May 28, 2021

Whitehouse Statement on January 6th Commission Vote

Washington, DC – Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), a senior member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, released the following statement on Republicans’ refusal today to allow consideration of legislation to establish a national commission to investigate the January 6th attack on the U.S. Capitol Complex.

“I am deeply disappointed Mitch McConnell and so many other Republicans voted to block this bipartisan measure. The American people deserve a full accounting of the events of January 6, from the attack on our brave Capitol Police officers to the forces that organized and encouraged the violence. I had hoped my Republican colleagues would let us pursue the truth, and not allow a bullying former president and his toxic lie about a stolen election to stand in the way of a thorough investigation.”

The measure passed the House with bipartisan support, but Senate Republicans did not allow for the 60 votes necessary to take up the measure in the Senate.

Press Contact

Meaghan McCabe, (202) 224-2921