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Rep. Tim Ryan ripped into Republicans from the House floor for voting against the January 6 commission, saying they don't live in reality

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Democratic Rep. Tim Ryan of Ohio in 2019. Josh Edelson/AFP via Getty Images
  • The House voted on Wednesday to create a bipartisan commission to study the January 6 insurrection.

  • Only 35 Republicans voted in favor of the bill, with GOP leadership expressing opposition.

  • Rep. Tim Ryan gave an impassioned speech after the vote, ripping into those who voted against it.

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Rep. Tim Ryan of Ohio ripped into House Republicans who voted against creating a commission to investigate the January 6 insurrection at the Capitol.

Speaking from the House floor on Wednesday after the vote, the Democrat thanked the GOP members who supported the commission and accused the rest of "incoherence" and of not "living in reality."

"Holy cow! Incoherence! No idea what you're talking about," Ryan began.

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He then compared House Republicans' pursuit of the multiple investigations into former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton over the 2012 Benghazi attack to their uninterest in investigating the Capitol attack.

"We have people scaling the Capitol, hitting the Capitol police with lead pipes across the head, and we can't get bipartisanship," Ryan shouted. "What else has to happen in this country?"

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Ryan also said votes against the commission were "a slap in the face to every rank-and-file cop in the United States."

He concluded: "If we're going to take on China, if we're going to rebuild the country, if we're going to reverse climate change, we need two political parties in this country that are both living in reality, and you ain't one of them!"

The House passed a bill on Wednesday to create a bipartisan commission to investigate the insurrection in a 252-175 vote, with 35 Republicans voting in favor. Republican leadership in the House and Senate have publicly opposed the bill.

The commission is expected to be made up of five Republicans and five Democrats, and is set to have the ability to issue subpoenas for relevant information concerning the insurrection.

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