Friends, Family Of Officer Sicknick Lobbying Lawmakers To Approve Capitol Attack Commission

Congress appears to be stalling on the creation of a 9/11-style commission to look into the reasons for the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol, but friends and family of one of the officers killed in the assault are lobbying lawmakers to approve the commission; Natalie Brand reports for CBS2.

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MAURICE DUBOIS: Congress appears to be stalling on the creation of a 9/11 style commission to look into the reasons for the January 6 attack on the US Capitol.

JESSICA MOORE: But family and friends of one of the officers killed in that assault are lobbying lawmakers to approve the commission. Here's CBS 2's Natalie Brand.

GLADYS SICKNICK: Usually, I'm staying in the background, and I just couldn't. I couldn't stay quiet anymore.

NATALIE BRAND: Gladys Sicknick, the mother of fallen US Capitol Police officer Brian Sicknick, and his girlfriend Sandra Garza are meeting with several Republican senators, urging them to vote yes on the 9/11 style commission to look into the January 6 attack on the Capitol.

SANDRA GARZA: I think it's very disturbing that anyone would not want to support this. I mean, why would they not want to get to the bottom of such horrific violence?

NATALIE BRAND: At least 10 Republicans would need to vote with Democrats to overcome a procedural filibuster in the Senate. As of now, that does not appear likely.

MITCH MCCONNELL: I do not believe the additional extraneous commission that Democratic leaders want would uncover crucial new facts or promote healing.

NATALIE BRAND: The bipartisan bill passed in the House would create an independent 10 member commission equally appointed by Democrats and Republicans, and each side would have subpoena power.

JOE MANCHIN: Democrats have basically given everything they've asked for, any impediment that would have been there. And there's no reason not to now, unless you just don't want to hear the truth.

NATALIE BRAND: But the staff for the commission would be appointed by Democrats. Republican Senator Susan Collins has proposed an Amendment that would equally divide the staff positions as well.

SUSAN COLLINS: That is what I have been working on to make sure that it truly is balanced, fair, and bipartisan.

NATALIE BRAND: Democratic lawmakers say the Republican opposition has less to do with the makeup of the bill, and more to do with politics.

CHUCK SCHUMER: Senate leader, Republican leader warned his conference that January the 6th commission could hurt the Republicans politically. Well, too bad.

NATALIE BRAND: More than 400 people have been arrested in connection with the attack.

Natalie Brand, CBS News, Capitol Hill.