Tough-talking House Speaker Nancy Pelosi says the House of Representatives is going to establish an independent commission to investigate who and what led to the murderous mob that stormed the U.S. Capitol.

A mere two days after former President Donald Trump was acquitted by a bunch of weak-kneed senators frightened of their own shadow, Pelosi dispatched a letter to her Democratic colleagues that the House would soon take up legislation to establish a commission to “investigate and report” on the attack and its interference in Congress’ election proceedings, as well as the need for better security around the Capitol.

Pelosi has already asked retired Army Gen. Russel Honore to reexamine congressional security for improved safety measures.

“It is clear from his findings and from the impeachment trial that we must get to the truth of how this happened,” Pelosi wrote.

Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham, who voted for Trump’s acquittal, said he wanted to know more about the timeline of Trump’s actions during this period.

“We need a 9/11 commission to find out what happened and make sure it never happens again,” Graham told Chris Wallace on “Fox News Sunday.”

The House voted to impeach Trump a week after the mob crashed its way into the Capitol, smashing windows, breaking into the House and Senate chambers, and rifling through lawmakers’ desks and offices.

The Senate acquitted Trump last Saturday on a 57-43 vote — 10 votes short of the two-thirds majority necessary for conviction.

“There’s still more evidence that the American people need and deserve to hear, and a 9/11 commission is a way to make sure that we secure the Capitol going forward and that we lay bare the record of just how responsible ... Trump really was,” Sen. Christopher Coons, a Delaware Democrat, said on ABC’s “This Week.”

Meantime, the economy isn’t what it used to be. Facing deep budget shortfalls, state and local governments have lost 1.3 million jobs -- losing more than 1 in 20 government jobs, according to a Washington Post analysis.

While tax revenues grew in some states last year, 26 states saw an overall government employment decline.

Texas experienced a 10% shortfall, Alaska had a 43% decline, Florida’s job numbers fell by 10% and Oregon had a 13% drop.

So much for Trump’s boasts of the greatest economy in our history.

Rescuing struggling state and local governments has been at the center of the economic debate in Congress throughout the year. Republicans oppose economic aid bills, calling it a “blue state bailout.”

The city of Dayton, Ohio, offered its 1,800 city employees a voluntary separation. Only 100 took the offer.

“We froze everything last year,” said Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley, the vice president of the U.S. Conference of Mayors. “When March and April happened, we said, ‘If it doesn’t have to do with the pandemic, we’re not spending.’”

With April’s income tax deadline fast approaching, it may be difficult for the IRS to make good on President Biden’s sweeping $3,000-per-child benefit to help our nation’s poorest families, which congressional Democrats have included in their pandemic tax relief plan.

That’s going to prove to be “a challenge” for the IRS, writes the Washington Post’s economic reporter Jeff Stein.

“This is a very important reform and should be pursued. But there is a big risk here of missing people who ought to be receiving benefits,” Howard Gleckman, senior fellow at the Tax Policy Center, told the Post.

The reason, Gleckman says, is that the payments would be sent to parents determined by their income tax returns, marital status and child custodial status from the previous year.

But there are as many as 3.2 million children who live in poor households that do not file federal income tax returns.

“Parents who do not file taxes are likely to be suffering the worst of the financial shock from the pandemic, which has battered those at the lower end of the economic spectrum,” Stein writes.

These are critical points Stein brings up that Biden’s advisers need to address in the midst of a severe economic crisis that is harming our poorest and most vulnerable citizens.

Donald Lambro has been covering Washington politics for more than 50 years as a reporter, editor and commentator.

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HavasuGuy

I welcome an investigation into what happened on Jan 6th. We need to have facts to be able to prevent this from happening again. I'll withhold my opinion until then.

Sandan

Pelosi is like Cuomo and Newsome trying to push a huge boulder uphill with the "media" push and deflect it...on top of someone else. Eventually it's gonna roll back down hill.

Beebee "KC", your copy and paste skills are awesome. Rough night night I'm sure with JaJaJoe being so emotional.

Allover, you know he can't be a sports commentator. Unless they can't see the sport to know the truth. That would be like writing fictional books.

BigBob

December 20th, 2020: the twice impeached loser tweets to his followers; “Statistically impossible to have lost the 2020 Election. Big protest in DC on January 6th. Be there, will be wild!”

January 6th, 2021: twice impeached loser delivers on his “wild” promise. At the very hour the 2020 election was being certified, with Vice President Mike Pence (and his family) in attendance, after whipping the crowd into a froth, the fool told his MAGAts; “We’re going to walk down to the Capitol and we’re going to cheer on our brave Senators and Congressmen and women. We will never give up, we will never concede!” (It should be noticed that “we” did not include Donnie).

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Minutes later, the domestic terrorists did as they were told, while Donnie and his entourage returned to the White House and watched it all unfold on television. The mob marched to the Capitol and desecrated it. Five people died in the mêlée, dozens were injured. The Confederate flag flew under the Capitol Dome of the United States of America for the first time in history.

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The election certification process was suspended. Lawmakers took cover in the gallery, in the basement, wherever they could find safety, as Donnie’s cultists trashed the symbol of American Democracy—at the behest and approval of the Commander in Chief.

alloveragain

BigBob (KIA), you should be a sports announcer, you blow by blow is full of excitement, and embellishment, i.e. "domestic terrorist" , they were protesters. If you were watching you precious CNN last summer, you would have missed the ultra violence in the streets of the great northwest, Detroit, New York, etc. They are all just friendly protesters. "cultists". Seriously?? It's hate filled posts like yours, that ignite an already simmering flame. Enough. We all know what took place. Enough already. Our "blow by blow" may be different than yours, but it's just as important that we all understand the unrest in this country. The great "Uniter" needs to get out from behind his mask, his curtain, and his basement, and get to uniting, and stop beating the rest of up for the lack of color in our skin.

kdavis

O boy Little cut and paste bobby the village idiot is off his meds again. Lets not forget that when Pelosi was the mayor of San Francisco she decided to release, to the MEDIA, unreleased info on a guy named Richard Ramierez who instantly went in to hiding and was able to kill more people, O and never forget Benghazi. Has always been and always will be a POS with her own agenda....

Yup

Pelosi is a waste of oxygen!

NorthLong

I hope her investigation also includes the fact that the attack was pre-planned and she and the capitol police did nothing about it after they were warned about it. Just another political ploy by her.

Too old for this

There are too many reports of law enforcement trying to warn Congress and the DC police that a massive protest was likely. It should not have been a surprise to anyone that, with enough people getting the crowd worked up, that some of them would attempt to storm the building. It was disgraceful, but predictable and predicted. Pelosi just loves to see herself on camera and will chase Trump until they are both dead.

IslandDeb

Exactly!

Too old for this

And skin!

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