A report from CBS News has indicated that Rep. Nancy Pelosi will announce the creation of a select committee that will examine the Capitol Hill Riots. The California lawmaker informed her colleagues of her decision to do so this morning.
Pelosi's decision to announce the creation of the committee runs counter to her prior actions. Previously, the Speaker of the House stood by and was hopeful that the Senate would create a bipartisan, 9/11-style commission to examine the matter. However, efforts to put together such a commission fell short by six votes. Several supporters of the commission were very vocal in their criticism of those who opposed the bill.
"To the brave Capitol police officers who risk their lives every single day to keep us safe, the Capitol and Congressional staff that work around the clock to keep Congress running, even the reporters who work hard to deliver Congressional news to the American people and every American who watched in horror as our Capitol was attacked on January 6th – you deserve better," Senator Joe Manchin said.
"I am sorry that my Republican colleagues and friends let political fear prevent them from doing what they know in their hearts to be right."
At the end of May, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer indicated that the Senate would hold another vote on the matter, but that has not yet happened. As a result, Pelosi will move forward with her efforts. While she will have the support of the Democrat-controlled House of Representatives, she will face pushback from a small, vocal group of Republicans. House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy has already said that any decision Pelosi makes about the select committee will be "political" rather than about the events on January 6, 2020.
Pelosi will name the members of the committee in the coming days. Regardless of who is on the panel, the federal lawmaker ensures that they will have all the resources needed to do their work and all the time they need.