The Six Republican Senators Who Voted For a January 6 Commission

Six Republican senators voted in favor of creating a bipartisan commission to investigate the deadly Capitol riot on January 6.

The Senate voted 54 to 35 in favor of advancing the commission but the majority failed to reach the 60 votes needed to overcome the filibuster, effectively sinking the commission.

Forty-eight Democrats and six Republicans voted in favor. There were eleven senators who did not vote, including two Democrats.

Those Republicans who voted in favor were: Bill Cassidy of Louisiana, Susan Collins of Maine, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, Rob Portman of Ohio, Mitt Romney of Utah and Ben Sasse of Nebraska.

Of these six senators, all but one voted to convict former President Donald Trump at his second impeachment trial earlier this year.

Portman voted to acquit Trump on February 13 but backed advancing the commission on Friday.

Murkowski had been outspoken in her support for the commission and criticized her own party's opposition to it, saying the GOP was "making a decision for the short-term political gain at the expense of understanding and acknowledging what was in front of us on January 6."

"Truth is hard stuff, but we've got a responsibility to it," Murkowski said.

Romney, who was the Republican candidate for president in 2012, warned on May 26 that members of his party opposing the commission would create the impression that the GOP does not want "the truth" to be known.

"I think the perception is on the part of the public that the January 6 Commission just trying to get to the truth of what happened, and that Republicans would be seen as not wanting to let the truth come out," Romney told CNN.

"I don't believe that's what's the motivation but I think that's the perception," he said.

Collins had attempted to overcome the Senate filibuster by making revisions to the bill passed by the House in order to make the commission more bipartisan. She hoped that Republicans could accept the altered version.

"I authored a bipartisan amendment that would have helped ensure that the commission operated in a bipartisan and fair manner and that it completed its work in a timely manner," Collins said in a statement following Friday's vote.

"It is unfortunate that we fell a few votes short of what was needed to begin debate on this vital legislation needed to help us better understand that terrible day. The American people, and particularly the men and women of the Capitol and District of Columbia police forces who fought so valiantly that day, deserve answers and recommendations that an independent, bipartisan commission would be able to provide."

Newsweek has contacted the six senators' offices for comment.

Collins and Murkowski Speak to Alejandro Mayorkas
Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas, left, talks with Senators Susan Collins (R-ME), center, and Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), right, during a break as the Senate Appropriations committee holds a hearing to examine domestic violent extremism, on May 12, 2020 in Washington, DC. Both Murkowski and Collins voted in favor of the January 6 commission on Friday. Bill O’Leary-Pool/Getty Images