Press Release
For Immediate Release: 
May 20, 2021
Contact Info: 
Margaret Mulkerrin 202-225-3130
WASHINGTON, DC – House Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer (MD) joined MSNBC’s Kasie Hunt on “Meet The Press Daily” this afternoon to discuss legislation to form an independent commission to investigate the January 6th attack on the Capitol and House passage of the security supplemental. Below are excerpts from his interview and a link to the video:
 
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On Legislation to Create a Bipartisan 1/6 Commission
“First, let me say our first and best option was a bipartisan Commission which mirrored the 9/11 Commission, and that's what we offered on the Floor. That's what passed the Floor with 35 Republicans who believed that was, in fact, as Mr. Katko pointed out, an exact replica what we did on 9/11, had overwhelming support in the Congress.”

“But because the Republicans want to stonewall finding out the truth about what happened on January 6th, why it happened, not only who participated – and [Minority Leader] McCarthy is right, law enforcement is looking at that – but the underlying reasons, the underlying actions of the President of the United States, the underlying actions of Members of Congress for that matter, that ought to be done in a bipartisan fashion. That's what the Commission does. It's equal in numbers, both sides would choose the staffs, [in] consultation with one another. So, I think John Thune, the Republican Senator, had it right – they want to put this behind them, they don't want to talk about it, they want to look to the issues, as he's pointed out, for the next election. In other words, this is about politics for them. For us – and I say this, I think – not I think, honestly and sincerely, this is about our democracy. This is about an insurrection that was instigated and undertaken to stop the counting of votes for President of the United States of America. It was a profound event.”

“We need a Commission composed of equal numbers, as we’ve done, as McCarthy asked for; equal number of subpoenas, that’s what McCarthy asked for. The only thing McCarthy didn't get… was to look at a lot of other things to distract, disassemble, and to diminish the focus on the insurrection that occurred, stopping the counting of votes for President of the United States. So I think, frankly, it's a cover-up. It's fear of what the truth might be. It's a ‘hear no evil, see no evil’ approach to January 6th, which was a profound, tragic event in American history. A unique event in American history. And we need to look at all of the facets of it so we do not allow it to happen again.”

“That's what we've sent over to [the Senate] and that's our preferred option, which I think is why we offered it and why we passed it and in my view, that's why 35 Republicans, with courage [voted for it]… I don't want to put it in the past tense. This is our preferred option. I think [Senator] Schumer, [Senator] Durbin and I will, as well as the Speaker, will urge 10 Senators from the Republican side or more, to allow a Commission to get to the truth. That's what we want, the truth.”

On House Passage of the Security Supplemental
“Today, inexplicably, not a single Republican, given what happened on January 6th, given the assault on the Capitol and putting Members out of the Congress, stopping the business of the Congress – we came back and we finished our business, which was a testament to the strength of our institution - but having said that, not a single Republican voted to make sure it didn't happen again, that the Capitol had the resources to be secured and not allow an insurrectionist mob to threaten Members, staff, press, and all of the people who work here, and with the intent of ‘stopping the steal.’ Now, what they meant by that was stopping the counting of the Electoral College votes. Not a single Republican, as if to say that really didn't happen.”