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Despite Support from Portman and Brown, Vote to Create Jan 6 Commission Falls Short in US Senate

Insurrection on Jan 6, 2021
Thomas Hengee
Supporters of former President Donald Trump damaged the Capitol during an insurrection on Jan 6, 2021.

Both of Ohio’s U.S. Senators voted for the establishment of a commission to investigate the January 6th insurrection. 

Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio) broke ranks with his party to vote with Democrats, including Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), to establish an independent commission to investigate the insurrection. Portman was one of six Republicans who voted for the plan. But it fell short of the 60 votes needed to overcome a GOP filibuster.

Had this passed, the commission would have had subpoena powers – something a Senate panel Portman served on didn’t have.

Five people died on January 6th after a mob supporting former President Trump stormed the U.S. Capitol while Congress was certifying the election of President Joe Biden. 

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