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“The house-passed version won’t have a 10,” Thune said.
The expected blockade will cloud the atmosphere in Washington. Republicans didn’t block any Senate Democratic bills until Thursday.
And the Democrats believe they made huge concessions to the GOP on the structure of the commission, with their party’s leaders even blessing Collins’ changes designed to make the commission more bipartisan. The resulting frustration is palpable even among the loveliest Democrats.
Senator Jon Tester (D-Mont.) Said he believes there will be a future January 6-style attack on the Capitol and “the outcome will be far worse”.
“We have to get to the bottom of this shit,” said Tester. “Jesus. It’s an impartial investigation into what happened. And if it’s because you’re scared of Trump, you’ve got to resign. That’s bullshit. You make tough decisions in this office or you shouldn’t be here be. “
Collins admitted that even their proposed changes may not get the bill across the line. They could help influence some Republicans, she said, but for those who oppose a commission “in any way”, her amendment would “not change their underlying opposition”.
McConnell appeared to lock up the 41 votes he needed at the last minute, despite a lobbying push from the mother and friend of fallen Capitol cop Brian Sicknick, who died in response to the siege. Sens. Jerry Moran of Kansas and Shelley Moore Capito of West Virginia both said they would not support the commission.
“We have other committees that deal with this. We will get our answers, ”said Capito.
Even Pennsylvania Senator Pat Toomey, who convicted Trump of inciting a riot, wasn’t sure where he was going down. North Carolina Senator Richard Burr, who also backed Trump’s condemnation, argued against the commission within the GOP conference, stating that even with an expiration date of December 31, this would move into the middle.
Ohio Senator Rob Portman, who has been considering supporting Collins’s changes, said he wanted a commission to have the “legitimacy and trust of the American people through fairness. If it’s not fair. It won’t be effective. “
He declined to say how he would vote. The Senate is currently considering a law on China’s competitiveness, but is expected to vote on the commission before the start of Memorial Day recess.
Utah Senator Mitt Romney, who supports the Commission Act passed by parliament, said his colleagues were entitled to their opinions. “I have a different point of view than some of my colleagues, but we are entitled to do so and I am not frustrated by that,” he said.