The bill creating the commission could be officially considered in the House by next week.
"There has been a growing consensus that the January 6th attack is of a complexity and national significance that what we need [is] an independent commission to investigate", Thompson and Katko said in a joint statement. The group is tasked with producing a final report by December 31 with "findings regarding the facts and causes of the attack" and solutions to prevent attacks on the Capitol and other "democratic institutions".
The deal was announced by House Homeland Security Committee Chair Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., and ranking member John Katko, R-N.Y., and is modeled by the bipartisan Congressional investigation that took place after 9/11.
Like the September 11 panel, the proposed 10-member panel would have five commissioners appointed by each party as well as subpoena authority. He was referring to Rep. John Katko (R-N.Y.), the ranking member on the committee, who notably was among 10 Republicans to vote to impeach former President Donald Trump over his January 6 speech that House Democrats claimed incited the January 6 breach. House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy said after the announcement that he had not read the details yet and did not signal whether he would support it.
The commissioners, who can not be current government employees, "must have significant expertise in the areas of law enforcement, civil rights, civil liberties, privacy, intelligence, and cybersecurity", the proposal said.
"This is about facts, not partisan politics", Katko said, adding he expects the commission's investigation will help "ensure nothing like this happens ever again".
The 10-person commission will look into the factors that caused the incident and the "influencing factors that may have provoked the attack on our democracy", said a press release from the committee.
Republicans on the House Homeland Security Committee have caved to Democrats' demands for a 9/11-style commission to investigate the January 6 Capitol riot. Subpoenas will require authorization from the majority of commission members or an agreement between the commission chair and vice chair.
"Inaction - or just moving on - is simply not an option", Thompson said.
During the impeachment, House Democrats, citing reports from the New York Times and other media, had claimed that Sicknick was beaten to death by a group of protesters on January 6 before the NY Times updated its report to say there was no evidence to support that claim.
At a House hearing on what went wrong that day, Gosar questioned former acting Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen about the death of Ashli Babbitt, an Air Force veteran who was part of the mob that attacked the Capitol.
Rep. Liz Cheney, who this week was ousted from her No. 3 leadership spot over repeated condemnations of former President Donald Trump's unfounded claims that the 2020 election was rigged, applauded the commission and called on her colleagues to pass the bill with "no delay". While it is nearly certain to gain majority support from the Democratic-led House, Republicans will have to decide whether to side moderates like Katko, who struck the deal, or GOPleaders who continue to look sneeringly on the product.
Cheney and Katko are two of 10 HouseRepublicans who voted with Democrats in February to impeach Trump for inciting theinsurrection against Congress, as it worked to tally the electoral college results.
A majority of the public supports the creation of an independent commission to look into the attacks, according to recent polling.