Senate Republicans blocked legislation on Friday that would set up an independent commission to investigate the January 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol.
The vote was in favor of 54 and 35 were opposed - 60 were short, making it the first ANC-led Democratic Alliance bill to be interrupted by a Senate-based filmmaker.
Six GOP senators violated their leadership and voted with 48 Democratic members to continue contesting the bill: Lisa Murkowski, from Alaska; Rob Portman, Ohio; Ben Sasse, Nebraska; Bill Cassidy, Louisiana; Mitt Romney, Utah; and Susan Collins, of Maine.
Two Democrats and nine Republicans were absent.
Senen Pat Patomey, R-Pa., Missed the vote because of the family's commitment but would have voted "yes" to break the film, his spokesman said. His presence would not have been enough for success.
The bill passed the House with a previous vote by 252-175 votes, with 35 Republicans in favor. Attorney Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., And Rep. John Katko, R-N.Y., Senior Democrat and Republican top Homeland Security Committee.
Katko has won numerous awards on behalf of his party, including the division of ten nominees into the commission equally between the two parties.
But the Republican Senate, led by Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, has not yet responded to the agreement as a move as some in the party fear the commission's report will politically offend them and aim to control Congress in the 2022 elections. Former President Donald Trump has pressured GOP leaders to oppose it, with McConnell calling it "just a political thing."
Supporters of President Donald Trump climbed through a window during an attack on the American Capitol on January 6, 2021. Leah Millis / Reuters file
Senator John Thune of South Dakota, No. 2 in the Republican Senate, told reporters last week that some of his colleagues were concerned that the work of the proposed commission could be "weapons" for them in next year's mid-term elections.
"It has great political power," said Senator Mike Braun, R-Ind., Ahead of the vote, which was another indication of Trump's power in the party that continued despite his last defeat.
Friday's vote was delayed after a logjam decision on Thursday regarding China's competitive bill, which Senate leaders have agreed to pass.
Before voting for the commission, Senate Leader Major Chuck Schumer said to Republicans, "What are you afraid of? The truth? Are you afraid that Donald Trump's biggest lies will be removed?"
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has criticized McConnell and others for blocking the bill after Democrats acknowledged "everything the Republicans want."
"In response to McConnell's request, Republican Senators have surrendered to the attack on the January 6 faction," he said in a statement. "Leader McConnell and a group of Republicans opposed to the Senate over the fact of the January 6 uprising brought disgrace to the Senate."
McConnell did not speak in the Senate chamber before or after the vote on Friday.
Manchin is disappointed with McConnell
On Friday, Democratic Alliance spokesman Joe Manchin, of West Virginia, expressed his anger at McConnell, saying his action was "oppressive."
"Mitch McConnell has made it very difficult," Manchin said. "Mitch, I like to think, someone who understands this institution and would be better than anyone. He makes it difficult for something as soon as this commission. Commission is a necessary thing in this country."
"There are no excuses. It's just pure politics. And of course, it's disappointing. Sure, that's disappointing," he said. "I never thought I would see it so close that politics could hit our country. And I would fight to save this country."
Senator Lisa Murkowski, in R-Alaska, harassed her colleagues who opposed the January 6 bill, accusing her of partly ignoring election issues and still having to learn something.
"We can't just pretend that nothing bad has happened, or that people are just happy. Something bad has happened. And it's important to put it this way," he told reporters after a vote for the proposed commission was delayed Thursday night.
He said Republicans have a responsibility to try to find the truth.
"Deciding on short-term political benefits has taken the place of understanding and acceptance that was before us, on January 6, I think we should look into that," Murkowski said.
"What is this really about?" He said. "I want to press you more than once."
While Murkowski was speaking, Capitol police officer Eugene Goodman, who was hailed as a hero for his quick actions on January 6 to attract miners to leave the Senate, stood just a few meters away, standing in a room
Later Thursday night, in an interview confirmed by NBC News, Goodman showed Murkowski his phone and said, "You are trending."
He replied, "Wait, have you been behind me all this time?" Murkowski then hugged Goodman. "I'm worried, among us," he said.
On Thursday, Murkowski retaliated by explaining to some of his colleagues that the attack on Capitol during the issuance of the Electoral College results certificate was not a big deal. "This was not a tourist group that would pass. This was not a protest, it was a gentle one," he said, referring to remarks by Republicans in the House that the violence had subsided.