Senate Republicans Vote To Block Off Jan. 6 Bill

CBS4's Natalie Brand reports on Senate Republicans voting to block the January 6 bill.

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- Dave, thank you. The bipartisan bill to create a commission to investigate the January 6 attack on the Capitol has failed to clear a hurdle in the Senate.

- Yeah, Republicans staged a filibuster to block the bill's passage. CBS 4's Natalie Brand has details from Capitol Hill.

NATALIE BRAND: Republicans used the filibuster to block a vote to create a 9/11-style commission to investigate the January 6 attack on the US Capitol.

- On this vote, the yeas are 54. The nays are 35.

NATALIE BRAND: Six Republicans voted with Democrats to proceed, but 10 were needed in order to move forward. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer says Republicans are protecting former President Trump's lies about the 2020 election.

CHUCK SCHUMER: Out of fear or fealty to Donald Trump, the Republican minority just prevented the American people from getting the full truth about January 6.

NATALIE BRAND: GOP leaders argue Senate committees and the Department of Justice are already conducting investigations.

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

NATALIE BRAND: Friends and family of fallen Capitol Police officer Brian Sicknick met with Republican lawmakers Thursday, pleading with them to support the legislation.

GLADYS SICKNICK: This was to uphold the Constitution. And right now, I don't think they're doing it.

NATALIE BRAND: Senator Schumer says the fight to create an independent commission is not yet over.

CHUCK SCHUMER: Senators should rest assured that the events of January 6 will be investigated.

NATALIE BRAND: Leader Schumer says he reserves the right to bring the bill back to the floor at a future date. Natalie Brand, CBS News, Capitol Hill.