House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy says that he cannot support bipartisan legislation for a 9/11 style commission to investigate the Capitol riot on January 6th.McCarthy says that because Nancy Pelosi “refuses to negotiate in good faith” and expand the scope of the investigation that he will not support it
According to The Hill:
“Given the political misdirections that have marred this process, given the now duplicative and potentially counterproductive nature of this effort, and given the Speaker’s shortsighted scope that does not examine interrelated forms of political violence in America, I cannot support this legislation,” McCarthy said in a statement released Tuesday morning.
McCarthy said he could not support the legislation because House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) “refused to negotiate in good faith” on the parameters of the commission and because Democrats’ “renewed focus” does not include the “political violence” in American cities, the 2017 shooting at a Republican congressional baseball practice or the fatal attack on Capitol Police on April 2.
“The presence of this political violence in American society cannot be tolerated and it cannot be overlooked,” McCarthy wrote.
“I have communicated this to our Democrat colleagues for months and its omission is deeply concerning,” he added.
However, the final passage of the legislation likely will not fall on McCarthy but instead on Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell. McConnell has previously voiced support for expanding the investigation to not only focus on Jan. 6th but also on the riots last summer which plagued American cities.