Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s efforts to relitigate the January 6 Capitol riots, at least until the mid-term elections, is done. The U.S. Senate handed down the rejection of the so-called “independent” commission that the House Speaker selected.
The Senate vote on the proposal to establish an independent inquiry that would have investigated the Capitol riots failed on Friday. It fell short of the 10 Republican votes that were needed to move the bill forward.
The vote on the proposed commission ended with 54-35, which demonstrates that the proposal had a bipartisan majority, with six Republican members voting with Democrats. However, to advance the bill, it needed to get 60 votes.
The said six Republican senators who backed the bill included Sens. Mitt Romney, Susan Collins, Bill Cassidy, Rob Portman, Lisa Murkowski, and Ben Sasse.
These senators, apart from Portman, voted in favor of former President Donald Trump’s conviction during the Senate impeachment trial.
Additionally, nine GOP senators and two Democrats allegedly skipped the vote.