President Biden told Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu during a conversation Wednesday that he expects a “significant de-escalation today on the path to a cease-fire” between Israel and Hamas militants, the White House said, publicly setting a deadline for the first time. Word of the conversation came as Biden traveled to New London, Conn., where he spoke to graduates of the U.S. Coast Guard Academy. It was his first commencement address as commander in chief.

Later in the day, the House voted 252-175 for a bill creating an independent commission to investigate the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol, with 35 Republicans breaking ranks with their leadership to join Democrats in support. The bill’s fate is in doubt in the Senate where Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said that he opposes a bill establishing a bipartisan commission.

Here’s what to know:

  • Former president Donald Trump lashed out at New York Attorney General Letitia James, saying her office’s criminal investigation into the Trump Organization is “an investigation that is in desperate search of a crime” and part of a “political and partisan Witch Hunt.”
  • The Biden administration has reinstalled the director of the federal climate program after the Trump administration removed him in November.
  • Survivors of the Tulsa Race Massacre of 1921 spoke at a hearing about the need for reparations to the Black families whose lives were severely affected.
  • Biden’s Supreme Court commission that will evaluate potential structural changes to the judiciary met for the first time in public, outlining topics the group plans to examine during its six-month mandate.