Good morning. Both chambers of Congress will be out next week. We’ll be taking Tuesday off from sending this newsletter.
January 6 Vote Expected Today
After some chaos and delays on the Senate floor yesterday, senators are expected to vote on a sweeping research investment and China competition bill sometime Friday. That will be followed by a procedural vote to bring forward the House’s measure to establish an independent commission to investigate the January 6 attack on the Capitol.
Republicans have largely rejected the idea of a commission, claiming it would be a purely political exercise. The party is expected to block the bill when it comes up for consideration Friday, in their first filibuster of the Biden presidency.
The bill would create a 10-member commission modeled after the commission that investigated the terror attacks of September 11, 2001. The panel would be evenly divided between appointees selected by top Democratic and top Republican congressional leaders. The two sides would have equal subpoena power and would have to finalize their report with findings and recommendations by the end of the year.