Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) has reportedly secured the votes needed to block House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s (D-CA) 9/11-like commission to investigate the events of Jan. 6 at the U.S. Capitol building.
“At the moment, no. The House-passed version won’t have 10,” Sen. John Thune (R-SD) said when he was asked about the the commission vote, in a Twitter post on Thursday.
Senate GOP Whip John Thune reiterates GOP has the votes to block Jan. 6 commission bill. “I don’t believe there will be (10 Republicans) in its current form for the House-passed version,” he just told me
— Manu Raju (@mkraju) May 27, 2021
Sen. Jon Tester (D-MT) said, “It’s a nonpartisan investigation of what happened. And if it’s because they’re afraid of Trump, then they need to get out of office. It’s bullshit. You make tough decisions in this office or you shouldn’t be here,” according to Politico.
Former President Donald Trump released a statement earlier in May that urged House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) to block the commission.
Trump says he’d only support talks of a Jan. 6 commission if the summer BLM and Antifa riots were included in said commission. pic.twitter.com/83piKJPhvT
— Anthony Leonardi (@TonyDLeonardi) May 19, 2021
The Senate was expected to vote on the issue on Thursday. The timing of the vote was then delayed after GOP leaders bogged down the Senate floor, reported CNN.
Without 10 Republicans on board, the Senate bill will not pass. As it stands, the numbers are not there for Pelosi and others to push forward the legislation.