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here's the official notification of the first eight on the house floor. tempore: the gentlelady has yielded back. the chair announces the speaker's appointment pursuant to house resolution 503, 117th congress, and thed orer of the house of january 4, 2021, of the following members of the select committee to investigate the january 6 attack on the united states capitol. the clerk: mr. thompson of mississippi, chair. ms. lofgren of california, mr. schiff of california, mr. aguilar of california, ms. chaney of wyoming, mrs. murphy of florida, mr. raskin of >> kevin mccarthy was asked about inclusion.
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we will have his reaction after we hear from speaker pelosi. ms. pelosi: good morning. it's a good morning, because decision decisions as they are and difficult as they are and sad in some cases, they are liberating and enable us to go forward. as we gather here on the floor of the house right now, we are passing the invest in america act, an opportunity for us to not only build the infrastructure of america, but to build the middle class of
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america. it does so by putting equity front and center with the necessary focus on communities of color, rural communities and regions with persistent poverty. we are pleased that the president has come together in a bipartisan way with the united states senate -- senators for a bipartisan infrastructure plan. when we finish with this legislation, we look forward to continuing that conversation with them so that we can pass an infrastructure bill as well as a reconciliation bill. that was yesterday -- that's today. yesterday, we saw patriotism on display in the house when it passed legislation to establish a select committee to investigate the january 6th attack on the capitol. it has been our hope, all of us, our hope and work of our distinguished chairman, mr.
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beeney thompson for us to be able to have a bipartisan commission. passed in the house in a bipartisan way. it got the majority vote in the senate in a bipartisan way but did not get the 60 votes. they asked for another week, another week, another week, another week and at the end they said we can't do this until 2023. we can't wait that long and we went to establish a select committee. as you can see, i am very proud to announce the members of that committee this morning. our chairman will be beeney thompson, chair of the homeland security committee and negotiated the bipartisan commission and we thank him for his leadership, chair lofgren, having hearings for the safety of the capitol. intelligence being very
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important, adam schiff of the intelligence committee. pete ag did you lar, house appropriations committee, that is the committee of jurisdiction for this as well as the house administration committee. i'm saying this in seniority order. congresswoman liz cheney of the armed services committee has agreed to serve on the committee. she has a family matter and may join us depending on how long this takes. but we are very honored and proud that she has agreed to serve on the committee. representative murphy of the armed services committee, representative raskin, a constitutional scholar, over sight committee and major committee of jurisdiction, the committee on oversight also on the judiciary committee, which
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has standing in all of this. and we are proceed that representative luria, navy veteran, captain of the ship -- what was the title? ms. pelosi: retired commander and member of the armed services committee. her interest in this is long standing in the congress and also a member of the homeland security committee. now i just wanted to read the bill -- it's really important for you to know what our purpose is for this. and that is that the findings of the legislation speak to to the testimony of the director of the f.b.i. when he basically said there were more deaths from
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domestic terrorism than from global terrorism, in our country in the previous year. the testimony from the department of homeland security about concerns that are out there, all of these institutions talking about -- well, i hate to say this, but what they have said in terms of white supremacy, islam phobia, all of these attitudes that have contributed to what happened on january 6. and that is our purpose -- do we have -- you can go to speaker. gov to read the findings which establish the purpose of what we are setting out to do to make sure that this never happens again. i just put out a press release and you have the names of the
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members on the committee. it was our hope that we could have done this with a bipartisan outside commission. maybe one day that will be possible. it took 14 1/2 months for the 9/11 commission to be signed into law. perhaps this is on the horizon. but in the meantime then and in the meantime now, it is going to be a congressional investigation. then, i happened to be a co-chair of that investigation and it was bipartisan and bicameral. it might be hard to do bicameral since they limited the investigation on tear side as to what we can look into. i'm very proud. and as i say, decisions are liberating and enable you to go to the next step and the next step has always been to seek and to find the truth. we want to do so in the most
