The House approved Wednesday to create a bipartisan commission similar to the one following 9/11 to investigate the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol, with nearly three dozen Republicans voting in support of the blatantly partisan measure.
The 252 to 175 vote included 35 GOP members in support. No Democrats voted against the bill.
Among the 35 Republicans who supported the effort were the same 10 members who voted to impeach Trump following the events of Jan. 6.
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) had expressed his opposition to the effort. He noted several investigation were already ongoing and that any commission needed to encompass more than only the event of the single day.
“Given the political misdirections that have marred this process, given the now duplicative and potentially counterproductive nature of this effort, and given the Speaker’s shortsighted scope that does not examine interrelated forms of political violence in America, I cannot support this legislation,” McCarthy said ahead of the House vote, according to NBC News.
Pelosi shared her pleasure with the bipartisan effort. When asked about McCarthy’s concerns, she offered her own response, according to NPR.
“I’m very pleased that we have a bipartisan bill to come to the floor and it’s disappointing, but not surprising, that the cowardice on the part of some on the Republican side not to want to find the truth.”
The bill now moves to the Senate, where it will face a unlikely battle to reach the 60 votes needed for approval.