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Wednesday, March 3rd, 2021

Bill would create National Commission on U.S. Capitol attack

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Rep. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) has introduced a measure designed to create a national commission to provide a complete account of the attack on the U.S. Capitol.

The National Commission on the Insurrectionist Attack Upon the United States Capitol Act would also address preparedness and response.

“The country needed the 9/11 bill when we were attacked by foreign enemies,” Norton said. “My bill focusing on an attack from within – an insurrection – is just as necessary. The bipartisan national commission created by my bill would be above the fray of politics and give us clear, unbiased answers to what really happened on Jan. 6 and how to prevent such attacks in the future.”

Norton indicated the bill’s commission would draw upon all available evidence and prior investigations.

“The people who ransacked and defaced the U.S. Capitol, the people who threatened elected officials trying to fulfill their constitutional duty, were not foreigners; they were Americans,” Norton said. “In order to tackle this new internal threat to our democracy, we must understand it, and we cannot understand it without investigating how this attack on the U.S. Capitol occurred. This commission must be above the fray of politics to give us clear answers on what happened. The American people deserve unbiased answers.”