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Rep. Cheney dubbed vice chair of Jan 6th commission

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By Jenny Goldsberry

Chairman of the House January 6th committee Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-MS) announced Thursday that Rep. Liz Cheney will be their vice chair. This comes over a month since the committee’s first session.

Thompson defended his decision, complimenting Cheney for seeking the truth. “Representative Cheney has demonstrated again and again her commitment to getting answers about January 6th, ensuring accountability, and doing whatever it takes to protect democracy for the American people,” Thompson wrote in a statement. “Her leadership and insights have shaped the early work of the Select Committee and this appointment underscores the bipartisan nature of this effort.”

Cheney wrote that she accepted the appointment to help in the non-partisan investigation. “Every member of this committee is dedicated to conducting a non-partisan, professional, and thorough investigation of all the relevant facts regarding January 6th and the threat to our Constitution we faced that day. I have accepted the position of Vice Chair of the committee to assure that we achieve that goal,” Cheney wrote. “We owe it to the American people to investigate everything that led up to, and transpired on, January 6th. We will not be deterred by threats or attempted obstruction and we will not rest until our task is complete.”

Cheney is one of two Republican members to the Committee. Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) is her fellow party member.

You can follow Jenny Goldsberry on Twitter @jennyjournalism.

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Biden supports ‘exception’ to filibuster to ‘codify Roe v. Wade in the law’

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Breaking Thursday, President Joe Biden gave his support to amend or drop the filibuster rule in order to restore perceived abortion rights lost following the Supreme Court overturning Roe v Wade on Friday.

While at the NATO summit in Spain, Biden said “The most important thing to be clear about is I believe we have to codify Roe v. Wade in the law, and the way to do that is to make sure the Congress votes to do that.”

“And if the filibuster gets in the way, it’s like voting rights, it should be we provide an exception for this, requiring an exception to the filibuster for this action to deal with the Supreme Court decision,” Biden added.

A filibuster requires 60 votes, and The Hill writes “There are not 50 senators who support changing the rules around the filibuster, however, making Biden’s suggestion unlikely to go anywhere.”

 

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