “won’t make any commitment” without knowing more, including on whether he will appoint lawmakers who have downplayed the severity of the attack.
The select committee came about after Senate Republicans blocked a bill to create an independent commission to probe the attack, which was opposed by McCarthy and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell. Six GOP senators voted with Democrats to pass the commission, but it would have needed at least ten to overcome the filibuster.
1. That’s the majority the bill – which does not need Senate approval – requires to pass the House, meaning Democrats do not need any Republican support. Measures like this have typically garnered support from all House Democrats, and even some Republicans.
“Anything that’s partisan, no. Because you know what’s going to happen with that,” Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick (R-Pa.), a moderate who voted for the commission, told Politico when asked if he likes the idea of a select committee. Fitzpatrick reportedly said he would serve on the committee if asked.
What To Watch For
Unlike the commission, Democrats will likely be able to control subpoenas and witnesses, as well as the scope and timing of the select committee – all concessions they made to Republicans in order to pass the commission.