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Dem Rep. Tim Ryan Yells at Republicans for Opposition To Jan. 6 Commission

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Rep. Tim Ryan (D-Ohio) is laying into Republican lawmakers who oppose an independent commission to investigate the events at the U.S. Capitol on January 6.

During a speech on the House floor Wednesday, Ryan yelled at Republicans for their opposition, after thanking those who do support it.

“I want to thank the gentleman from New York and the other Republicans who are supporting this and thank them for their bipartisanship,” Ryan said. “To the other 90% of our friends on the other side of the aisle, holy cow! Incoherence! No idea what you’re talking about!”

He continued:

“Benghazi! You guys chased the former secretary of state all over the country, spent millions of dollars. We have people scaling the Capitol, hitting the Capitol police with lead pipes across the head and we can’t get bipartisanship! What else has to happen in this country? Cops! This is a slap in the face to every rank and file cop in the United States. If we’re gonna take on China, if we’re gonna rebuild the country, if we’re gonna reverse climate change, we need two political parties in this country that are both living in reality and you ain’t one of ’em!”

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Ryan’s remarks came before the House of Representatives voted and approved a bill to create the commission.

The bill was passed with a 252-175 vote, with the support of 35 Republicans and all Democrats. It now heads to the Senate.

The commission would include an equal number of Democrats and Republicans, and members “would have to be experts in intelligence, law enforcement, counterterrorism or related fields and could not be currently serving in government,” according to The Hill.

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) both shared that they oppose a January 6 commission.

“After careful consideration, I’ve made the decision to oppose the House Democrats’ slanted and unbalanced proposal for another commission to study the events of January the 6th,” McConnell said on Wednesday.

U.S. Capitol Police members wrote a statementnot as a formal statement from the organization — expressing their “profound disappointment with the recent comments from both chambers’ minority leaders expressing no need for a January 6th commission.”

“The brave men and women of the USCP were subjected to hours and hours of physical trauma which has led to months of mental anguish,” the statement added.

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