Senate majority leader Schumer announced that the Senate vote on the 1/6 commission will take place on Friday afternoon.
Clip of the majority leader Schumer in the Senate:
McConnell’s stable tactic fails as Schumer will force the Republicans to vote on the 1/6 commission in broad daylight. pic.twitter.com/VlbYtF6Pno
– Sarah Reese Jones (@PoliticusSarah) May 28, 2021
Schumer said in a protocol made available to PoliticusUSA by his office (all CAPS):
Let me tell the public and members what this is doing. IT IS SOMETHING WE SUGGESTED. IT
ENSURE A VOTE – ENSURE A VOTE ON THE COMMISSION ON JANUARY 6TH IN THE NEXT HOUR IF WE RETURN IN JUNE. This is a good solution because we are voting on the Commission and just letting me tell my Republican colleagues and the country that. This commission is urgently needed. What has been perpetrated by President Trump in the past few months is the big lie – the big lie that the elections were determined that he is rightfully president.
NOTHING IS MORE CORROSIVE TO OUR DEMOCRACY THAN THE VIEW THAT ELECTIONS ARE NOT ON THE LEVEL. THAT’S ALSO WAS DISTRIBUTED BY DONALD TRUMP AND MANY HIS ALLIES. A commission can get down in a clear way. IT’S A BIPARTISAN COMMISSION, IT’S DOWN IN THE MIDDLE COMMISSION, THERE’S A SIGNIFICANT REPUBLICAN ENTRY FROM THE REPUBLICAN LEADER IN THE HOUSE AND THE RANKING MEMBER OF THE REPUBLICAN – THE REPUBLICAN MEMBER.
So that’s right in the middle. IF OUR REPUBLICAN FRIENDS VOTE AGAINST THIS, What are you afraid of? THE TRUTH? Are you afraid that Donald Trump’s big lie will be eliminated? Do you fear that any misdirected misinformation will be refuted by a BIPARTISAN in the middle commission? This is about a democracy. This is about the future of our democracy. The big lie undermined this democracy. And we have to do everything we can to refute it. This is not a Democratic or Republican commitment, this is an American commitment. OUR DEMOCRACY, OUR BEAUTIFUL, MORE THAN TWO CENTURY OLD DEMOCRACY IS MORE RISK BECAUSE THE LIES OF DONALD TRUMP AND HIS ALLIES WERE BEHAVIOR, AND IT’S A VERY LONG TIME AND THIS COMMISSION IS A GREAT TIME. – I hope we can get wide. I hope we can get broad support for this.
McConnell didn’t want this vote to happen if people are paying attention because he knows the backlash will be severe. McConnell tried to postpone the vote until the middle of the night before failing.
Republican senators were already whining because they weren’t on Memorial Day recess. Schumer knew McConnell could keep the Republicans with him because they want to go home, so he waited for him to come out what he wanted.
Senate Republicans will oppose an investigation into the Capitol attack and hold up a cover-up for Trump.
Mr. Easley is the Founder / Senior Editor, White House Press Pool, and a Congressional Correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason has a bachelor’s degree in political science. His thesis focused on public order with a specialization in social reform movements.
Awards and professional memberships
Member of the Society of Professional Journalists and the American Political Science Association