Senate Sends Measure To Thwart D.C. Criminal Code Revisions To Biden

  • The U.S. Senate on Wednesday overwhelmingly voted in support of a measure to block changes to Washington, D.C.’s criminal code that many viewed as soft on crime.
  • The city had proposed cuts to maximum criminal sentences and eliminating most mandatory sentences outright. Democratic Mayor Muriel Bowser vetoed the measure but the City Council overrode her.
  • The upper chamber voted 81-14 in favor of blocking the changes, exercising existing congressional power to intervene in domestic District affairs, NBC News reported.
  • President Joe Biden previously informed Senate Democrats that he would not veto the GOP-led motion, thus ensuring it will take effect as the House has already backed the effort.
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