Washington, D.C.—U.S. Senator Susan Collins issued this statement following the vote to establish a commission to investigate the January 6th attack on the U.S. Capitol:
“The attack on our Capitol on January 6th was an assault on our democracy as Congress was proceeding with its constitutional duty. I strongly support the creation of an independent, bipartisan, outside commission to examine the events leading up to the January 6th attack, to investigate exactly what occurred in the storming of the Capitol, and to provide recommendations on how we can ensure that such a breach never happens again, while keeping this symbol of our democracy open and accessible.
“I authored a bipartisan amendment that would have helped ensure that the commission operated in a bipartisan and fair manner and that it completed its work in a timely manner. It is unfortunate that we fell a few votes short of what was needed to begin debate on this vital legislation needed to help us better understand that terrible day. The American people, and particularly the men and women of the Capitol and District of Columbia police forces who fought so valiantly that day, deserve answers and recommendations that an independent, bipartisan commission would be able to provide.”