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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
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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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