The refusal to open an investigation shows the profound influence that Trump still exerts on their formation
Despite the profound trauma that the violent assault on Capitol by supporters of former President Donald Trump, Democrats and Republicans have failed to reach a consensus to form an independent commission of inquiry. A failure that highlights the deep divisions that the country suffers almost five months after that tragic January 6 and the profound influence that Trump continues to exert on its formation. “The people are more willing to come together, I think, than Congress and legislators,” lamented President Joe Biden.
Ten Republican votes were needed to add to the fifty Democrats in the Senate to pass a procedural vote and reach the final recount on the commission of inquiry, already approved by the House of Representatives. Only six Republicans voted in favor, while the rest, aligned with their leader in the Senate, Mitch McConnell, considered that the commission would be a “purely political exercise.” that it would not contribute anything to the police investigations already underway, with almost 450 arrests. On the 19th, only 35 of the 211 Republicans in the House of Representatives had voted in favor.
However, according to its defenders, the commission would have included five members elected by the Democrats and another five by the Republicans, exactly like the one created after the 9/11 attacks, which had strong support from both parties. But the situation is very different and the United States is ultra-divided after four years of Trump’s mandate.
Fight hate crimes
Biden also took advantage ofhis last-minute speech on Friday-early morning on Saturday in Spain- to condemn the “despicable, inconceivable and anti-American” “anti-Semitic” attacks on American Jews and called for a halt. “We have seen a brick thrown through the window of a Jewish-owned business in Manhattan, a swastika carved on the door of a synagogue in Salt Lake City, families threatened at a restaurant in Los Angeles, and museums in Florida and Alaska, dedicated to celebrate Jewish life and culture, and remember the Holocaust vandalized with anti-Jewish messages, “lamented the president.
Along these lines, he asserted that he will not allow these “fellow citizens to be intimidated or attacked because of who they are or the faith they practice,” facts that – he criticized – have “terrified” the country’s Jews in recent weeks. “We cannot allow the toxic combination of hatred, dangerous lies and conspiracy theories to put our fellow citizens at risk”he continued, to remind that the Department of Justice will deploy all the tools at its disposal to “combat hate crimes.”
In a day of hectic activity at the White House, Joe Biden He also presented the master lines of his federal budget plan, estimated at about six billion dollars and pending approval by Congress.. The draft includes record spending for the most underserved communities by race or income level.
The accounts presented by the president also emphasize the development of water and transport infrastructures to return the country to the economic situation prior to the coronavirus pandemic. It also seeks to address social justice issues that took on new urgency after the murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis a year ago triggered a summer of violent street protests.
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