House OKs Capitol riots commission

U.S. Capitol riot on Jan. 6, 2021
U.S. Capitol riot on Jan. 6, 2021
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In a 252-175 vote, the House approved the formation of an independent commission to investigate the Jan. 6 Capitol riots. Even though most Republicans opposed the legislation, including House leadership, 35 GOP representatives voted with the majority.

The legislation now goes to the Senate, where a fierce showdown is expected between Democrats and Republicans. House Minority Leader Mitch McConnell has already signaled he plans to oppose the measure.

What will the proposed commission look like? According to the text of the bill, the commission would be made up of 10 members, appointed evenly by Democrats and Republicans. The chairperson of the commission will be appointed by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y.

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The commission will conduct an investigation of the Jan. 6 riots, review and evaluate relevant facts, and produce reports on how to improve the security of the U.S. Capitol complex.

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