Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) on Sunday said she was “optimistic” Democrats and Republicans could reach a compromise on a bill to establish an independent commission to investigate the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol but that changes needed to be made to the House-passed legislation.
Collins told George Stephanopoulos on ABC’s “This Week” that she believed there would be enough Republican support for the bill to pass, despite opposition from Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and others in GOP leadership.
“I’m optimistic that we can get past these issues based on recent conversations I’ve had with the Speaker of the House and the House majority leader,” she said.
Collins said she wants to see two changes to the bill that passed the House last week with support from all Democrats and 35 Republicans. The House-passed bill calls for Democrats and Republicans to appoint an equal number of members to the commission, but Collins wants that bipartisanship to extend to commission staff as well. Staff should be either jointly appointed by both parties or staffed in equal numbers by both sides, she said.
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