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Politics This week: House to vote on Jan. 6 Capitol attack commission

13:25  17 may  2021
13:25  17 may  2021 Source:   thehill.com

Capitol Police watchdog back in spotlight amid security concerns

  Capitol Police watchdog back in spotlight amid security concerns The Capitol Police’s failure to prepare for the Jan. 6 insurrection will be back in the spotlight this week when its inspector general testifies before lawmakers about his latest findings, all while the House aims to consider a supplemental funding bill for Capitol security this month. © Greg Nash U.S. Capitol Police Capitol Police inspector general Michael Bolton is set to testify before the House Administration Committee on Monday afternoon about the police force's threat assessment and counter-surveillance operations before and after the Jan. 6 attack.

House members announce bipartisan deal for Jan . 6 commission . Supporters of former president Donald Trump climb the west wall of the U.S. Capitol on Jan . “There has been a growing consensus that the January 6 th attack is of a complexity and national significance that what we Just this week , House Republicans ousted Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) from the No. 3 spot in their leadership over her

At a House hearing this week investigating the siege, one member denied there was an insurrection at all while another said a woman who was shot and killed by police while trying to break into the House chamber was “executed.” Many other Republicans have tried to change the subject, saying Democrats should focus on the Like the 9/11 Commission that investigated the terrorist attacks on the U.S., the Jan . 6 commission would be granted authority to issue subpoenas to obtain information, requiring the bipartisan agreement of both the chair and vice chair of the commission , or through a majority vote .

The House is poised to take a step toward setting up a commission to probe the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol as tensions run high more than four months later.

Nancy Pelosi wearing a costume: Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) © Greg Nash Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.)

House Democratic leadership has scheduled votes on two bills stemming from the Capitol attack, when a pro-Trump mob breached the building as lawmakers and then-Vice President Pence were counting the 2020 Electoral College vote.

The votes come as a series of confrontations on Capitol Hill have rattled lawmakers and a growing number of GOP lawmakers have begun to downplay, or rewrite, the attack.

The top Democrat and Republican on the House Homeland Security Committee reached an agreement late last week on legislation to establish a bipartisan 9/11-style commission to investigate the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol.

'Fake unity': Liz Cheney allies call out House GOP for rushed voice vote to oust her from leadership

  'Fake unity': Liz Cheney allies call out House GOP for rushed voice vote to oust her from leadership The Wyoming Republican survived a Feb. 3 challenge to her leadership where secret ballots were used and members could speak for and against her.House GOP Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., and Cheney spoke to the members before they were asked to verbally state their preference for keeping Cheney as chair of the House GOP Caucus or letting her go, according to those attending the closed-door meeting. Rep. Virginia Foxx, R-N.C., formally introduced the resolution to unseat Cheney,and in a matter of minutes she was removed from her post.

House Democrats plan to vote on a bill to create an independent commission to investigate the Capitol riot, but whether Republican leaders would support it was unclear. A mob of Trump supporters climb the walls of the U.S. Capitol on Jan . The uncertainty raised the prospect of a showdown in the House next week over the investigation and the Republican Party’s reluctance to reckon with the deadly attack on Congress by a pro-Trump mob. The proposal agreed to by the top Democrat and Republican on the Homeland Security Committee would provide Congress with a nonpartisan

House Democrats plan votes next week on a bipartisan commission to investigate the Jan . 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol and a .9 billion security package to deal with its aftermath. “It is imperative that we seek the truth of what happened on January 6 with an independent, bipartisan 9/11-type Commission to examine and report upon the facts, causes and security relating to the terrorist mob attack ,” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said in a statement. Katko is one of the Republicans who voted to impeach Trump on the charge of inciting the insurrection that day.

The deal came after months of stalemate. The commission, under the agreement, would include an equal number of Democrats and Republicans. But it would be focused on the Jan. 6 riot, not other episodes of political violence as GOP leaders have demanded.

Immediately after lawmakers announced they had reached a deal, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) said he hadn't yet seen it-raising questions about how much support it will get from Republicans.

Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) said McCarthy should "absolutely" testify before the commission that was made to look into the Jan. 6 Capitol riot.

"He absolutely should and I wouldn't be surprised if he were subpoenaed," Cheney told ABC News's "This Week."

"I think he very clearly and said publicly that he's got information about the president's state of mind that day," Cheney added.

What insurrection? Growing number in GOP downplay Jan. 6

  What insurrection? Growing number in GOP downplay Jan. 6 WASHINGTON (AP) — What insurrection? Flouting all evidence and their own first-hand experience, a small but growing number of Republican lawmakers are propagating a false portrayal of the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol, brazenly arguing that the rioters who used flagpoles as weapons, brutally beat police officers and chanted that they wanted to hang Vice President Mike Pence were somehow acting peacefully in their violent bid to overturn Joe Biden's election. © Provided by Associated Press FILE - In this Jan. 6, 2021, file photo, U.S. Capitol Police hold rioters at gun-point near the House Chamber inside the U.S. Capitol in Washington.

WASHINGTON — The House is expected to vote next week on two bills aimed at preventing more attacks on the U.S. Capitol , with one seeking to establish a 9/11-style commission to study what went wrong on Jan . 6 and the other allocating .9 billion to address the security problems revealed by Efforts to stand up the commission had previously stalled amid partisan differences, with Republicans — including Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell — arguing that its scope should be widened to look at violence in cities around the country in the past year in reaction to the killing of George Floyd

Key House members announced a deal Friday to form an independent commission to probe the Jan . 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol , as lawmakers try to understand the failings that allowed a pro-Trump mob to overrun the building. The panel will investigate the circumstances of the attack as well as the factors that The majority Democrats will appoint five, including the chair, and Republicans will choose five, including the vice chair. The group will have subpoena power and issue a report when it finishes the probe. The House is expected to vote on a bill setting up the commission as soon as next week .

The legislation calls for an investigation into the riot and "the interference with the peaceful transfer of power, including facts and causes relating to the preparedness and response of the United States Capitol Police... as well as the influencing factors that fomented such attack on American representative democracy."

In addition to the bill to set up the commission, Democrats will hold a vote on a $1.9 billion funding bill meant to address weaknesses in the Capitol complex made clear during the Jan. 6 attack, when rioters were able to overwhelm the Capitol Police force, break into doors and three windows and disrupt the counting of the Electoral College vote for hours.

"This emergency supplemental appropriation addresses the direct costs of the insurrection and strengthens Capitol security for the future. It is also long overdue recognition of the work of the Capitol Police, the sacrifices that they and their families have made, and the changes they need," House Appropriations Committee Chairwoman Rosa DeLauro (D-Conn.) said in a statement.

Sen. Johnson questions Dems' focus on Jan. 6 Capitol riot amid debate over independent commission

  Sen. Johnson questions Dems' focus on Jan. 6 Capitol riot amid debate over independent commission At a Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee hearing Tuesday, Republican Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wis., accused his Democratic colleagues of devoting too much attention to dangers posed by domestic terrorism and the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol. “I’m afraid we’re focusing on domestic terrorism that might kill a couple hundred people a year, versus something that could really represent an existential threat,” he said. “Thousands of drug-related murders every year, tens of thousands of drug-related overdoses and now we’re supposed to concentrate on domestic terrorism as the greatest threat? It’s not.

House Democrats are finally moving forward on creating a commission investigating the Jan . 6 insurrection, unveiling bipartisan legislation Friday ahead of a potential floor vote next week . The agreement announced Friday by House Homeland Security Committee Chair Bennie Thompson and ranking member John Gridlock over the bill's provisions and partisan sniping had stalled progress on the commission for months after the attack . In changes sought by Republicans, the proposed 10-person commission includes an even split between members chosen by Republicans and Democrats.

