(FreedomBeacon.com)- Despite the Republican leaders in the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives opposed to it, there are still members of the GOP who believe a compromise can be reached to create a January 6 investigative commission.
On Sunday, Maine Republican Senator Susan Collins said she’s “optimistic” that Republicans and Democrats can come together for a compromise bill that would establish the independent commission. That commission’s job would be to investigate the attacks at the U.S. Capitol building on January 6.
The bill to establish the commission passed along party lines in the House. It would need the support of at least 10 Republicans in the Senate if all Democrats voted in favor of it. In its current form, the bill has little chance to pass through the upper chamber.
However, Collins said that if the right changes are made, the bill stands a good chance of garnering enough support from Republicans. She told ABC that she believes at least 10 Republican senators would vote for a refined version of the January 6 commission, even though Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell has opposed its creation.
On “This Week,” Collins said:
“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.”
In other words, the Republican senator has been having in-depth discussions with the two Democratic leaders in the House — even though the leader of her party in her chamber has been against it.
Last week, McConnell said:
“I’ve made the decision to oppose the House Democrats slanted and unbalanced proposal for another commission to study the events of January 6.”
Collins seems to be breaking from Senate GOP leadership, but it wouldn’t be the first time she’s done so. She was one of seven Republican senators who voted in favor of convicting former President Donald Trump in his second impeachment trial earlier this year.
For the bill to stand any chance in the Senate, Collins said that two major changes needed to be made to the House version of the bill, which actually got the support of 35 House GOP members.
The first change would be to the party breakdown of staff members appointed to the commission. The House bill calls for an equal number of members to be appointed from both Republicans and Democrats. However, it slants staff members to the Democratic Party.
Collins said that aspect needs to be changed. She said staff needs to either be staffed by both sides equally or appointed on a joint basis.
The Maine senator also said she would want some sort of guarantee that the work done by the commission would wrap up before the end of the year. She, as well as other Republicans, are concerned that Democrats would stretch the investigation well into next year so that they could use potential findings as part of campaigns for the crucial 2022 midterm elections.
Even with Collins’ comments, it remains unclear if she could get nine other Republicans on her side if changes are made to the bill. And, for that matter, it’s uncertain whether Democrats would even agree to her suggestions in the first place.