Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) has whipped the votes needed to defeat Nancy Pelosi’s (D-CA) Commission on Jan. 6th.
“The House-passed version will not have 10,” GOP Minority Whip John Thune (SD) said when asked about the chances of a commission:
McConnell and Senate GOP leaders have been confident for days that 10 senators wouldn’t break ranks. McConnell’s argument, which he’s voiced publicly and privately, is that the commission probe would become an issue in the midterms — and that has been the prevailing view among Rs
— Manu Raju (@mkraju) May 27, 2021
Democrat Senator Jon Tester (MT) was angry with conservatives for not supporting such a commission.
“We must look into this shit,” Senator Tester said. “It’s a nonpartisan commission of what happened. And if this is because you are scared of Donald Trump, then you should get out of office. It is bullshit. You either make tough choices or you should not be in Washington.”
It was reported this week that Democrats needed ten Republicans to go along with the partisan measure but only had maybe four votes.
Those Senators included Republicans Lisa Murkowski (AK), Mitt Romney (UT), Susan Collins (ME) and Bill Cassidy (LA).
Collins acknowledged that even her proposed changes might not get the bill over the finish line. They could help sway some Republicans, she said, but for those standing against a commission “in any form,” her amendment would not “change their underlying opposition.”
— Burgess Everett (@burgessev) May 27, 2021
The votes reported changed to “no” include Republican Senators Richard Burr (NC), Jerry Moran (KS), Shelley Moore Capito (WV), Thom Tillis (NC), and Rob Portman (OH).
Former President Trump released a comment on May 18 slamming the Democrats’ “trap,” telling Kevin McCarthy and McConnell to “stop letting Radical Left use you.”
Trump says he’d only support talks of a Jan. 6 commission if the summer BLM and Antifa riots were included in said commission. pic.twitter.com/83piKJPhvT
— Anthony Leonardi (@TonyDLeonardi) May 19, 2021
Author: Steven Sinclaire