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House GOP Caves to January 6 Commission

In a 252-175 vote on Wednesday, the House passed the bill to create a bipartisan commission to investigate the January 6 Capitol Building Riot. 35 Republicans broke away from party lines.

One Republican, in particular, fought for the bill, Congressman John Katko. He assured his colleagues the commission would be divided evenly by those on both sides of the aisle and would have veto power over any subpoenas.

Katko said it was time “to set aside politics just this once” as a part of his speech for the 9/11 styled commission.

“This is about facts. It’s not partisan politics. We would have never gotten to this point if it was about partisan politics,” he said.

The Republicans who voted yes:

  • (WY) Liz Cheney

  • (SC) Tom Rice

  • (WA) Dan Newhouse

  • (OH) Anthony Gonzalez

  • (IL) Adam Kinzinger

  • (MI) Fred Upton

  • (WA) Jaime Herrera Beutler

  • (MI) Peter Meijer

  • (NY) John Katko

  • (CA) David Valadao

  • (NY) Tom Reed

  • (NE) Don Bacon

  • (UT) John Curtis

  • (PA) Brian Fitzpatrick

  • (NY) Andrew Garbarino

  • (TX) Tony Gonzales

  • (SD) Dusty Johnson

  • (OH) David Joyce

  • (NJ) Chris Smith

  • (TX) Van Taylor

  • (NY) Chris Jacobs

  • (WV) David McKinley

  • (NE) Jeff Fortenberry

  • (FL) Maria Elvira Salaza

  • (IA) Mariannette Miller-Meeks

  • (AR)Steve Womack

  • (OK) Stephanie Bice

  • (AR) French Hill

  • (ID) Mike Simpson

  • (IL) Rodney Davis

  • (UT)Blake Moore

  • (MS) Michael Guest

  • (IN) Trey Hollingsworth

  • (FL) Carlos Gimenez

  • (OR) Cliff Bentz

House Speaker, Nancy Pelosi, said the Democrats would take a more partisan approach to the commission if the Republicans didn’t cooperate.

Pelosi argued, “I certainly could call for hearings in the House with a majority of the members being Democrats with full subpoena power with the agenda being determined by the Democrats, but that’s not the path we have chosen to go.”

Senate Minority Leader, Mitch McConnell, confirmed ahead of Wednesday’s vote he would not vote in support of this legislation.

“After careful consideration, I’ve made the decision to oppose the House Democrats’ slanted and unbalanced proposal for another commission to study the events of January 6,” stated McConnell.

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About the Author:

Gabriel E. Montalvo is a second-generation Ecuadorian American living in the progressive stronghold of Queens, NYC. As it might not come as a surprise, he used to believe in Anti-American left-wing/Communistic victimized ideologies until his high school journalism teacher introduced him to Ayn Rand and John Stossel's teachings. Gabriel realized he was lied to about the truth of the Democratic Party, with doing more research, found his home in Conservative-Libertarian values, and became a registered Republican at the age of 18. He co-hosts the Empire State Conservatives Podcast, is a writer, the Activism Chairman of the New York Young Republican Club, and a political strategist. Gabriel was also the youngest state chapter Vice-Chairman in the Republican National Hispanic Assembly's history serving New York for a year and is currently the youngest ever appointed Northeastern Regional Director.

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