U.S. Sens. Ted Cruz, John Cornyn Vote Against Commission To Investigate January Insurrection

WASHINGTON — U.S. Sens. John Cornyn and Ted Cruz joined with their Republican colleagues Friday to dam a fee tasked with investigating the Jan. 6 revolt on the U.S. Capitol in a 54-35 vote.

While the invoice establishing the fee handed the Democratic-controlled U.S. House final week, Senate Republicans successfully killed the proposal by the use of the filibuster. In the Senate, 60 members are wanted to maneuver a invoice to an up-or-down vote, breaking the filibuster, and Republicans efficiently stopped that from taking place.

“The 1/6 attack on the Capitol was horrific & appalling,” he tweeted earlier this year. “Those who planned & participated in the violence that day should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. I agree w/Speaker [Nancy] Pelosi – a 911-type investigation is called for to help prevent this from happening again.”

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell — an in depth ally of Cornyn’s — reportedly pushed Republican members arduous towards transferring the invoice ahead.

Cruz released a statement after the fee was defeated, saying that he opposed it as a result of it was “politically motivated.”

“The January 6 terrorist attack on the Capitol was a dark moment in our nation’s history, and I fully support the ongoing law enforcement investigations into anyone involved. Everyone who attacked the Capitol must be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law and brought to justice,” Cruz stated. “I also support the Senate committees of jurisdiction who are exercising their proper oversight roles to provide an in-depth and complete account of the attack. With multiple investigations already underway, I do not support the politically motivated January 6 Commission led by Sen. [Chuck] Schumer and Speaker Pelosi.”

The invoice was modeled on the 9/11 Commission, which led to sweeping authorities reforms in an effort to stop terrorist assaults.

The fee was to be equally divided with 5 Republicans and 5 Democrats. To qualify, every commissioner couldn’t be at present serving in authorities and was to have a background in two of the next areas: authorities service, legislation enforcement, civil rights and civil liberties, the armed forces, intelligence, counterterrorism, cybersecurity, know-how or the legislation.

While there are concurrent felony investigations, the purpose of a fee was to judge the federal government’s failures that led to the occasion and look at how one can higher reply sooner or later.

Initially, House Democrats pushed for the membership of the fee to have extra Democrats than Republicans.

But House Republican members have been deeply concerned in negotiating the bill with the blessing of get together leaders, and Democrats made a variety of concessions, resulting in the proposal with an excellent bipartisan cut up.

Last week, although, House leaders turned towards the invoice. The House model of the invoice handed with some bipartisan help. While most House Republicans voted towards the proposal, 35 Republicans crossed get together traces to again the invoice, including two Texans, U.S. Reps. Tony Gonzales of San Antonio and Van Taylor of Plano.

Only six Senate Republicans broke ranks with former President Donald Trump and the vast majority of Republicans on opposing the creation of a fee. Moderate Democratic U.S. Senator Joe Manchin, D-West Virginia, additionally indicated his help for the fee main as much as the vote.

“Republicans in both chambers are trying to rewrite history and claim that Jan. 6 was a peaceful protest that got a little out of hand. And now this,” Schumer, the Senate Majority Leader, stated on the Senate flooring after Republicans blocked the fee. “We all know what’s going on here. … Republicans chose to defend the big lie because they believe anything that upsets Donald Trump might hurt them politically.”

Bryan Mena contributed to this report.

Correction, May 28, 2021: Due to an modifying error, a earlier model of this story cited the unsuitable date for the U.S. Senate’s vote on the fee to research the Capitol revolt. The vote occurred Friday, not Thursday.

This article initially appeared in The Texas Tribune at https://www.texastribune.org/2021/05/27/ted-cruz-john-cornyn-senate-insurrection-commission/.

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