WASHINGTONU.S. Senator Chris Murphy (D-Conn.), on Friday released the following statement after Senate Republicans voted down legislation to establish a commission to study the Capitol insurrection:

"What a disgrace. I wish it weren't true, but the Republican Party is still effectively a cult of personality that cannot break from its morally bankrupt deposed leader. On January 6, the seat of our democracy was laid siege for the first time in over 200 years. The insurrectionists who stormed the Capitol were hunting for both Republicans and Democrats—and especially former Vice President Mike Pence. If we want to ensure the insurrection doesn’t repeat itself, we have to understand what went wrong and why," said Murphy. "But despite this bill being forged through bipartisan compromise, the vast majority of Senate Republicans decided to put their loyalty to one person over their oath to the Constitution in order to protect former President Donald Trump."