GOP Takes A Stand Against Nancy Pelosi

( Republicans in Congress aren’t going to let House Speaker Nancy Pelosi run all over them.

This week, GOOP leaders in both chambers said they were opposed to a plan Pelosi put forward that would create an independent commission to study the events of the insurrection at the U.S. Capitol building on January 6. The GOP members said the commission is tilted too much toward Democrats.

The Republican leaders said the commission should be made up of an even number of members of both parties, just as the one that was formed to study the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, was.

Both Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy said that a legitimate commission would be made up of an equal number of Democrats and Republicans. Pelosi’s proposal calls for a panel consisting of 11 members.

The breakdown would include only four Republicans to seven Democrats, and three of those Democrats would be selected by President Joe Biden.

For now, Pelosi hasn’t commented publicly on the draft of her proposal, nor why she believes it’s fair that more Democrats should be on the panel. Her actions in drafting the bill do seem to contradict what little public statements she has made.

Last week, she said that the commission had to be “strongly bipartisan” and also have the power to subpoena witnesses. At the same time, Hakeem Jeffries, the chair of the House Democratic Conference, said McCarthy hasn’t been operating in good faith, and he “set a bad tone” by supporting former President Donald Trump.

Republicans have supported creating the independent commission to investigate the actions on January 6. There isn’t much agreement about the commission beyond that basic point, though.

Republicans said the commission should consist of 10 members, with five Republicans and five Democrats sitting on it. The GOP has also objected to the rationale behind the commission’s formation.

An aide close to Pelosi said her proposal would give the commission “broad latitude” to investigate what actions led to effort to the violence on January 6. The aide also said intelligence assessments and investigations from the FBI have shown that some of that violence was motivated by “false narratives” about the 2020 presidential election, and racism in general.

Speaking on the Senate floor this week, McConnell said the language in the proposal is “artificial cherry picking.” He said the commission needs to either take a narrow look at some specific security failures of the day at the Capitol or “potentially do something broader to analyze the full scope of political violence here in our country.”

He further said an inquiry “with a hardwired partisan slant would never be legitimate in the eyes of the American people.”

For his part, McCarthy said the commission should be using the September 11 commissions as its model for formation. But, there’s only one thing he believes is standing in the way. He said:

“It’s only Speaker Pelosi who’s trying to make this thing partisan.”