House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced Tuesday that she will create a House Select Committee to investigate the attack on the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, said Guardian congressional reporter Hugo Long.
Breaking: House Speaker Nancy Pelosi tells Dem steering and policy committee that she will create a House select co… https://t.co/RaZ374L1Nm— Hugo Lowell (@Hugo Lowell) 1624401616.0
Republicans were able to block a bipartisan commission like the 9/11 commission in a Senate vote where many Republicans were willing to support the bill but many Democrats were out of town.
It's unknown how Pelosi will form the commission, though there are dozens of former Republican officials who could join the commission to ensure a bipartisan panel. The problem, however, is that many of those former Republican officials aren't likely supporters of former President Donald Trump.
Still, if Pelosi can manage to impanel a bipartisan commission it could give the panel more legitimacy once the findings are released.
Nicolle Wallace predicts 'political peril for Democrats if they fail to deliver due to GOP obstruction
The Republican Senate might be behind the efforts to shut down the U.S. Senate but MSNBC host Nicolle Wallace predicts that Democrats will suffer the consequences.
It's unclear if that was Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell's (R-KY) goal when he announced that he would block everything the Democrats attempt.
"One-hundred percent of my focus is on standing up to this administration," McConnell told reporters last month. "What we have in the United States Senate is totally (sic) unity from Susan Collins to Ted Cruz in opposition to what the new Biden administration is trying to do to this country."
"So, all I have is history in my own reporting on this. And history shows Mitch McConnell obliterated the filibuster to push through judges his power rose in his caucus and his political power rose in his state," said Wallace. "The idea that there is political peril of leaving [the filibuster] in place. There is political peril of Democrats going out to voters in two years and saying, 'Guns? I know, we have 80 percent of the public crying for something of the epidemic of mass shootings. But we can't get through the filibuster. Infrastructure we have to go small because Joe Manchin wanted it to be bipartisan. Voting rights, yeah, I am sorry the dropbox that you left your ballots in the middle of the pandemic fini' I think they are choosing between bad and worse. Today the worse is levering the filibuster in place."
Melber noted that it's striking for her to lay out the argument like that because it often only goes in one direction of "what if we do this and what if they do this."
"If it does not work, you are saying what if you don't do it, what's the cost to that," he explained. "Everyone says 2020 was this historic and important election. You go back and say we could not get more things done. We just could not. I will give you the final thought and we'll bring in our next experts as we watch the voting."
Republicans successfully blocked any debate on the voting rights legislation.
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Republicans were able to successfully block the debate over voting rights legislation on Tuesday. The vote wasn't for the voting rights legislation, it was only to allow a debate over the legislation.
The vote was a major one for Sens. Joe Manchin (D-VA) and Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ), both of whom have refused to support any evolution in the filibuster law, such as requiring that all filibusters be talking filibusters and not threats to have a filibuster. Currently, the Senate has been brought to a stand-still by Republicans threatening to filibuster legislation, which blocks even debate over the legislation.
Manchin, who has complained that he wouldn't support legislation unless it's bipartisan, confessed that it is Republicans who were holding up the debate, even after Democrats worked with them on the legislation.
"Unfortunately, my Republican colleagues refused to allow debate of this legislation despite the reasonable changes made to focus the bill on the core issues facing our democracy," he said.
"The 50 Democratic senators who support the For the People Act (or least Manchin's compromise) represent 43 million more Americans than the 50 Republican senators who oppose it," said Ari Berman.
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