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Portman Has Concerns About Proposed Commission To Study U.S. Capitol Riot

Supporters of President Donald Trump gather outside the U.S. Capitol, Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021, in Washington.
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Supporters of President Donald Trump gather outside the U.S. Capitol, Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021, in Washington.

Democrats in Congress are pushing for a full investigation into the insurrection at the U.S. Capitol building this past January. One U.S. Senator from Ohio has some concerns about it if it comes to the floor. 

Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio) has been sitting on a panel looking into security problems exposed during the insurrection. He said the report will be out soon. It will focus on the lack of preparation and poor response and will give specific recommendations.

“People need to have confidence and faith in this that it is truly a non-partisan effort and certainly a bipartisan report. And they need to know that it’s not going to drag on because we need to get these recommendations out," Portman said.

A pair of House Republicans, Anthony Gonazlez and Dave Joyce were among the 35 Republicans who, joined Democrats in voting for the bipartisan commission. But Portman said it’s partisan in some ways and fears the investigation could drag on into next year, preventing or delaying some changes that need to be made sooner. 

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