House Passes Bill To Block D.C.’s New Crime Law

  • The U.S. House on Thursday passed a resolution of disapproval to block the Washington, D.C., Council’s Revised Criminal Code Act of 2022, which would lower penalties for a number of violent criminal offenses. The vote was 250-173.
  • Congress can exercise authority over D.C. local affairs, according to the District Clause of the Constitution (Article 1, Section 8, Clause 17), and Congress reviews all D.C. legislation before it can become law.
  • Congress can change or even overturn D.C. legislation and can impose new laws on the district.
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