Cicilline Remarks on January 6th Commission

May 19, 2021

WASHINGTON – U.S. Congressman David N. Cicilline (RI-01) spoke on the House floor today in support of the National Commission to Investigate the January 6th Attack on the United States Capitol Complex Act (H.R. 3233), legislation that forms a bipartisan, independent commission to investigate the attack and to recommend changes to protect the United States Capitol.

A video of Cicilline’s remarks can be viewed by clicking the image below. A transcript is embedded at the end of this email.


David N. Cicilline
January 6th Commission
May 19, 2021
Remarks As Delivered

Madam Speaker, I rise in support of the rule, and the establishment of a National Commission to study the events of January 6, 2021.

The January 6th Insurrection was a violent and bloody attack on our democracy.

Domestic terrorists stormed this building.

They did so in order to stop the peaceful transition of power to keep Donald Trump in office even after he lost the 2020 election, fair and square.

We have never seen this type of attack before in this country.

I pray we never will again.

But that’s why we need to establish a National Commission to understand how this happened, and to gather all the facts surrounding these events, and most importantly, to ensure that it never happens again.

I want to thank Chairman Thompson and Ranking Member Katko for working across the aisle to establish this bipartisan Commission.

The people who took part in this Insurrection caused great damage to this building, dozens of people were injured, and five people lost their lives.

But despite the horror of that day, our democracy endured.

And this Commission will allow us to understand how this happened and how we prevent it and gather all the facts.

The search for truth matters.

Protecting our democracy matters.

This should be a bipartisan vote. I strongly support the work of this Commission. And with that, I yield back.