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patriotic and nonstart san way so the american people have confidence in the results. now it's pleasure to yield as i announce the chair manship of this committee, chairman beeney thompson of mississippi. a person who has fought such a long time to call to the attention of the american people the issue of domestic terrorism. we are very proud of his service and his leadership on that committee and very honored that he has agreed to serve as the chair of the select committee. mr. thompson. mr. thompson: thank you very much, madam speaker and i tank you for your steadfast commitment to getting to the truth behind the january 6 domestic terrorist attack on the capitol. next week will mark six months sibs the world watched in horror as americans violently stormed the citadel of our democracy to
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stop congress from carrying out its constitutional duty. over the last six months you have been laser focused on doing whatever it takes to get to the bottom and deliver the truth to the american people. you met with republicans more than halfway in an effort to stand up in a bipartisan independent commission. the reason i say that is i participated in negotiating what was to be negotiated and you did a good job. i thought from the standpoint, it should have been approved. we passed it in the house. but we could not get the senate to do likewise. so we have come to where we are today. your choice of this select committee and the approval by the house in doing so and the
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membership behind me, we'll do our job. we'll do it according to the oath we took as members of congress. but more importantly, we have to get to the bottom of finding out all the things that went wrong on january 6. i look forward to working with the members of the select committee, both democrat and republicans. i chair the house homeland security committee. we have a reputation of being one of the more bipartisan committees in congress. and that's because we work hard at it. i look forward to coming up with the causes and effect. it will come in due time. i can't give it -- a time line. we'll let the facts help determine how long we will meet. but i assure you that the product will be a product based on investigation, based on what
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those investigations bring forth and there's nothing sack crow sank in this review that won't be brought out in the end. thank you. ms. pelosi: any questions? no questions? i anticipated them all. yes, sir. reporter: house minority leader mccarthy -- ms. pelosi: -- go ask him about what he says, ok. reporter: i accept your appointment to the committee. ms. pelosi: what? that's a matter nor the republican caucus. we are full of responsibility and duty and patriotism and
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almost joy as we go into the 4th of july weekend as we weekend the birth of our nation, that we are committed to doing something that honors the vision of our founders. it's going to be a high level and it's going to justify the support of the american people. seas not political and i'm not getting involved of what goes on in the republican caucus. reporter: congresswoman cheney is going to serve. walk us through what that conversation was like once she said yes to you, what you asked of her? ms. pelosi: the conversation resembled congresswoman cheney's public statement. and by the way, i saw this morning, this is not about some of the things you had there, it's about what is in the bill
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as to what our purpose is. our purpose is not any phone call that mccarthy made or something like that, it's about protecting our country from the negative forces that provoked that attack on the capitol. reporter: follow up on a separate question. earlier this week, congresswoman i will han omar -- ms. pelosi: let's stay with this. we have some of the best leaders in the congress on this subject and i'm sure they would be happy to answer any questions. what do you have today? reporter: would you like to see former trump testify before the committee and is there a chance that the committee will subpoena him? ms. pelosi: i have made the appointments and the committee will make those decisions and look forward the republicans making appointments to the committee. reporter: the importance of
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mccarthy conversation with president trump -- ms. pelosi: i'm not going into that now. the committee will establish working with staff what the priority of timing is on how we go forward. we are not having that discussion right here now in this room. reporter: when do you anticipate getting start dollars? are you going to wait for mccarthy to choose their people? ms. pelosi: i would hope they choose them expeditiously. we have a quorum. let me go back to the purpose, because your presentation this morning reminded me that we have to remind people what the purpose of this is. whereas on january 6, 2021, one of the darkest days of our democracy insurrection intended
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to impede congress' constitutional mandate to validate a presidential election. this is something that is very important to all of our members, including, i might be able to say because she said it publicly, congresswoman cheney, the peaceful transfer of power. it is a hallmark of democracy. and then the department of homeland security issued on january 27, a national terrorism advisory system bulletin calling our attention for the need to act so that this doesn't happen again because there are perceived grievances from false fartives could continue to incite and commit violence and the threats of violence again that i referenced from the director of the f.b.i.