Upton and Cheney were both among the 10 House Republicans who broke from McCarthy in January to vote to impeach former President Donald Trump in the wake of the Capitol insurrection on January 6 , which left five people dead. Since the attack , House members, who were forced to evacuate the In addition to all of the footage that has already emerged from the riot — much of which is graphic and disturbing — CNN just this week obtained new bodycam video showing a DC Metropolitan Police officer, Michael Fanone, being attacked by the mob. According to CNN, Fanone was “stun-gunned

The bill faces an uncertain path in the Senate.

Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) released a non-committal statement about the House bill on Friday.

"I am committed to moving a bill in the Senate to address these important needs; it must be done. But in doing so we must make sure we are making smart investments in our security based on lessons learned," Leahy said.

"I look forward to reviewing the details of the House bill and working with members on both sides of the aisle to move forward on this matter in the Senate," he added.

Amid the floor action, the House Administration Committee will hold a hearing on Wednesday with members of the Capitol Police Board and law enforcement experts on reforming the board.

"While our investigation is ongoing, it is clear the Committee must explore possible reforms to the United States Capitol Police. What changes would improve processes and accountability for the Capitol Police Board?" Committee Chairwoman Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.) said in a statement.

China

The Senate will take up legislation aimed at combating China's competitiveness-an area that garners bipartisan support.

House to vote on January 6 commission amid growing GOP opposition

  House to vote on January 6 commission amid growing GOP opposition The House will vote on legislation to create a bipartisan commission to investigate the attack on January 6.Democratic Congressman Bennie Thompson and Republican Congressman John Katko, respectively the chair and ranking member of the House Homeland Security Committee, reached a deal late last week on legislation to create a bipartisan panel to investigate the assault by a violent mob of Trump supporters. The bill made two significant concessions to Republicans, as the panel would be evenly divided between members appointed by Democrats and Republicans and give the GOP-appointed commissioners veto power over any subpoena.

Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) has teed up The Endless Frontiers Act, which cleared the Commerce Committee last week and would invest billions in science and emerging technologies in an effort to compete with China.

"It is my intention for the Senate to take up the Endless Frontier Act... in a package with legislation to: strengthen our alliances and partnerships, invest in the American semiconductor industry, ensure that China pays a price for its predatory actions, and boost advanced manufacturing, innovation, and critical supply chains," Schumer said from the Senate floor late last week.

The Senate will take an initial procedural vote on Monday night. Schumer is hoping to wrap up the work on the bill before the Senate leaves next week for the Memorial Day recess.

Sen. Todd Young (R-Ind.), who spearheaded the bill with Schumer, said that he was "disappointed" that the changes in the committee directed funding away from the founding of the National Science Foundation's Technology and Innovation Directorate.

"I will continue working with my colleagues to ensure the final product lives up to its billing - a bold investment in research, education, technology transfer, and the core strengths of the U.S. innovation ecosystem," he added.

Atlanta shootings

The House will vote on a resolution condemning a series of shootings around Atlanta in mid-March that killed eight people, including six women of Asian descent.

The non-binding resolution also "reaffirms the commitment of the United States Federal Government to combat hate, bigotry, and violence against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders and to prevent tragedies like this from ever happening again."

The House vote comes after the Senate passed anti-Asian hate crimes bill last month. Among other provisions it requires that the Justice Department assign an individual to be responsible for reviewing and expediting coronavirus-related hate crimes amid a sharp uptick in attacks against Asian Americans during the pandemic.

House backs commission on Jan. 6 riot over GOP objections .
WASHINGTON (AP) — The House voted to create an independent commission on the deadly Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol, sending the legislation to an uncertain future in the Senate as Republican leaders work to stop a bipartisan investigation that is opposed by former President Donald Trump. Democrats say an independent investigation is crucial to reckoning what happened that day, when a violent mob of Trump's supporters smashed into theDemocrats say an independent investigation is crucial to reckoning what happened that day, when a violent mob of Trump's supporters smashed into the Capitol to try and overturn President Joe Biden's victory. Modeled after the investigation into the Sept.

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