The first Republican senator has announced support for current legislation to establish a bipartisan commission to investigate the Jan. 6th Capitol riot. On Monday, Utah Senator Mitt Romney said he plans to vote yes to the bill.
The Hill reports:
Asked how he would vote if Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) tried to start debate on the House bill, a move that requires 60 votes to defeat a filibuster, Romney told reporters, “I would support the bill.”
Romney wasn’t asked how he would vote on final passage of the House bill, which would need only a simple majority. Spokespeople for Romney didn’t immediately respond to a question about if he would change his vote after helping defeat a GOP filibuster.
But Romney’s comments come as Schumer has vowed that he will bring the bill up for a vote, setting up what could be the first successful filibuster of the 117th Congress.
Schumer hasn’t said when he’ll bring up the House bill but characterized the timing on Monday as “very soon.”
So far a number of Republican senators including Mitch McConnell have announced they oppose the bill in its current form. Republicans want to widen the scope of the investigation to include political violence from last summer’s riot which plagued American cities.