Collins additionally insists that the fee’s staffing is bipartisan, a delusion Republicans seized upon that the chair of the committee—appointed by Democrats—would have management over the staffing. The Republican member of congress who co-wrote this laws, Rep. John Katko of New York, debunked that one within the flooring debate. “There may be an equal variety of members on each side, appointed by each side, they’ve equal subpoena energy—they can not subpoena one particular person with out the opposite particular person on the opposite facet of the aisle agreeing, they’ve to rent a employees collectively, all these issues,” he stated. “We did this for a motive, as a result of that is precisely what made the 9/11 fee profitable.”
Talking of the 9/11 fee, former New Jersey Gov. Tom Kean and former Rep. Lee Hamilton of Indiana, the bipartisan leaders of it, have given their blessing to this laws. “As Chairman and Vice Chairman of the 9/11 Fee, unity of goal was key to the effectiveness of the group. We put nation above celebration, with out bias, the occasions earlier than, throughout and after the assault. We sought to grasp our vulnerabilities in an effort to stop future assaults or future acts of terrorism,” they wrote in a joint assertion endorsing the invoice.
“The January 6 assault on the U.S. Capitol was one of many darkest days within the historical past of our nation,” the continued. “Individuals deserve an goal and an correct account of what occurred. As we did within the wake of September 11, it is time to put aside partisan politics and are available collectively as Individuals in widespread pursuit of fact and justice.”
And as soon as once more cue Collins, who’s taking part in her normal very partisan recreation right here, carrying Mitch McConnell’s water beneath the guise of pretending to be cheap and bipartisan. In actuality, the commission is as bipartisan as it might probably get. Every little thing Katko stated on the ground is true; he was representing Republican Home chief Kevin McCarthy within the negotiations on the invoice and acquired just about all the pieces McCarthy requested for, solely to have McCarthy and McConnell trash it.
If Collins is being trotted out by McConnell to solid doubt on the invoice because it stands, you may be fairly positive there are solely two Republican senators who’re truly eager about becoming a member of Democrats on this—Lisa Murkowski and Mitt Romney—and passing the invoice. Collins goes to maintain her finger to the wind and in the end, after expressing her anguish to anybody who will pay attention, will reject it as not bipartisan sufficient. As a result of when it comes proper all the way down to it, she’s a Republican. Republicans made January 6 happen, with a number of assist from the Collinses of the celebration.
The one method this fee occurs is with Democrats. Which means Joe Manchin and Kyrsten Sinema must lastly get past thoughts and prayers for the Senate to return collectively, and get up for his or her nation. They’ll must abandon the filibuster.