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i think it's really important, go there, you will have a clear path. questions for any of us? do you want to say anything? ms. lofgren: house administration committee has held a series of hearings primarily with the inspectors general looking at deficiency of the management of the capitol police and we found many. but that's not what spurred the attack but the response. the fact there were deficiencies in the management of the capitol police didn't cause the riot. we will make sure that the interim steps to be more safe at the capitol continue. but it's not a substitute for finding out what happened here, what caused a mob of americans to think this they were supporting the constitution when they tried to disrupt the
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constitutional process of counting the electoral votes, who paid for it, how was it organized. we need to find that out to keep the country safe. ms. pelosi: the capitol police saved our lives and we be forever grateful to them and enabled us to return so we could honor our constitutional responsibility prescribed in the constitution as january 6, not just any day did they have there as the republicans describe it, normal tourist day in the capitol, no. it was a date prescribed in the constitution. they came to disrupt the peaceful transfer of power and how could the capitol police suspect that the president of the united states would incite an insurrection. we want to support them and shore up any shortcomings not
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only personally but physically for the capitol. but always let us salute them for what they have did and in both houses we have voted a gold medal to salute their courage. mr. schiff, did you have something you want to say? mr. schiff: we know there was intelligence collected prior to the attack and we know there was intelligence that was not collected that was available to help law enforcement identify in far greater depth and detail the danger to the capitol that day. why that intelligence wasn't gathered, whether the intelligence was gathered was appropriately shared, whether that intelligence was acted upon, these are just some of the questions that we have been looking at in the intelligence committee, but frankly have not been able to get sufficient answers and it is my hope and
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expectations with the specific focus on the events of january 6, of the select committee with the staff dedicated to that purpose to uncover, why didn't we see this covering, should we have had advanced warning and the appropriate mechanisms that law enforcement can identify when there is a threat to the nation's capital and how that information can be shared, it's my hope through our efforts we can get those answers and put additional pleasure as needed on the agencies to be forth coming with that information so we can prepare for the future. ms. pelosi: thank you, mr. schiff. mr. aguilar served serves on the appropriations committee and house administration committee. did you want to share some thoughts? mr. aguilar: i just wanted to underscore that the focus of this is on seeking the truth. the focus is on making sure that
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the american public understands the threat to democracy that took place on january 6. there were real people affected by those actions. 140 capitol police officers injured, some of them permanently that day. five people lost their lives. staffers were barricaded here in the capitol. members were affected. everyone touched by january 6 deserves to find the truth of what transpired, what led up to it and how we can protect our democracy moving forward. i am honored to be part of this group and i look forward to chairman thompson's leadership. thank you. ms. pelosi: you would like to hear from them. >> i fled a country where political violence was how
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political transitions were made and never lived a day in this country where i haven't been proud to live in this country and we have the responsibility to protect this democracy. it broke my heart to be in this building on january 6 and see the political violence that occurred in a country i fled and countries that i worked on when i was at the department of defense happening here in our country. i look forward to executing my responsibility on this committee to understand what happened on january 6. what is motivating domestic terrorism and how we build a better whole of government approach to addressing domestic terrorism and how we secure the citadel of democracy here at this col. thank you. ms. pelosi: i'm proud of stephanie murphy's patriotism. she came together as a baby from
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vietnam and she has always talked about how much her family appreciates america. and she has served our country very well in the department of defense, now in the congress of the united states. but her story is one that is the american dream many times over. i want to yield -- no stranger to any of you because he serves on so many committees this regard, judiciary, house administration and the committee on oversight, mr. jamie raskin. mr. raskin: thank you very much. the oversight committee has been conducting for several years an investigation into violent white supreme asy. the department of homeland security has declared violent domestic extremism the number
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one security threat in the country and saw that threat explode right in front of us on january 6. so the impeachment trial of donald trump determined i think by robust bipartisan, bicameral majorities who incited the violence on january 6. but we need to figure out who organized the violence on january 6, how did they organize it and why did they organize it, what were the purposes of the different critical actors who were present on that day? that's why this investigation is critical for every american link and as yet unborn because we need to defend our democracy with everything we've got. so it's a great honor to be able to serve on the select committee under chairman thompson and with these wonderful colleagues.
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thank you, madam speaker. ms. pelosi: a title that very few in the congress have a right to, but we are very proud that elaine luria has decided to serve in the congress, commander elaine luria. mrs. luria: thank you and i stand here today as someone who served two decades in uniform. first time i took the oath to protect and defend the constitution against all enemies foreign and domestic, i was 17 years old when i entered the naval academy and i never thought i would be serving in this capacity why we had a violent mob attack our capitol. and like our colleagues have said we have to get to the bottom of this and can't be a partisan thing. i have spent on many deloifments to the middle east and striking targets, foreign terrorist
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targets. but one thing about serving in the military is we don't ask about political party or partisanship. i didn't ask are you a democrat or republican but it was about accomplishing a mission and i hope this committee can leave that partisanship at the door. the american need to know why this happened in our country and making sure it can't happen again. i thank the madam speaker appointing me to this committee. ms. pelosi: i have been informed we have four minutes left in the invest act and we are proud of that legislation and that is our purpose to do good things for the people. how proud i am of this select committee. so glad that beeney thompson will be leading it for us and that it will be bipartisan from
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the start. we are proud that liz cheney has made the public statement that she has made and that she has agreed to join the committee. another time she will say why and her purpose. but she has spoken very clearly about the committee and that gives us great confidence that we will be able to work in a nonpartisan way for the people. and as we go into the 4th of july in great pride in the fact that we will be closer to the truth because of the willingness of such a distinguished group to take this responsibility. thank you all very much. [captions copyright national cable satellite corp. 2021] captioning performed by the national captioning institute, which is responsible for its caption content and accuracy. visit


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