The Kentucky Republican’s stance suggests that legislation creating a bipartisan commission on the Capitol riot — a bill set to pass the House later Wednesday — is likely doomed to fall to a Senate filibuster if major changes aren’t made. Rep. John Katko (R-N.Y.) had forged a deal with House Democrats to allow equal partisan representation on the 10-member commission and to give it subpoena power to focus on the events of Jan. 6.
Yet Republicans are now wrestling with how much more they want to litigate the presidency of Trump, whom McConnell no longer speaks to or talks about.
Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said that regardless of McConnell’s stance, the Senate will vote on the commission bill. The measure will need the support of 10 Senate Republicans to pass.
“The American people will see for themselves whether our Republican friends stand on the side of the truth or on the side of Donald Trump’s big lie,” Schumer said on Wednesday morning.
A number of House and Senate Republicans have expressed support for the commission, but the weight of the party’s leaders is now beating back that sentiment. Both Trump and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy are opposed to the commission proposal, and McConnell’s opposition will further pressure rank-and-file Republicans to oppose it.