Pelosi Floats Proposal For January 6th Commission

( Nancy Pelosi just won’t back down.

Last week, the House Speaker said she would like to create a bipartisan commission that would be tasked with investigating the attacks at the U.S. Capitol building on January 6.

Her newest proposal is at least a little more equal than her first. This one would see both Democrats and Republicans split the membership of the panel evenly.

In February, Pelosi first floated the idea of creating this commission. The Speaker’s idea was to have the commission “conduct an investigation of the relevant facts and circumstances relating to the domestic terrorist attack on the Capitol.”

That proposal, though, would have had seven Democrats and only four Republicans serving on it. Not surprisingly, Republicans quickly rejected the creation of the commission.

Pelosi doesn’t want to give up on the idea of the commission entirely, though. In a letter that she sent to her House colleagues last week, she said she sent another offer to the GOP, emphasizing that “we are determined to seek the truth” surrounding the January 6 events.

The newest proposal would create an even 50-50 split of Democrats and Republicans on the commission. That would make it similar to the 9/11 commission that was created following the terrorist attacks on New York City and Washington, D.C.

Democrats have not publicly released the proposal just yet.

Even with the even split of members, it’s unclear at this point whether Republicans would be in favor of a commission at all. Initially, Republicans opposed the broad latitude that the commission would be given to investigate any and all causes of the attacks.

The GOP opposed some of the language in the proposal as well. Some of the findings in the bill’s proposal quoted Christopher Wray, the director of the FBI, who said “racially motivated violent extremism, and especially white supremacy, is one of the biggest threats to domestic security.”

Republicans, meanwhile, have indicated that they would like the commission to focus not just on the events that led up to the January 6 attacks on the U.S. Capitol. They’d like to see it also investigate violence that happened during the summer of 2020 during protests around the country over police brutality.

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said this week that he hasn’t discussed the commission with Pelosi just yet. While McConnell said the commission would have to have a bipartisan equal balance, he also emphasized that the focus of investigation needed to be broader than just the January 6 attacks.

He told reporters on Tuesday:

“We’ve also had a number of violent disturbances around the country last year, and I think we ought to look at this in a broader scope and with a totally balanced 9/11 style commission.”

Getting McConnell’s thoughts on the matter may be a little premature. For now, Pelosi hasn’t even been able to get on the same page with House GOP leader Kevin McCarthy.

On Wednesday, a spokesman for McCarthy said he hasn’t seen the proposal that Pelosi said she sent last week. His staff hasn’t seen it yet, either.