Should Congress establish a commission to investigate the January 6 Attack on the United States Capitol Complex?

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Bill Summary

This bill establishes the National Commission to Investigate the January 6 Attack on the United States Capitol Complex. The commission must conduct an investigation of the relevant facts and circumstances relating to the attack on the Capitol; identify, review, and evaluate the causes of and the lessons learned from this attack; and submit specified reports containing findings, conclusions, and recommendations to improve the detection, prevention, preparedness for, and response to targeted violence and domestic terrorism and improve the security posture of the U.S. Capitol Complex. Sponsor: Rep. Bennie Thompson (Democrat, Mississippi, District 2) View full bill text ➔

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Opponents say

• "That event is part of a broader wave of violence that has accompanied the increasing coarsening of politics over the past several years and worsening since the COVID-19 pandemic began." Source: Rep. Tom Cole (Republican, Oklahoma, District 4)

• "I mean, if we’re looking at January 6, we need to look at what led up to it… Until we’re there, which we are not right now as a country, we still want to point fingers - until we want to do some self-reflection, then I don’t think the commission is going to do anything except try to divide us more.." Source: Rep. Markwayne Mullin (Republican, Oklahoma, District 2)

Proponents say

• "The American people expect Congress to put partisanship aside for the sake of our homeland security. This is exactly what this bill does.." Source: Rep. John Katko (Republican, New York, District 24)

• "There has been a growing consensus that the January 6th attack is of complexity and national significance that what we need is an independent commission to investigate. I am pleased that after many months of intensive discussion, Ranking Member Katko and I were able to reach a bipartisan agreement. Inaction - or just moving on - is simply not an option. The creation of this commission is our way of taking responsibility for protecting the U.S. Capitol. After all, the Capitol is not just a historic landmark, it is where our constituents come to see their democracy in action. As such, we owe it to the Capitol police and all who enter out citadel of democracy to investigate the attack. The timing of this action is particularly poignant with this being National Police Week, when we honor those who gave their lives to protect us." Source: Rep. Bennie Thompson (Democrat, Mississippi, District 2)