(Washington, D.C.) – Today, U.S. Representative Emanuel Cleaver, II (D-MO) voted for H. Res. 503, a resolution establishing the Select Committee to Investigate the January 6th Attack on the United States Capitol. The House Select Committee comes following Senate Republicans’ successful effort to obstruct a bipartisan commission, modeled after the 9/11 commission and passed by the House of Representatives with bipartisan support, to investigate the insurrection that occurred on January 6th.
“January 6, 2021, was one of the darkest days in American history. It is absolutely imperative that Congress conduct a proper investigation into the root causes of the insurrection, the lapses in security, and what we need to do moving forward to ensure another travesty of that nature never occurs again,” said Congressman Cleaver. “When the House of Representatives passed an overwhelmingly bipartisan bill—negotiated in good faith by the Chair and Ranking Member of the House Homeland Security Committee—to establish a bipartisan 9/11-style commission, I was hopeful we could cut through tribalistic politics to provide answers to the American people. Despite attempts from select Senate Republicans to obstruct this desperately needed investigation, I’m proud of the House of Representatives for refusing to simply move on. The American public deserves to know the truth about that tragic day—and with this Select Committee, we’re going to give it to them.”
The Select Committee will be comprised of 13 Members of Congress, five of whom shall be appointed after consultation with Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy. The Committee will be charged with investigating and reporting the facts, circumstances, and causes relating to the January 6th domestic terror attack on the U.S. Capitol Complex, including the organization and execution of the attack, law enforcement and military preparation for and response to the attack, and other factors.
Upon concluding the investigation, the Select Committee will issue a final report to Congress with findings, results, and legislative recommendations.
The vote in the House:
FINAL VOTE RESULTS FOR ROLL CALL 197 H RES 503 YEA-AND-NAY 30-Jun-2021 3:45 PM
QUESTION: On Agreeing to the Resolution
BILL TITLE: Establishing the Select Committee to Investigate the January 6th Attack on the United States Capitol
—- YEAS 222 —
—- NAYS 190 —
“…Whereas January 6, 2021, was one of the darkest days of our democracy, during which insurrectionists attempted to impede Congress’s Constitutional mandate to validate the presidential election and launched an assault on the United States Capitol Complex that resulted in multiple deaths, physical harm to over 140 members of law enforcement, and terror and trauma among staff, institutional employees, press, and Members…”
“…as well as the influencing factors that fomented such an attack on American representative democracy…” They know who they are.
The republican minority in Congress could have had a bipartisan committee investigating the January 6, 2021 insurrection at the Capitol. They stonewalled it. Instead, they get a select committee [pdf] via Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D).
The makeup of the committee:
SECTION 1. ESTABLISHMENT.
There is hereby established the Select Committee to Investigate the January 6th Attack on the United States Capitol (hereinafter referred to as the “Select Committee”).
SEC. 2. COMPOSITION.
(a) APPOINTMENT OF MEMBERS.—The Speaker shall appoint 13 Members to the Select Committee, 5 of whom shall be appointed after consultation with the minority leader.
(b) DESIGNATION OF CHAIR.—The Speaker shall designate one Member to serve as chair of the Select Committee.
(c) VACANCIES.—Any vacancy in the Select Committee shall be filled in the same manner as the original appointment.
What they’re supposed to do:
SEC. 3. PURPOSES.
Consistent with the functions described in section 4, the purposes of the Select Committee are the following:
(1) To investigate and report upon the facts, circumstances, and causes relating to the January 6, 2021, domestic terrorist attack upon the United States Capitol Complex (hereafter referred to as the “domestic terrorist attack on the Capitol’”) and relating to the interference with the peaceful transfer of power, including facts and causes relating to the preparedness and response of the United States Capitol Police and other Federal, State, and local law enforcement agencies in the National Capital Region and other instrumentalities of government, as well as the influencing factors that fomented such an attack on American representative democracy while engaged in a constitutional process.
(2) To examine and evaluate evidence developed by relevant Federal, State, and local governmental agencies regarding the facts and circumstances surrounding the domestic terrorist attack on the Capitol and targeted violence and domestic terrorism relevant to such terrorist attack.
