Alabama Republicans Oppose Jan. 6 Commission


All Alabama Republicans in the U.S. House voted against a controversial Democrat-backed plan for a commission to investigate the events of Jan. 6. The delegation's only Democrat, Rep. Terri Sewell of Birmingham, was the lone Alabama vote in favor of the proposal, which passed the Democrat-controlled chamber Tuesday by a vote of 252-175. Democrats claimed the commission would be modeled on the bipartisan panel that investigated the 9/11 terrorist attacks. But Republican leaders opposed the bill. House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) said the commission was too limited in scope, focusing on the Capitol Hill riot, while ignoring violent protests elsewhere in the country. Former President Donald Trump issued a statement reinforcing those concerns: "It is just more partisan unfairness, and unless the murders, riots, and fire bombings in Portland, Minneapolis, Seattle, Chicago, and New York are also going to be studied, this discussion should be ended immediately." The resolution now heads to the Senate, where it could face an uphill fight, after Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) declared his opposition. Democrats need support from at least 10 Senate Republicans in order to advance the measure.