Republicans in U.S. Senate block probe of Capitol riot

Jan. 6 commission fails in Senate

The final vote was 54-35, falling six votes short of the 60 required to bypass the filibuster.

Collins said Democrats would now likely move forward with their own select committee to investigate the attack and that the results of that investigation would lack credibility with Republicans, although it would still likely garner widespread national attention, "because it will be the only investigation going on and the press will treat it as if it is an independent outside commission, which it will not be".

The opposition comes even as relatives of Officer Brian Sicknick - a Capitol Police officer who fought with protesters and died of a stroke days after the incident - pleaded with Republicans to back the creation of the commission.

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer pledged to "put the January 6 commission legislation on the floor of the Senate for a vote", regardless of GOP opposition to the commission.

Lawmakers had hoped to create a bipartisan commission to investigate the deadly riots, which took place when supporters of then-President Donald Trump stormed the Capitol in the hopes of delaying the Electoral College certification of the 2020 election.

"We all know downplaying the seriousness of the insurrection we witnessed ourselves is just plain denial", Murray said.

The desire for a hard line in dealings with China is one of the few truly bipartisan sentiments in the deeply divided U.S. Congress, which is narrowly controlled by President Joe Biden's fellow Democrats.

Murray's vote would not have altered the outcome Friday, as Senate Republicans blocked the January 6 probe with a filibuster.

Republicans did not defend these positions on the Senate floor before or after the vote.

Sen. Maria Cantwell voted for the commission, lining up with Democrats and six Republicans.

Collins took the most active stance in her party in pushing against McConnell in support of the bill, securing Schumer's support for an amendment requiring the commission staff be appointed by Democrats and Republicans. And a number of Democrats said on Friday that they believe Pelosi will indeed create the new committee - and that the caucus would strongly support such an effort. Mitt Romney, Susan Collins, Lisa Murkowski, Bill Cassidy, Ben Sasse and Rob Portman - voted to advance the measure.

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