Nancy Pelosi is leery of Republican cooperation on a 13-member panel to investigate domestic terrorism. Nancy Pelosi’s H.R. 3233 proposed commission to investigate the January 6, 2021, insurrection died in the Senate as redundant, according to Republicans waiting for the outcome of Department of Justice investigations into the capitol insurrection. Nancy Pelosi’s motives were seen as political and designed to defeat her Republican opponents.
The Real Terrorism Threat of Riots
Republican representatives from Nebraska, Illinois, Texas, Ohio, South Carolina, and Florida introduced a bill, H.R. 4117, to investigate the Antifa political movement and its involvement in the nationwide riots of 2020. Republican Nancy Mace of South Carolina asserted that organized criminals overwhelmed those legitimately grieving over police killings of unarmed Black men, women, and children with horrific acts of violence.
Arson, looting, and vandalism accompanied the protests, especially in Portland and Seattle, leading to $2 billion in insurance claims. President Biden publicly condemned the violence, but he comforted and aided vandals and violent criminals blaming the Proud Boys and their militias for the violent aspects of last summer’s protests. Republicans say Biden lied when he called the Black Lives Matter protests peaceful.
The GOP Solution
Republicans insist that rioters terrorized American cities last summer. Angry because the Biden Administration dropped charges against rioters in Portland, Minneapolis, and New York, Republicans want justice for the victims and for law enforcement officers.
Republicans prefer a “National Commission on Domestic Terrorist Attacks.” Speaker Nancy Pelosi has veto power to reject Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy’s GOP appointees to her 13-member panel.