House approves Jan. 6 committee, heads to Senate
Congressman Filemon Vela announced on Wednesday, May, 19 the final passage of H.R. 3233, the National Commission to Investigate the January 6 Attack on the United States Capitol Complex Act. The bill establishes a 10-person bipartisan commission that will be required to issue a final report by Dec. 31, 2021, on its investigative findings and recommendations to prevent future attacks on the Capitol.
The bill passed with bipartisan support.
“On January 6, 2021, Donald Trump incited a violent mob that attacked the United States Capitol as Congress worked to certify the 2020 electoral results,” said Congressman Filemon Vela. “This was the worst attack on our Capitol since British troops set fire to the building in the summer of 1814. January 6 will be remembered as a dark day in our nation’s history, we must ensure the domestic terrorists involved are held accountable and that an attack like this never happens again. The Commission established by this bill will do just that, and I am proud to join a bipartisan majority of my colleagues in support of its creation.”
On Thursday, the House of Representatives will also vote on an emergency security supplemental for $1.9 billion in funding to respond to the January 6 attack and to protect the U.S. Capitol Complex and all who work and serve within it. Congressman Vela will be supporting this measure.
- The Commission will be charged with studying the facts and circumstances surrounding the January 6th attack on the Capitol as well as the influencing factors that may have provoked the attack on our democracy.
- Like the 9/11 Commission, the measure establishes a 10-person bipartisan commission with five commissioners, including the Chair, appointed by the Speaker of the House and Majority Leader of the Senate and five commissioners, including the Vice-Chair, appointed by the Minority Leaders of the House and Senate.
- Commissioners must have significant expertise in the areas of law enforcement, civil rights, civil liberties, privacy, intelligence, and cybersecurity. Current government officers or employees are prohibited from appointment.
- Like the 9/11 Commission, the Commission will be granted authority to issue subpoenas to secure information to carry out its investigation but requires agreement between the Chair and the Vice-Chair or a vote by a majority of Commission members.
- The Commission will be required to issue a final report with findings regarding the facts and causes of the attack, along with recommendations to prevent future attacks on our democratic institutions, by December 31, 2021.