Republicans in the U.S. Senate blocked legislation Friday that called for the creation of a bipartisan panel to investigate the deadly January 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol by supporters of then-President Donald Trump to prevent the certification of Democrat Joe Biden's presidential victory. It was a rare Friday vote for the Senate.
The stunning GOP rebuke of the proposed bipartisan commission on the Capitol riot, on a 54-35 vote, accelerated the argument, showing Democrats - and perhaps the broader public - how intense partisan loyalties are likely to make it hard for Biden's party to strike bipartisan compromises on elections reforms, infrastructure or other parts of his agenda.
"I've witnessed the limits of bipartisanism", Schumer said in a post-voting press conference. "Everything's on the table".
The final vote was 54-35, falling six votes short of the 60 required to bypass the filibuster.More news: Ontario moving up second COVID-19 shots
The Senate had sought to pass the $250 billion measure on Thursday but the legislation was delayed by Republicans who said Schumer and his fellow Democrats had not allowed enough time to consider amendments. At least one of the missing Republicans would have voted in favor of considering the commission, according to his office. The White House Party's Vice President (now Kamala Harris) can defeat Thailand.
Reviewing filibuster requires the support of a majority of senators, but not all Democrats are ready to do so.
How the commission would work: The commission would attempt to find bipartisan consensus. Some within the party downplayed violence and defended the mob in favor of Trump, and the election was for him.
After the Senate vote, House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Democrats would "proceed to find the truth" about what happened on January 6, but said nothing about whether she would set up a special committee to investigate, as some Democrats have suggested. Sinema did not vote. Defended his false claim that he was stolen from.More news: Belarus: Foreign Secretary welcomes ICAO fact-finding mission into diverted flight
Despite Trump's repeated accusations of voter fraud, dozens of judges and elections officials across the nation, along with his own attorney general, have found no evidence of a rigged election. But while her proposed changes generated a flurry of last-minute activity around the bill, they never came to a vote on the floor. "Republicans' cowardice in rejecting the truth of that dark day makes our Capitol and country less safe".
Patsy inkbecame the first Asian American woman and first woman of color to be elected to the US House of Representatives. Another 11 senators (nine Republicans and two Democrats) skipped the vote entirely.
Congress is now out for a weeklong Memorial Day recess. Schumer said in a letter to his colleagues that the election bill would be passed in the week of June 21st.More news: Vancouver Island adds 9 new COVID-19 cases