Democrats are planning to press forward ― potentially on their own ― to investigate the Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol after Senate Republicans voted Friday to block a bipartisan independent commission.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) held a call Tuesday with her fellow House Democrats in their first meeting since the Senate vote. The speaker said she is prepared to launch a House-led investigation despite Republican resistance and would continue to push toward finding the truth behind what happened on Jan. 6.
Pelosi proposed four options to launch an investigation after Rep. Madeleine Dean (D-Pa.) asked about next steps, according to a source on the call. She said Democrats can give the Senate another chance to vote on an independent commission, create a select committee in the House, allow existing House committees to continue investigating the attack, or assign a specific committee, such as Homeland Security, to “take charge of investigation.”
The likelihood of Democrats giving the Senate another chance to vote on the commission is slim, especially after Friday’s vote fell four short of the 10 Republican senators needed to pass. Sen. Pat Toomey (R-Pa.), who was absent Friday, said he would have voted yes on the commission, but it would be hard to get all Democrats and three more Republican senators on board. And with the filibuster still in place, it’s more than likely that Republicans would use the blocking process again.