The proposal previously passed the House of Representatives with the support of all Democrats and 1 in 6 Republicans after bipartisan negotiations. They also argued that if the commission failed to produce a final report before the end of the year, Republican lawmakers would have to spend much of the 2022 campaign season responding to its revelations about Trump's past ills and trying to sidestep his outbursts when their aim is to make the next election cycle a referendum on President Biden and the Democrats who control Congress.
CNN reported Thursday that McConnell asked other GOP senators to vote against the commission as a "personal favor" to him.
Collins was among six Republicans to move forward with a vote on the commission.
"We all know downplaying the seriousness of the insurrection we witnessed ourselves is just plain denial", Murray said.
U.S. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said on Friday the Senate would resume consideration of a sweeping package of legislation meant to boost the country's ability to compete with Chinese technology on June 8.
"It is unfortunate that we fell a few votes short of what was needed to begin debate on this vital legislation", said Senator Susan Collins, one of the Republicans who voted to create a commission. It was a rare Friday vote for the Senate.
A Democrat who is seeking a sixth term in 2022, Murray had publicly supported the commission, and earlier this year recalled her own harrowing experience on January 6, when she hid with her husband in an office near the Senate chamber as rioters banged on the door, trying to break in.
The bill was bipartisan and many senators from both parties said they generally supported its substance. Bill Cassidy, Susan Collins, Lisa Murkowski, Rob Portman, Mitt Romney and Ben Sasse.
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