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Beyer Statement On House Passage Of January 6 Select Committee Resolution

Rep. Don Beyer (D-VA), who represented fallen U.S. Capitol Police Officer Brian Sicknick and fallen Metropolitan Police Officer Jeffrey Smith, and represents Metropolitan Police Officer Michael Fanone, today issued the following statement on the House’s adoption of a resolution creating a Select Committee to Investigate the January 6th Attack on the United States Capitol:

“Today every House Democrat and two House Republicans voted to do the right thing and create a select committee to investigate the January 6th attack.

“House Republicans’ behavior in this matter has been disgraceful and appalling. They voted against legislation their Members helped write to set up a bipartisan commission modeled on the 9/11 Commission, then had the temerity to complain that today’s outcome was unfairly partisan.

“Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy spent months avoiding my constituent, MPD Officer Michael Fanone, before promising that he would take the January 6th investigation seriously. Today, while Officer Fanone and the mother of my constituent Officer Brian Sicknick watched the debate from the House Gallery, many of McCarthy’s members skipped the vote to attend a photo op with the person who incited the January 6th attack: Donald Trump.

“The attack on the Capitol was an attack on our democracy, an attempt to overturn our election through violence and fear. Too many people – including Members of Congress – still deny key facts about what happened, and why. It is vitally important that we establish the truth.”