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WASHINGTON, D.C., May 19, 2021 — Earlier this week, House Homeland Security Committee Chair Bennie Thompson (D-MS) and Ranking Member John Katko (R-NY) worked together to introduce H.R. 3233, the National Commission to Investigate the January 6th Attack on the United States Capitol Complex Act. This bipartisan proposal creates an independent and bipartisan commission to investigate the vulnerabilities exposed during the Capitol attack and protect our nation’s seat of government against future invasion.
Modeled after the 9/11 Commission, the commission in this bill is composed of equal numbers of Republicans and Democrats to closely examine the security review compiled by retired Army Lt. Gen. Russel Honoré and evaluate testimony and evidence presented in both chambers during subsequent oversight hearings. By equipping the commission with hearing and subpoena powers, Americans can rest assured that the commission can effectuate a thorough investigation.
“By taking lessons learned from the 9/11 Commission and ensuring this will be a bipartisan, balanced commission, Chairman Thompson and Ranking Member Katko demonstrated real leadership on this critical issue, ” said Kodiak Hill-Davis, Niskanen’s vice president of government affairs. “It represents a sincere commitment to bipartisanship at this critical time,” Hill-Davis concluded.
The Niskanen Center strongly supports H.R. 3233, the National Commission to Investigate the January 6th Attack on the United States Capitol Complex Act.
The Niskanen Center is a 501(c)(3) advocacy organization established in 2014 to change public policy through direct engagement in the policymaking process.