Congressman Langevin Votes to Establish a Select Committee to Investigate the January 6th Insurrection

Jun 30, 2021 Issues: Vote

WASHINGTON – Congressman Jim Langevin (D-RI), senior member of the House Homeland Security Committee, today voted in support of H. Res. 503, to establish the Select Committee to Investigate the January 6th Attack on the United States Capitol.

Last month, the U.S. House of Representatives passed House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Bennie Thompson’s H.R. 2333 by an overwhelming bipartisan majority. H.R. 2333 would establish a nonpartisan commission to investigate the January 6th insurrection. Despite being negotiated by Chairman Thompson and Ranking Member John Katko, Senate Republicans blocked the bill.

The January 6th insurrection was the worst attack on the U.S. Capitol since 1814. Scores of police officers were injured, one Capitol Police officer was killed, and four other deaths are associated with the violence of the day.

“I’m appalled that Senate Republicans have blocked the bipartisan effort to investigate the root causes of the Insurrection. Despite their obstruction, we must seek out the truth and investigate all facts relevant to the January 6th attack in order to prevent any similar violence from happening again,” said Rep. Jim Langevin. "Although this select committee was not my first choice, I commend Chairman Thompson for his relentless commitment to getting answers for the American people and preserving our democracy.”

H. Res. 503 would establish a bipartisan Select Committee comprising 13 Members of Congress, five of whom shall be appointed after consultation with Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy.

The Committee will be charged with investigating and reporting on the facts, circumstances, and causes relating to the January 6th insurrection, including the organization and execution of the attack, law enforcement and military preparation for and response to the attack, and other factors.

Upon concluding the investigation, the Select Committee will issue a final report to Congress with findings, results and legislative recommendations.