Sen Murkowski just spoke to reporters about her frustration that her GOP colleagues will block a January 6th Commish from being formed.

"It's important that there be a focus on the facts, and on the truth, and that may be unsettling, but we need to understand that," she said.
Standing just steps from Ofc Goodman, who directed rioters away from Senators being evacuated on Jan 6, Murkowski said "we just can't pretend that nothing bad happened, or that people just got too excitable. Something bad happened. And it's important to lay that out."
Murkowski on why she wants a Jan 6 Commission: "I think there's more to be learned. I want to know more. And I want to know and I don't want to know. I don't want to know, but I need to know."
Murkowksi on McConnell rejecting Jan 6 commission:

"To be making a decision for the short-term political gain at the expense of understanding and acknowledging what was in front of us on January 6th, I think we need to look at that critically. Is that really what this is about?"
"Is everything is just one election cycle after another?" Murkowski asks about the political calculation republicans are making in rejecting the Jan 6 Commission,

"I kind of want that to endure beyond just one election cycle," she said.
MURKOWSKI:"Is it going to reveal anything more that we would have gotten otherwise? I don't know & I guess now we'll never know. Isn't that part of the problem that we'll never know?"

"We'll keep wondering, it'll never be resolved it will always be hanging out there," she said.

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28 May
A motion to move forward on a House-passed bill to establish a Jan 6th Commission has failed to get the 60 votes needed to pass, 54-35.

It was blocked by Republicans, led by Sen McConnell, who are worried the findings of the commission will be used to hurt them politically.
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*Voted to convict President Trump of inciting the insurrection at the Capitol.
11 Senators who missed this Jan 6 Commission procedural vote:
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And Sen @RonJohnsonWI is the only Senator sitting in the chamber (other than @ReverendWarnock who is presiding) as the clerk reads every word of the 628-page COVID relief bill, a reading he requested.
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Everyone else is gone.
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He has said in the past that he'd like to see the NDAA expire and not be renewed (this would be the 60th year in a row it has passed).

I'm going to bed.
Here’s what was decided on a potential NDAA override in the Senate:

IF Trump vetoes the bill, & IF the House votes to override on Dec 28th, the Senate will come back on Dec 29th to start the process to do the same.

That process can take days, so goal = finish before noon Jan 3.
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