The second Republican senator has officially come forward with plans to support legislation to establish a commission to investigate the Jan. 6 Capitol riot. Alaskan Senator Lisa Murkowski followed Mitt Romney’s lead and said she plans to vote yes on the upcoming vote.
According to The Hill:
“I’m going to support it,” Murkowski told reporters when asked about whether she will vote for the bill that passed with 35 Republican votes in the House last week.
A third Republican centrist, Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine), says she supports setting up a bipartisan commission but is working to make changes to address what she calls “flaws” in the House bill.
“I see a need for a commission and am working to correct flaws in the House bill. I strongly support a commission,” she said.
Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) says he hopes to vote on the Jan. 6 legislation this week even though senators are now in the midst of a contentious debate over how to proceed on a China competitiveness bill that is a Schumer priority and that he hoped to have the Senate pass before the Memorial Day recess.
Powerful Republicans have noted their planned opposition to the bill. Mitch McConnell noted his plans to oppose the bill in the Senate.