Republicans in the U.S. Senate are expected to block legislation Thursday calling for the creation of a group to investigate the deadly January 6 revolt at the U.S. Capitol in a bid to prevent certification of presidential victory of Democrat Joe Biden on Donald Trump.
Trump implored thousands of supporters who had come to Washington to a protest rally “to” fight like hell “to undo his defeat shortly before the riot that left five people dead, including a federal police officer.
Republicans are expected to use a procedural tactic known as filibuster to block the bill that would launch a bipartisan investigation into the insurgency. If Republicans got their way, it would be the first successful use of a filibuster in Biden’s presidency to stop Senate legislative action.
The filibuster requires a super majority of senators, meaning 60 of the 100 members of the upper house must support the blocking of the measure.
Because the 100-member Senate is divided equally, Democrats would need 10 Republicans to vote in favor of the bill.
This is unlikely because many Republican senators remain loyal to Trump and are expected to follow Republican Senate leader Mitch McConnell.
McConnell, who once said Trump was responsible for “provoking” the riot, has recently dismissed the legislation as a “political exercise,” as Senate committees are already investigating security deficiencies.
The Democratic-controlled House of Representatives, which has 435 voting members, previously passed the legislation with some Republican support.