May 28, 2021

Duckworth on Bipartisan January 6th Commission Vote: Republicans Would Rather Spread Lies than Defend our Democracy


[WASHINGTON, DC] – U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), a combat Veteran who served in the Reserve Forces for 23 years, issued the following statement after Senate Republicans blocked legislation that passed the U.S. House of Representatives with bipartisan support to create an independent commission to investigate the Trump-inspired insurrection that took place at the United States Capitol on January 6th, 2021:

“As Senators, we swear an oath to protect and defend the Constitution against all enemies—foreign and domestic. On January 6th, when terrorists stormed our nation’s Capital in an effort to overturn a free and fair election, brave officers and servicemembers sacrificed their own wellbeing to fight them off. They upheld their oaths, and they kept us alive and safe.

“Now, after members of both parties came to bipartisan agreement on a commission to get to the truth behind the January 6th insurrection, too many Republicans appear to have forsaken their oaths by blocking this bipartisan commission—making it harder for the American people and the world to know what really happened on that awful day.

“Once again, when faced with a choice between the truth and Donald Trump’s Big Lie, Republicans are proving that they’d rather spread lies than defend our democracy.”