Key vote on Capitol riot commission delayed in Senate

By Melissa Macaya, Meg Wagner, Melissa Mahtani and Veronica Rocha, CNN

Updated 8:48 AM ET, Fri May 28, 2021
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10:42 a.m. ET, May 27, 2021

Manchin to CNN on Jan. 6 commission: "There is no excuse for any Republican to vote against this"

From CNN's Dana Bash and Kristin Wilson

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Sen. Joe Manchin, a Democrat from West Virginia, tells CNN he is upset with Republican senators who are refusing to vote for the formation of the Jan. 6 commission.

“There is no excuse for any Republican to vote against this commission since Democrats have agreed to everything they asked for. McConnell has made this his political position, thinking it will help his 2022 elections. They do not believe the truth will set you free, so they continue to live in fear,” Manchin said. 

Manchin later said his statement to CNN “really wasn’t fiery. It’s just honest,” and that he just wants to get the truth out.

“That really wasn’t fiery. It’s just honest. And I’m hoping we have enough good Republican friends that look at it from the standpoint and want to get the truth out,” he said. But he insisted he’s not upset.

“I’m not upset. I’m just basically, the Democrats have basically given everything they asked for any impediment they would have been there and there’s no reason not to now. Unless you just don’t want to hear the truth," he said.

He would not answer any question on whether he’d reconsider his stance on the filibuster. Manchin, who is a key swing vote in the Senate, has previously said he would not back a nuclear option, or a rules change to overcome an expected GOP filibuster, to get the commission bill passed. 

So far, only three — Sens. Mitt Romney of Utah, Susan Collins of Maine and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska — have expressed their support for advancing the legislation, and Democrats need at least 10 Republicans to pass the bill.

10:36 a.m. ET, May 27, 2021

Key things to know about the Jan. 6 commission bill the Senate is set to vote on today

From CNN's Jeremy Herb, Ryan Nobles and Annie Grayer

The House voted to approve legislation on May 19 to create an independent and bipartisan commission to investigate the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol.

The final vote was 252 to 175, with 35 Republicans joining Democrats in supporting the legislation. The bill now faces a vote in the Senate.

The top Democrat and Republican on the House Homeland Security Committee struck a deal earlier this month to create the commission, breaking a months-long logjam between House leaders about how to structure the independent panel.

House Homeland Security Chair Bennie Thompson of Mississippi and the panel's ranking Republican, Rep. John Katko of New York, announced on Friday they had reached an agreement for the panel that would be modeled after the 9/11 Commission.

Here are key things to know about the commission:

  • The commission proposed by Thompson and Katko would include a 10-member panel.
  • Half of the commission would be appointed by Democratic congressional leaders, including the chair, and half by Republicans, including the vice chair.
  • The panel will have the power to issue subpoenas if they are signed off by both the chair and vice chair, according to a summary released by the committee.
  • The commission would be tasked with issuing a final report by the end of this year, making it a quick timeline for the panel to put out a final product.

Supporters of the plan will need at least 10 Republicans in the Senate to join all 50 Democrats in the chamber in order to overcome a 60-vote filibuster and pass the bill.

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, like House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy, said he is opposes the commission. Pelosi has strongly suggested that she would approve a select committee in the House to investigate what led to the Jan. 6 insurrection if a vote to form the commission fails in the Senate.