Yesterday, the U.S. Senate failed to reach the 60 vote total required for the establishment of a 9/11 style commission to investigate the events of January 6th. The motion failed by a vote of 54-35 with eleven senators not voting. It had previously passed in the house by a vote of 252-175.
Six Republican senators voted for the motion. The six detractors were:
A handful of other GOP senators were among those not voting. This included Pat Toomey, Marsha Blackburn and Richard Burr. Arizona Democratic Senator Kyrsten Sinema was also among the absent, while West Virginia’s Joe Manchin voted yes.
“We can’t just pretend that nothing bad happened, or that people got too excitable. Something bad happened. And it’s important to lay that out,” Murkowski said of a possible commission.
To date, there has yet to be a homicide attributed to the January 6th protesters. Mainstream media outlets ran with sensational and politically based reporting regarding the death of Capitol Police Officer Brian Sicknick. It was widely reported that Sicknick was “beaten to death with a fire extinguisher”, only to have his death ruled to be a result of natural causes. Many who pushed this false claim continue to do so, even after the autopsy results.
The only death directly attributed to the events of January 6th is that of Ashli Babbitt, an unarmed Air Force veteran who was shot in the throat by a Capitol Police Officer.
Proponents of the commission routinely refer to the Capitol riot as an “insurrection” despite no evidence of widespread coordination, no firearms recovered from the protesters and no credible threats on the lives of lawmakers.