The bipartisan House Problem Solvers Caucus late Tuesday announced its support for the formation of an independent commission to investigate the Jan. 6 storming of the Capitol by a pro-Trump mob, in the latest sign that House Republicans will likely join Democrats on Wednesday in approving the measure.
The news comes as House Republican leaders are urging members to vote against the legislation, and as former president Donald Trump is denouncing the proposal as a “trap.”
In a statement, the 58-member Problem Solvers Caucus, which is split evenly among Republicans and Democrats, said that more than 75 percent of its membership backs the legislation.
“The National Commission to Investigate the January 6 Attack on the United States Capitol Complex Act (H.R. 3233) would create a Commission consisting of 10 members, five Republicans and five Democrats, who would issue a final report on the facts related to the attempted insurrection and provide recommendations to ensure an attack like January 6th can never take place again,” the group said in endorsing the plan.
Earlier Tuesday, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) announced his opposition to the bipartisan deal, arguing that the commission should be looking into other acts of politically charged violence in addition to the events of Jan. 6.
Trump echoed that argument in a statement Tuesday night, declaring that House and Senate Republicans “should not approve the Democrat trap of the January 6 Commission.”
“It is just more partisan unfairness and unless the murders, riots, and fire bombings in Portland, Minneapolis, Seattle, Chicago, and New York are also going to be studied, this discussion should be ended immediately,” Trump said. “Republicans must get much tougher and much smarter, and stop being used by the Radical Left. Hopefully, Mitch McConnell and Kevin McCarthy are listening!”
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), meanwhile, has said that the Senate GOP is “undecided” about whether to back the commission and is “willing to listen” to arguments in favor of the panel.