May 14, 2021
Today an agreement was announced in the House of Representatives to create a bipartisan commission to investigate the facts and circumstances surrounding the January 6 U.S. Capitol riot, as well as influencing factors that led to the event. FixUS has previously called on Congress to create such a Commission and issued the following statement from Michael Murphy, Director of FixUS:
The attacks of January 6 illustrated in stark terms how dangerous the growing divisions and distrust in our nation have become. This heinous assault on our democracy must serve as both a reflection and inflection point, and help our nation begin the long hard work necessary to both understand how we got to this point and to ensure the environment for such events does not happen in the future.
Creating a commission to investigate the facts and circumstances leading to the January 6 attack is an essential step in this process. Today's agreement should be applauded for ensuring this investigation will be done on a bipartisan basis, which is critical in having its work and recommendations trusted by a broad cross-section of Americans.