(3) To build upon the investigations of other entities and avoid unnecessary duplication of efforts by reviewing the investigations, findings, conclusions, and recommendations of other executive branch, congressional, or independent bipartisan or nonpartisan commission investigations into the domestic terrorist attack on the Capitol, including investigations into influencing factors related to such attack.
On getting information:
(4) The chair of the Select Committee may authorize and issue subpoenas pursuant to clause 2(m) of rule XI in the investigation and study conducted pursuant to sections 3 and 4 of this resolution, including for the purpose of taking depositions.
(5) The chair of the Select Committee is authorized to compel by subpoena the furnishing of information by interrogatory.
(6)(A) The chair of the Select Committee, upon consultation with the ranking minority member, may order the taking of depositions, including pursuant to subpoena, by a Member or counsel of the Select Committee, in the same manner as a standing committee pursuant to section 3(b)(1) of House Resolution 8, One Hundred Seventeenth Congress.
(B) Depositions taken under the authority prescribed in this paragraph shall be governed by the procedures submitted by the chair of the Committee on Rules for printing in the Congressional Record on January 4, 2021.
(7) Subpoenas authorized pursuant to this resolution may be signed by the chair of the Select Committee or a designee.
History will not be kind to the insurrectionists and their enablers.
Washington, D.C. – Speaker Nancy Pelosi released this statement after she introduced H.Res. 503, which establishes the Select Committee to Investigate the January 6th Attack on the United States Capitol:
“Sadly, as of last week, there remains no prospect for additional votes from Republican Senators to create the National Commission to Investigate the January 6th Attack on the United States Capitol Complex.
“Over the weekend, proposed legislation to establish a Select Committee to investigate the January 6th insurrection was drafted, and it has now been introduced and sent to the Rules Committee.
“January 6th was one of the darkest days in our nation’s history. It is imperative that we establish the truth of that day and ensure such an attack cannot again happen. The Select Committee will investigate and report upon the facts and causes of the attack and report recommendations for preventing any future assault.
“Senate Republicans did Mitch McConnell a ‘personal favor’ rather than their patriotic duty and voted against the bipartisan commission negotiated by Democrats and Republicans. But Democrats are determined to find the truth.”
Roll Call Vote 117th Congress – 1st Session
Question: On the Cloture Motion (Motion to Invoke Cloture Re: Motion to Proceed to H.R. 3233)
Vote Number: 218
Vote Date: May 28, 2021, 11:24 AM
Required For Majority: 3/5
Vote Result: Cloture Motion Rejected
Measure Number: H.R. 3233 (National Commission to Investigate the January 6 Attack on the United States Capitol Complex Act )
Measure Title: A bill to establish the National Commission to Investigate the January 6 Attack on the United States Capitol Complex, and for other purposes.
Not Voting 11
Cory Booker @CoryBooker
Senate Republicans blocked a bipartisan commission to investigate the insurrection. Continuing to ignore facts and avoid pursuing the truth will do nothing to stop this from happening again.
[….] 12:18 PM · May 28, 2021
Senator Bernie Sanders (I) [2016 file photo].
Bernie Sanders @SenSanders
It’s a painful day for American democracy that Republicans blocked the creation of a commission to investigate the Jan. 6th insurrection. I applaud the six Republicans who voted for the commission, but I am saddened that so many are too intimidated by Trump to do the right thing. 12:14 PM · May 28, 2021
Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D) [2019 file photo].
Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand @gillibrandny
Filibustering a bipartisan commission to investigate the deadly violence of January 6th is absolutely shameful. Every single one of us who works in the Capitol — from the Senators to the support staff to the Capitol Police officers — deserved better. We need accountability.
[….] 1:00 PM · May 28, 2021
Roll Call Vote 117th Congress – 1st Session
Question: On Passage of the Bill (S. 937, As Amended)
Vote Number: 165
Vote Date: April 22, 2021, 01:45 PM
Required For Majority: 3/5Vote Result: Bill Passed
Measure Number: S. 937 (COVID-19 Hate Crimes Act)
Measure Title: A bill to facilitate the expedited review of COVID-19 hate crimes, and for other purposes.
