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US House of Representatives approves commission

With 252 votes in favor and 175 against, the US House of Representatives passed a bill to investigate the taking of the Capitol. However, there is still approval in the Senate, where several Republicans expressed their rejection of the measure.

The lower house of the United States approved this Wednesday to create an independent commission to investigate the assault on the Capitol on January 6 by the followers of former President Donald Trump.

With 252 votes in favor and 175 against, the Lower House approved this initiative that now requires the pending approval of the Senate to materialize. A total of 35 Republican lawmakers voted to create the commission of inquiry, despite Trump’s call to oppose it and the efforts of party leaders in Congress to prevent defections.

The commission proposal approved by the Lower House takes as a model the one established to investigate the attacks of September 11, 2001, and would consist of ten members, appointed equally by Democrats and Republicans.

Republican Congressman John Katko and Democrat Bennie Thompson were the architects of the pact after weeks of negotiations. However, Republican leaders in the last hours turned their backs on the proposal after first showing some ambiguity.

In fact, a day before the vote, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said the party was open to the commission investigating the January riots, NPR reported. However, on voting day, McConnell announced his opposition to the commission.

“After careful consideration, I decided to oppose the skewed and unbalanced proposal by House Democrats that another commission looks into the events of January 6,” the senator said Wednesday in the Senate. McConnell added that a commission would result in duplicate efforts, as law enforcement and bipartisan investigations are already conducting inquiries into the matter.

This opposition coincided with a statement Tuesday night from former President Donald Trump urging Republican lawmakers to vote against a commission that, if created, could even call him to testify.

McConnell’s opposition is especially relevant since the initiative requires a majority of 60 votes to pass in the Senate, so at least 10 Republicans should support it. It seems complicated for Republicans to have this number of defections that authorize the creation of the commission.

“Republicans must become much tougher and smarter and stop being used by the radical left. Hopefully, Mitch McConnell and Kevin McCarthy are listening!” Said the former president, referring to the leaders of the party in the Senate and the Lower House, respectively.