After Skirting Filibuster Fight for Months, Democrats Near a First Battle

The looming vote on creating a commission to investigate the Jan. 6 Capitol assault could reignite a clash over the Senate blocking tactic. Activists worry that time is short for a bid to eliminate it.


By Carl Hulse

WASHINGTON — With a showdown coming over the creation of an independent commission to investigate the Jan. 6 Capitol assault, Democrats are finally bumping up against the limits of what they can accomplish in the evenly divided Senate without changes to the filibuster rules.

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