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H.R. 3233, the National Commission to
Investigate the January 6 Attack on the United
States Capitol Complex Act
May 17, 2021
On May 14, 2021, House Homeland Security Committee Chair Bennie Thompson and Ranking Member
John Katko introduced H.R. 3233, the National Commission to Investigate the January 6 Attack on the
United States Capitol Complex Act (hereinafter, January 6 Commission). The January 6 Commission
would study the facts and circumstances surrounding the facts and circumstances of the January 6, 2021
attack on the Capitol as well as the influencing factors that may have provoked the attack on our
democracy. The House Majority leader has also announced his intention to schedule H.R. 3233 for
consideration the week of May 17, 2021.
This Insight provides an overview of congressional advisory commission structures and outlines key
features of the proposed January 6 Commission in H.R. 3233.
What Are Congressional Advisory Commissions?
Historically, Congress has used advisory commissions to assist public policy development. Advisory
commissions can provide Congress with a potentially high-visibility forum to assemble expertise that
might not exist within the legislative environment and allow for the in-depth examination of complex,
crosscutting policy issues.
Congressional advisory commissions provide advice, develop recommendations, or find solutions to
public policy problems, and may include nongovernmental policy experts. A congressional advisory
commission is generally defined as a multimember independent entity that
 is established by Congress,
 exists temporarily,
 serves in an advisory capacity,
 is appointed in part or whole by Members of Congress, and
 reports to Congress.
Congressional Research Service
Prepared for Members and
Committees of Congress

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