Partisan disputes delay sweeping China tech bill in U.S. Senate

Jan. 6 commission fails in Senate

Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-Spokane, voted against it. She voted for the commission, while Sen.

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. Other Capitol Police officers also urged Senators to support the commission.

The Senate is voting now on whether to advance a bill that would create a commission to investigate the january 6 Capitol riot that led to the deaths of five people and about 140 police officers injured.

The bill has received pushback from Republicans, including McConnell, who announced his opposition to the commission on the Senate floor last week.

"We are living in a highly polarized, hyper-partisan environment where each side is suspicious of the other side's motives", Collins said.

However, Republican lawmakers had voiced opposition to the commission.

"That is likely to be the bad outcome, if we do not create a truly outside, independent commission that can take an unbiased, hard look at what happened", she said.

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"We all know downplaying the seriousness of the insurrection we witnessed ourselves is just plain denial", Murray said.

Friday's vote may not be the final say on the commission. "However, today the majority of my Republican colleagues in the Senate made it clear that they have little interest in looking at the facts; instead, they'd rather ignore or minimize the whole event".

"What are you afraid of - the truth?"

Democrats and some moderate Republicans had called for a commission to probe the events up to and including January 6, when hundreds of supporters of Trump, a Republican, stormed the Capitol, fighting with police, urging violence against lawmakers and delaying the formal certification of President Joe Biden's election victory.

Collins tried to address both points with an amendment that would have required the commission's chair and vice chair to make hires together, and shortened the time it would have to wind down its work after a December 31 deadline to issue a final report. "Senate Republicans chose to defend the Big Lie because they feared that anything that might upset Donald Trump could hurt them politically", Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer said after the vote.

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