Congressman Cleaver Votes To Establish Select Committee to Investigate the January 6th Attack on the U.S. Capitol

Jun 30, 2021
Press Release
After Senate Republicans Blocked a Bipartisan Commission to Investigate the January Insurrection, The House of Representatives Today Passed a Resolution to Create a Select Committee Focused On The Attack

(Washington, D.C.) – Today, U.S. Representative Emanuel Cleaver, II (D-MO) voted for H. Res. 503, a resolution establishing the Select Committee to Investigate the January 6th Attack on the United States Capitol. The House Select Committee comes following Senate Republicans’ successful effort to obstruct a bipartisan commission, modeled after the 9/11 commission and passed by the House of Representatives with bipartisan support, to investigate the insurrection that occurred on January 6th.

“January 6, 2021, was one of the darkest days in American history. It is absolutely imperative that Congress conduct a proper investigation into the root causes of the insurrection, the lapses in security, and what we need to do moving forward to ensure another travesty of that nature never occurs again,” said Congressman Cleaver. “When the House of Representatives passed an overwhelmingly bipartisan bill—negotiated in good faith by the Chair and Ranking Member of the House Homeland Security Committee—to establish a bipartisan 9/11-style commission, I was hopeful we could cut through tribalistic politics to provide answers to the American people. Despite attempts from select Senate Republicans to obstruct this desperately needed investigation, I’m proud of the House of Representatives for refusing to simply move on. The American public deserves to know the truth about that tragic day—and with this Select Committee, we’re going to give it to them.”

The Select Committee will be comprised of 13 Members of Congress, five of whom shall be appointed after consultation with Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy. The Committee will be charged with investigating and reporting the facts, circumstances, and causes relating to the January 6th domestic terror attack on the U.S. Capitol Complex, including the organization and execution of the attack, law enforcement and military preparation for and response to the attack, and other factors.

Upon concluding the investigation, the Select Committee will issue a final report to Congress with findings, results, and legislative recommendations.

Emanuel Cleaver, II is the U.S. Representative for Missouri's Fifth Congressional District, which includes Kansas City, Independence, Lee's Summit, Raytown, Grandview, Sugar Creek, Blue Springs, Grain Valley, Oak Grove, North Kansas City, Gladstone, Claycomo, and all of Ray, Lafayette, and Saline Counties. He is a member of the exclusive House Financial Services Committee; Chairman of the House Subcommittee on Housing, Community Development, and Insurance; member of the Select Committee on the Modernization of Congress; member of the Committee on Homeland Security; and a Senior Whip of the Democratic Caucus. A high-resolution photo of Congressman Cleaver is available here.