Statement by Congressman Kildee on January 6th Commission

Press Release

Date: May 19, 2021
Location: Paterson, NJ

Congressman Dan Kildee (MI-05), Chief Deputy Whip of the House Democratic Caucus, issued the following statement following the U.S. House of Representatives passed legislation to establish a National Commission to Investigate the January 6 attack on our nation's U.S. Capitol:
"On January 6, hundreds of Americans supporting former President Trump stormed the U.S. Capitol while Congress was certifying the 2020 presidential election. It was the worst attack on our Capitol since British troops set fire to the building in 1814. It interrupted the execution of Congress' constitutional duty to certify the election, put Members of Congress, staff, and others in danger, and resulted in hundreds of injuries to police officers and the death of at least one Capitol Police officer. Additionally, there were four other deaths associated with the violence.

"Sadly, some have already attempted to downplay or dismiss the attack on our country. As someone who experienced this attack first-hand, it is sad and shameful to see so many Republican colleagues attempt to rewrite history. We need answers and accountability to prevent a similar attack from ever happening again, which is why I support a bipartisan 9/11 style commission to investigate the facts and report the truth to the American people.

"By design, today's bill creates a January 6 Commission that closely mirrors legislation that authorized the 9/11 Commission two decades ago, which has been viewed as the gold standard for bipartisan investigations to inform homeland and national security policymaking. The January 6th insurrection demands that Congress, and all Americans, come together in the same patriotism and bipartisanship that resulted in the establishment of the 9/11 Commission. Investigating and reporting on the facts and causes of the January 6th attack will ensure it never happens again."