WASHINGTON – Today, Congressman Ted W. Lieu (D-Los Angeles County) issued the following statement after he voted for H.Res. 503, which empowers Congress to find the truth of the January 6th insurrection at the United States Capitol and ensure that this assault on democracy does not happen again. This legislation will create a Select Committee charged with investigating and reporting upon the facts and causes, as well as making recommendations to prevent similar domestic terrorist attacks
“Nobody should forget or try to whitewash what happened on January 6th. It was a shameful moment in our nation’s history. President Trump was impeached because of it. Simply put, we can never allow it to happen again. I support a January 6th Commission because we need to defend our democracy by investigating how such an egregious act of domestic terrorism happened at the Capitol. The American public deserves the truth.”
Background on the Commission:
The Committee will have thirteen members appointed by the Speaker, five of whom will be appointed after consultation with the Minority Leader. This House-passed resolution does not require Senate approval or a Presidential signature in order to take effect. This step comes after Senate Republicans, at the request of Mitch McConnell, blocked a popular and bipartisan bill to establish an independent 9/11-type Commission to investigate the January 6th insurrection. That proposal was negotiated and agreed upon by the bipartisan leadership of the House Homeland Security Committee and was endorsed by the bipartisan 9/11 Commission Chairs, Thomas Kean and Lee Hamilton, as well as 140 national security experts.
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