Ted Lieu Praises Republicans Who 'Put Country Over Insanity' in Commission Vote

Representative Ted Lieu praised the Republican members of the House who backed a bill to create a commission to investigate the January 6 Capitol riot.

Lieu, a Democrat who represents California's 33rd congressional district, took to Twitter on Wednesday following the House's vote to approve a bill on the 9/11-style commission into the riot, which left five people dead including Capitol Police officer Brian Sicknick.

"Pleased that 35 GOP Members put country over insanity by voting for the bipartisan January 6 Commission," wrote Lieu. "I didn't expect this many House Republicans to break away from @GOPLeader."

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy had opposed the creation of the commission but 35 House Republicans still voted with Democrats and the resolution passed by 252 votes to 175.

"Given the political misdirections that have marred this process, given the now duplicative and potentially counterproductive nature of this effort, and given the speaker's shortsighted scope that does not examine interrelated forms of political violence in America, I cannot support this legislation," McCarthy said in a statement on Tuesday.

Lieu also criticized Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell on Wednesday after he expressed his opposition to the commission.

"On Jan 6, Sen McConnell's staff saw rioters ascend to a spot outside their window. The staffers were so scared that a convoy of cops had to be summoned to get them," Lieu wrote.

"Sen McConnell, meanwhile, was safe at Fort McNair. Why is he opposing a commission to investigate these crimes?" he said.

Pleased that 35 GOP Members put country over insanity by voting for the bipartisan January 6 Commission. I didn’t expect this many House Republicans to break away from @GOPLeader. https://t.co/ODkLREPH60

— Ted Lieu (@tedlieu) May 19, 2021

Lieu was referring to the fact that the congressional leadership was evacuated from the Capitol to nearby Fort McNair on January 6 as a result of the storming of the building.

The 35 Republicans who voted in favor of the commission included Representative Liz Cheney of Wyoming's at-large district, who was recently removed as House Republican Conference chair.

Representative Adam Kinzinger of Illinois also voted in favor. Both he and Cheney have been strong critics of former President Donald Trump. Representative John Katko of New York, who co-sponsored the legislation, also voted with the Democrats.

"Making this effort bipartisan is critical to ensuring we find out what led to this insurrection and what security measures are needed moving forward," Kinzinger said in a statement on Tuesday.

The bill will now head to the Senate where 10 Republican votes will be needed to pass it into law. McConnell came out against the proposal in remarks on the Senate floor on Wednesday.

"After careful consideration, I've made a decision to oppose the House Democrats' slanted and unbalanced proposal for another commission to study the events of January 6," McConnell said.

Newsweek has asked Representatives Ted Lieu and Kevin McCarthy and Senator Mitch McConnell for comment.

Lieu Speaks at the House Intelligence Committee
Rep. Ted Lieu (D-CA) questions Intelligence Committee Minority Counsel Stephen Castor and Intelligence Committee Majority Counsel Daniel Goldman during House impeachment inquiry hearings before the House Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill December 9, 2019 in Washington, D.C. Lieu praised the 35 Republicans who voted in favor of a commission to investigate the events of January 6, 2021. Doug Mills-Pool/Getty Images