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In January, the District of Columbia City Council unanimously passed a crime bill that would reduce the penalties for violent crimes such as carjackings and robberies.
Washington, D.C., Mayor Muriel Bowser vetoed the bill, but the City Council overrode her veto by a 12-1 vote, according to The Hill. Because D.C. is not a state, legislation must be approved by Congress before it can be enacted.
Last month, the House voted 250-173 for a resolution to block the changes to D.C.’s criminal code. Although the majority of Democrats voted against the measure, meaning they wanted the D.C. crime bill to become law, 31 caucus members voted with the GOP.
Speaking with Senate Democrats on Thursday, President Joe Biden revealed he would sign the resolution to overturn the D.C. bill. He had previously signaled plans to veto the measure.
According to The Hill, “the White House issued a Statement of Administration Policy opposing the resolution and backing D.C. … The declaration from the Office of Management and Budget called on Congress to ‘respect the District of Columbia’s autonomy to govern its own local affairs.’”
But, following the Thursday meeting, Biden reiterated that “if the Senate votes to overturn what D.C. Council did — I’ll sign it.”
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