Durbin Statement On Republican Filibuster Of Bipartisan January 6 Commission

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL), Chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee, today released the following statement after Senate Republicans voted against the motion to proceed to the bill to create the bipartisan January 6 Commission:

“An insurrection without consequences—without even a proper investigation—is a dress rehearsal for another insurrection.  When the Capitol police—who protect us with their lives—ask for this commission, we are ingrates to refuse.

“There should have been 100 votes for thoroughly investigating this disgusting attack on our democracy.  Yet all but six Republican Senators voted against moving to even consider the creation of a bipartisan January 6 commission.  Why?  My Republican colleagues still fear the truth and the wrath of Donald Trump.

“Two Republican Congressmen called the riotous mob that stormed the U.S. Capitol on January 6—an attack which left five dead and at least 139 law enforcement injured—a group of ‘orderly tourists’ and ‘peaceful patriots.’  Such dangerous statements are the definition of foolishness.”