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Congresswoman Brenda Lawrence

Representing the 14th District of Michigan

U.S. Rep. Lawrence Votes to Establish January 6th Insurrection Select Committee to Uncover the Truth Behind Attacks

June 30, 2021
Press Release

Washington, DC - Today, U.S. Representative Brenda L. Lawrence (MI-14) voted for H.Res. 503, legislation to create a Select Committee charged with investigating and reporting upon the facts and causes of the January 6th insurrection, as well as making recommendations to prevent similar domestic terrorist attacks.

“The American people deserve to know the truth about what happened on January 6th. It’s unfortunate that Senate Republicans turned their backs on our democracy by blocking the bipartisan independent commission. Let me be very clear, Congress has a sacred responsibility to ensure that the insurrection never happens again,” said Rep. Lawrence. “We swore an oath to support and defend the Constitution of the United States. A ‘no’ vote on this resolution would be a vote to sweep the insurrection under the rug. Today, I voted to create the Select Committee, uncover the truth, and uphold my oath of office.”

On January 6th, the United States Capitol Complex was attacked by insurrectionists attempting to impede Congress’s constitutional mandate to validate the results of the presidential election.  The storming of the Capitol threatened the lives of Members of Congress, staff, institutional employees and D.C. and Capitol Police – killing five people, injuring more than 140 law enforcement officers, and instilling terror and trauma among the Capitol Hill community.  In the wake of this domestic terrorist mob attack, many unanswered questions remain about its origins and the response to it.

The Committee will have thirteen members appointed by the Speaker, five of whom will be appointed after consultation with the Minority Leader.  This House-passed resolution does not require Senate approval or a Presidential signature in order to take effect.  This step comes after Senate Republicans, at the request of Mitch McConnell, blocked a popular and bipartisan bill to establish an independent 9/11-type Commission to investigate the January 6th insurrection.  That proposal was negotiated and agreed upon by the bipartisan leadership of the House Homeland Security Committee and was endorsed by the bipartisan 9/11 Commission Chairs, Thomas Kean and Lee Hamilton, as well as 140 national security experts.