For Ohio Republicans, National Security Takes a Backseat to Pleasing Trump

Columbus, OH — Today, Senate Republicans played politics with our national security and blocked legislation that would create an independent, nonpartisan commission to investigate the January 6 attack on our nation. The effort to block the commission had wide support from Ohio Republicans. The House passed the legislation last week with only two of 11 Ohio Republicans voting in favor of the commission and the other nine voting to sweep the attack under the rug.

And as soon as the House passed the legislation establishing a bipartisan committee to investigate the attack, GOP Senate candidates Josh Mandel and Bernie Moreno took to Twitter to publicly oppose the commission.

“Despite Republicans wanting to look the other way, Ohioans deserve to know what happened on January 6th and why. Keeping Ohioans and Americans safe shouldn’t be political. Ohio Republicans opposing this commonsense, independent commission are further perpetuating the Big Lie and are also playing politics with our national security in order to please one man: Donald Trump,” said Matt Keyes, spokesperson for the Ohio Democratic Party.

The January 6 commission was established following a bipartisan compromise between House Democrats and Republicans. The commission would be modeled after the successful 9/11 Commission and would comprise five Republicans and five Democrats.