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Quigley Votes for Creation of Commission to Investigate Capitol Attack

May 19, 2021
Press Release

Today, U.S. Representative Mike Quigley (IL-05), a member of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence and the House Committee on Oversight and Reform, voted in favor of legislation to create an independent commission to investigate the attack on the U.S. Capitol on January 6. After the passage of H.R. 3233, Quigley released the following statement:

“We cannot hope to prevent future acts of violence like this one if we do not fully investigate what caused the riot and what failures took place in responding to it. The creation of an independent Commission is a critical first step in reckoning with the tragedy of that day. While I am glad that 35 Republicans joined Democrats in passing this legislation, I am appalled by the number of my Colleagues—some of whom fled for their lives on January 6 right alongside me—who continue to repeat the ‘Big Lie’ and are now attempting to re-write the history of what happened on January 6. I can only hope that the Commission’s investigation will force Republican leaders to tell the truth, once and for all.”

The Commission will have ten members: five members, including the Chair, appointed by the Speaker of the House and Majority Leader of the Senate; and five, including the Vice Chair, appointed by the Minority Leaders of the House and Senate.  Commissioners must be experts in law enforcement, civil rights and liberties, law, intelligence or cybersecurity and will be tasked with investigating the facts of the January 6th attack, including the insurrectionists’ operations and motivations as well as the response by local law enforcement and intelligence agencies.