Rep. Hill on January 6th Committee Hearings

Speaker Pelosi’s hyper-partisan January 6th committee will hold a primetime hearing tonight. They’re holding this hearing not because they want answers to the lack of adequate security at the U.S. Capitol or to understand the events of that day and ensure they are never repeated. Their singular focus has been to attack President Trump and punish those associated with him.

In the days following January 6th, I called for a bipartisan commission to investigate the horrific attack on our Capitol that day. I was proud to cosponsor and vote in favor of Rep. Rodney Davis’s bipartisan commission to investigate the events of January 6th to avoid the resulting partisan, Speaker Pelosi-driven committee we’re faced with today.

Speaker Pelosi’s committee has further polarized our nation. Her rejection of Republican nominees to serve on the committee broke 232 years of precedent. Her self-appointment of members who share her pre-conceived narrative demonstrates just how unserious this investigation is.

Over the past year there have been several internal reviews conducted to determine the security vulnerabilities within the Capitol complex that lead to January 6th. These reviews determined a lack of adequate planning and training, insufficient documentation of procedures, and an inefficient command and control structures – each of these responsibilities falling within the command of House Leadership, under Speaker Pelosi. Despite these internal reviews, including a bipartisan Senate report, a majority of the security recommendations proposed have yet to be implemented – leaving our Capitol vulnerable.

Speaker Pelosi has shown that she would rather put on a show for the American people than work on the issues hurting American families like record-high gas-prices, the infant formula shortage, crisis at our southwest border, and rising crime in our cities.

I am disappointed in Speaker Pelosi’s Committee for putting their own agenda ahead of the American people. We were elected to represent Americans – not our own interests.

I look forward to continuing to work on real solutions to benefit central Arkansans.

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