H.R. 3233 passes with bipartisan support.
WASHINGTON, D.C.— Congresswoman Elaine Luria today spoke on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives urging her colleagues to uphold their oaths to protect and defend the Constitution. Her remarks came during the debate over H.R. 3233, legislation creating a 9/11-style commission, comprised of a group of independent, bipartisan experts, to get to the truth of how the January 6 assault on the U.S. Capitol happened and ensure that it cannot happen again.
Key features of the Commission:
The Commission will be charged with (1) investigating and reporting upon the facts and causes of the January 6th attack on the Capitol as well as the influencing factors that may have provoked the attack on our democracy; (2) examining and evaluating evidence developed by relevant Federal, State, and local governments, in a manner that is respectful of ongoing investigations, regarding the facts and circumstances of the attack; (3) building upon other investigations regarding the attack and targeted violence and domestic terrorism related to such attack; and (4) reporting to the President and Congress regarding its findings, conclusions, and recommendations for corrective measures taken to prevent future acts of targeted violence and domestic terrorism, including against American democratic institutions, improve the security posture of the United States Capitol Complex in a manner that preserves the accessibility of the Capitol Complex for all Americans, and strengthen the security and resilience of nation and American democratic institutions against domestic terrorism.
Like the 9/11 Commission, the measure establishes a 10-person bipartisan commission with five commissioners, including the Chair, appointed by the Speaker of the House and the Majority Leader of the Senate and five commissioners, including the Vice Chair, appointed by the Minority Leaders of the House and Senate.
Commissioners must have significant expertise in the areas of law enforcement, civil rights, civil liberties, privacy, intelligence, and cybersecurity. Current government officers or employees are prohibited from appointment.
Like the 9/11 Commission, the Commission will be granted authority to issue subpoenas to secure information to carry out its investigation but only upon agreement between the Chair and the Vice Chair or a vote by a majority of Commission members.
The Commission will be required to issue a final report with findings regarding the facts and causes of the attack, along with recommendations to prevent future attacks on our democratic institutions, by December 31, 2021.
H.R. 3233 passed the House on a bipartisan vote of 252 to 175.
Transcript of the Congresswoman’s remarks:
Like all of us, I watched with horror as our capitol was overrun on January 6 by those seeking to overturn a free and fair election.
As a 20-year Navy veteran I swore an oath multiple times through my career to support and defend our constitution against all enemies foreign and domestic.
As Members of Congress, we swear the same oath. We swear this oath not as a member of a political party, but as Americans.
There is no carveout for political expediency.
I implore every member of this body to uphold their oath, and vote in support of this bipartisan commission. The American people deserve to understand exactly what happened that day in January.
I urge my colleagues not to turn this into a partisan litmus test, not to pit Republican against Democrat, and not to perpetuate “the big lie.”
Finding the truth should not be controversial or a question of partisanship.
This is about our shared future — the future of this Congress and the future of our Democracy.
We must do this together.
I urge an Aye vote and yield back the remainder of my time.