Washington DC’s city council approved legislation that would roll back all sorts of criminal penalties because, you know, the city doesn’t have enough crime. Even DC Mayor Muriel Bowser opposed it, but her veto was overriden.
So the House, since Congress still partially runs the District, passed legislation nullifying the bill. The Senate may do so as well. President Biden could veto it, but in an incredible show of sanity, he said he won’t!
According to Fox News:
President Biden informed Senate Democrats in a closed-door meeting Thursday that he won’t veto legislation blocking the Washington, D.C., Council’s move to soften crime laws.
Following the meeting, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., confirmed the president’s plans to sign the bill once it gets to his desk.
Biden also tweeted upon returning to the White House: “I support D.C. Statehood and home-rule – but I don’t support some of the changes D.C. Council put forward over the Mayor’s objections – such as lowering penalties for carjackings. If the Senate votes to overturn what D.C. Council did – I’ll sign it.”
In February, the House approved the resolution — which was introduced by Rep. Andrew Clyde, R-Ga. — in a 250-173 vote which garnered both Republican and Democratic support. A companion bill introduced by Sen. Bill Hagerty, R-Tenn., is expected to pass the Senate over the next week.