WASHINGTON— Today the House of Representatives passed legislation to establish a national commission to investigate and report the facts of what happened during the January 6th Insurrection. The commission will report its findings, conclusions, and recommendations to Congress and the President and influence future actions for combatting domestic extremism and improving the security of the U.S. Capitol Complex. After voting in favor of the legislation, Rep. Raúl M. Grijalva, issued the following statement:
“The brazen attack on our democracy on January 6th remains a stain on our history. As a consequence of former President Trump’s decision to send a mob of his supporters to attack the Capitol, disrupt the democratic process, and commit violence against his own Vice President and Members of Congress, we must now spend an additional $1.9 billion to secure the U.S. Capitol and safeguard the People’s House. Without the actions of the former President and his supporters, this money could have been used for other priorities.
“Despite the violent events of January 6th unfolding on live television and the personal threats to the lives of many of us and our staff in the Capitol that day, numerous Republican Members of Congress are attempting to rewrite history and deny that the insurrection even happened. Like the former President they blindly follow, these Members are deliberately misleading the American people and amplifying the same dangerous conspiracy theories that led to the January 6th attack. These dangerous and irresponsible actions by my Republican colleagues are why this bipartisan commission is necessary. We must establish the facts of what happened that day, put an end to the propaganda and lies, and ensure that we take the necessary precautions to guarantee that it never happens again.”