Washington, D.C., May 28, 2021 - Following the vote to establish a commission to investigate the siege of the U.S. Capitol on January 6, 2021, Brady condemns the spineless actions of a minority of U.S. Senators. Though the bill establishing this commission received an affirmative vote from a majority of Senators, it did not receive the 60 votes needed to achieve cloture, which would have ensured that the bill would not be filibustered.
Brady President Kris Brown shared:
“Today is a shameful day for the United States Senate. The violent attack on the U.S. Capitol and all members and staff of Congress, and law enforcement attempting to defend them, left one police officer dead and others who were injured or died following the insurrection. That they would dishonor the Capitol Police Officers who died due to this insurrection is unconscionable. That they would betray the trust of the American people by denying the public the opportunity to investigate and learn what led to this attack on our democracy is horrific.
This vote also demonstrates once again that the procedural filibuster undermines the authority of the U.S. Senate and blocks the will of the people. It should not be that a bill that has the support of a majority of Senators fails, particularly when that bill attracted broad, bipartisan support in the U.S. House of Representatives. Today shows us once again that Senate rules are in desperate need of reform if we are to carry out the will of the people and re-establish the trust of the American public in our government.
Shame on the Senators who voted against this bill. History will not look kindly upon them.”
About the the National Commission to Investigate the January 6 Attack on the United States Capitol Complex Act (H.R. 3233):
H.R. 3233 would establish a 10-person, bipartisan commission to collect and examine the facts and circumstances surrounding the January 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol. The commission would be granted subpoena powers and would release its findings in a final report by December 31, 2021.
Brady has one powerful mission — to unite all Americans against gun violence. We work across Congress, the courts, and our communities with over 90 grassroots chapters, bringing together young and old, red and blue, and every shade of color to find common ground in common sense. In the spirit of our namesakes Jim and Sarah Brady, we have fought for over 45 years to take action, not sides, and we will not stop until this epidemic ends. It’s in our hands.