LIVE: House Speaker Nancy Pelosi Holds Weekly News Conference in Washington, D.C.

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    (May 20) Watch live as Hosue Speaker Nancy Pelosi holds a news conference on Capitol Hill on Thursday, May 20, 2021, in Washington, D.C.

    The Democratic-controlled House passed legislation to create an independent bipartisan commission to investigate the Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol, with 35 Republicans breaking ranks with their leaders to support the probe.

    The 252-175 vote sends the bill to the Senate, where its fate is uncertain after Minority Leader Mitch McConnell earlier Wednesday announced his opposition. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer has vowed to bring it to a vote, but he would need at least 10 GOP senators to go along.

    The commission legislation was the result of a compromise worked by Homeland Security Chair Bennie Thompson of Mississippi and the panel’s top Republican, John Katko of New York, and designed to address GOP objections to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s original plan. But it turned into another test of Republican loyalty to former President Donald Trump, whose supporters attacked the Capitol while Congress was certifying the Electoral College votes that made Joe Biden president.

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