YEAs 94 NAYs 1
Not Voting 5
NAYs —1 Hawley (R-MO)
Yes, it is.
Josh Hawley (r) [2016 file photo].
Josh Hawley @HawleyMO
On Monday, I will introduce a resolution in the Senate to condemn the poisonous rhetoric by the Left and the media about Israel that has helped inspire violence against Jewish people across the world 2:50 PM · May 21, 2021
A few of the responses to Josh Hawley (r):
The same guy who voted no for the bill ‘Hate crimes against Asians Americans’ has a idea. So very predictable Senator.
The “only” guy who voted against the bill.
What are you going to do about Jan 6? Is this you?
Does that mean you want to cancel them? Are you “Pro Cancel-Culture” now?
How does it feel to be polling at 0% for ’24?
Was it worth it?
Poisonous rhetoric? Well isn’t that the pot calling the kettle black, Josh.
Finally found a group of people you like huh? Since you obviously don’t care about black lives, police lives, and Asian Americans to start.
Narrator: He doesn’t like them either.
Weren’t you the only No vote against a hate crime bill to stop violence against Asians?
So meaningless platitudes?? That’s on brand for you…
But you won’t condemn Jan 6th? Got it.
Doubt it will amount to much considering your mates thinks Jan 6th was just an average tourist day at the Capitol
on Monday, Sen. Karen will continue to wage war against the First Amendment
…and immediately following this the adults in the room will collectively roll their eyes and resume working.
That’s not enough. They need a majority.
MAGA is a race to the bottom and Josh is in the lead.
Just stopped to read what ludicrous claims you were spouting today. Are you job hunting yet?
I hate to break it to you, Josh, but piddly shit like introducing a ridiculously demagogic resolution that stands zero chance of getting to the floor, much less passing, sure ain’t gonna raise you above 0% in that poll about the 2024 GOP nomination that came out the other day.
How about condemning the poisonous rhetoric that led to the Jan 6th storming of the capitol, dead police officers, & a direct threat to our democracy? Oh right, you were spewing that rhetoric & won’t own up to it. #Resign
Hee Haw Hawley is right about 1 thing….
He is an expert on poisonous rhetoric..
I shall not sleep till then. Kidding. I sleep like a baby since Orange Capone is gone. Your flailing for significance amuses me.
Translation: I’m trying real hard to be relevant.
If you only worried about Missourians as much! What have you done for me lately other than be an embarrassment to the people in my state?
Joshy will never be President.
You mean: Jews will not replace us? Or, Jews make laser beams that start fires?
you are like a high school play
all melodrama but totally unbelievable
Poor Josh, reallly wants to be POTUS. Can’t get above 0%.
I just came here to laugh at you.
How about condemning dangerous rhetoric about the election
“Poisonous rhetoric” is your specialist subject, right?
The same people you raised your fist in solidarity with are one in the same with the people that yelled “Jews will not replace us” at Charlottesville
Oh that’s rich. And the Asian community? When do they matter? So sad.
Washington, D.C. — Speaker Nancy Pelosi issued this statement on Minority Leader McCarthy’s new opposition to the agreement on the bipartisan January 6th Commission reached by his own Ranking Member of the Homeland Security Committee:
“On Wednesday, the House will vote on the National Commission to Investigate the January 6 Attack on the United States Capitol Complex Act. This commission is modeled after the 9/11 Commission to seek the truth of what happened on January 6th. I commend Chairman Bennie Thompson and Ranking Member John Katko for their steadfast leadership in securing a bipartisan agreement. It is important to note that the legislation to create the 9/11 Commission took more than 14 months to enact.
“Democrats made repeated efforts to seek a bipartisan compromise. But Leader McCarthy won’t take yes for an answer. In his February 22 letter, he made three requests to be addressed in Democrats’ discussion draft. Every single one was granted by Democrats, yet he still says no.
