Protect Democracy applauds the bipartisan agreement reached today in the House of Representatives on legislation to establish an independent national commission to comprehensively investigate the January 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol Complex.
Like the deeply bipartisan 9/11 Commission, the January 6 Commission would ensure that the unprecedented attack is thoroughly investigated, that the American people are provided with a full picture of the attack and its causes, and that lawmakers are equipped with nonpartisan recommendations to prevent future attacks.
Protect Democracy had previously joined other advocacy organizations in calling for an independent national commission. Last month, 140 former senior national security and elected officials likewise implored Congress to establish a bipartisan commission.
We are grateful to Chairman Bennie Thompson and Ranking Member John Katko for their leadership in advancing this critical legislation, and urge continued bipartisan support. Today marks an important milestone toward seeking a shared understanding, protecting our cherished freedoms, and restoring faith in government.