Press Release
For Immediate Release: 
June 30, 2021
Contact Info: 
Margaret Mulkerrin 202-225-3130
WASHINGTON, DC – This afternoon, House Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer (MD) spoke on the House Floor in support of H.R. 503, legislation to establish a House Select Committee to investigate the January 6th attack on the Capitol. Below are his remarks as prepared for delivery and a link to the video:
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“Madam Speaker, like many of our colleagues and many Americans, I had hoped that Congress would establish a bipartisan commission to investigate the terrible events of January 6 and what precipitated them. The House voted on May 19 to do exactly that.
“Afterward, however, the former President tweeted – and I quote: ‘Republicans in the House and Senate should not approve the Democrat trap of the January 6 commission.’
“The only trap laid for Republicans was a ‘Trump Trap.’ Forced to choose between a bipartisan process that many Republicans had earlier supported and demonstrating fealty to the former president who had instigated the January 6 attack, many Republicans complied with his directive, blocking such a commission from being created on a bipartisan basis.
“However, the American people are still demanding answers and accountability. They want to know that steps are being taken to understand what happened and take measures to ensure that it never happens again.
“Just like after the 9/11 attacks, we need to come together to ensure that a full investigation is conducted on an independent and bipartisan basis. That is what House Democrats prefer, as evidenced by our support for the legislation on May 19. Sadly, House and Senate Republicans have made it impossible to establish a commission on a bipartisan basis.
“So, the House will do its job and create a Select Committee to achieve the same goal. We will do it on behalf of the people we represent – who watched in horror as their Capitol was assaulted by a violent mob bent on overturning the 2020 election by force.
“I hope Republicans will participate in this Committee’s work in good faith with their Democratic colleagues to carry out its mission. And I still hope we can come together to create the bipartisan commission so many have sought – and still seek. The launch of this new Select Committee will not preclude that objective.
“So, I urge my colleagues to join me in passing this resolution today, and I hope we can begin to uncover exactly what happened and take responsible steps to prevent the events of January 6 from recurring. I urge a strong vote in support of this Committee, in support of transparency, in support of truth, and in support of our democracy.”