“The American people expect and deserve the truth about what happened on January 6th in a manner that strengthens our Democracy and ensures that January 6th never happens again.”
Kevin McCarthy (r) agree? We could have saved you the time.
Josh Hawley @HawleyMO
Honored to meet with the @Missouri_NG 220th Engineer Construction Company who’ve been proudly supporting Capitol Police — special thanks to Specialist Ben Laws and Sergeant Trey Lawrence for their outstanding service during the unit’s deployment. You make Missouri proud
[….] 5:28 PM · Apr 14, 2021
He can’t be that arrogantly clueless.
A reminder of why they are there – from some of the responses on Twitter addressed to Josh Hawley (r) documented at Long term memory loss (March 30, 2021):
And a sample of some of the responses to Josh Hawley’s (r) April 14, 2021 Twitter post:
No fist in the air for our troops?
Only the insurrectionists get the fist pump?
Was there any tension, you being the legislator most responsible for their forced deployment?
I don’t know how they could stand being next to you. You’re the disgraceful reason they have to be there.
We’ll never let you forget your involvement in the insurrection.
Same suit and tie
Same suit and everything eh?
Just when I think you can be any more of a tool you prove me wrong.
Maybe if you hadn’t spread the big lie and helped incite an insurrection these service members could be home with their families. I wish you had values, or cared about democracy.
Thank you @Missouri_NG for protecting us against the depredations of seditionists like @HawleyMO
Sorry you are being used as a prop for his PR photo op. You deserve better.
Did you tell them about your plan to remove the fence and make them more vulnerable?
Did you apologize to them for helping to rile up a bunch of lunatics to attack the Capitol? I’m sure they’d rather be at home with their families, but you screwed that up for them.
You still supported a coup against our country
Hey man, why are they there?
Glad they’re helping guard the Capitol from your supporters…
So, the only time you speak to Missourians is if they’re in DC? When was the last time you were in…MISSOURI?
Is that the same suit and tie you wore on January 6th?
Gosh, I wonder why they have to be there
Same suit dude!
Now explain why they’re there, Senator Fistpump.
Did you forget?
Never forget. We will not, seditionist.
Hmm… I wonder why they are there
Josh Hawley joined in the inciting the insurrectionist attack on the US Capitol. Now he pretends there aren’t consequences?
You thought we forgot?
You and your good ol’ boys propping up the big lie are the reason they need to be there in the first place, you should be too ashamed to stand in the same room as them.
Mr. Hawley trying to have it both ways-encouraged an insurrection that killed and injured capital police and here acting like he stands with the nat’l guard that had be called in to protect the capital from those Hawley cheered on. Not fooling anyone Hawley.
Oh, the hypocrisy!
Commemorating the outfit?
Also known as “returning to the scene of the crime”
Ummmm you praised insurrectionists attacking our Capitol and you tried to overthrow an election that you know was legitimate. So I’m confused…
If only they had a senator who did the same. What, no raised fist?
You’re the reason they have to be there Senator, at least have some shame about that.
Did not recognize you without your arm up and fist clenched.
They look real uncomfortable standing next the reason they are deployed
Did you tell them about the sedition and insurrection thingy.
Roll Call Vote 117th Congress – 1st Session
Question: Guilty or Not Guilty (Article of Impeachment Against Former President Donald John Trump)
Vote Number: 59
Vote Date: February 13, 2021, 03:39 PM
Required For Majority: 2/3 Vote
Result: Not Guilty
Measure Number: H.Res. 24 (A resolution impeaching Donald John Trump, President of the United States, for high crimes and misdemeanors.)
Measure Title: A resolution impeaching Donald John Trump, President of the United States, for high crimes and misdemeanors.
WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (Mo.) released the following statement today after voting against the conviction of former President Donald Trump:
“I said before this trial started that I believe the constitutional purpose for presidential impeachment is to remove a president from office, not to punish a person after they have left office. None of the arguments presented changed my view that this was an unconstitutional proceeding. Impeachment is not a tool that should be used to settle political scores against a private citizen.”