Biden Supports Republicans in Blocking D.C. Crime Bill
President Joe Biden announced he will not veto a resolution passed by the Republican-controlled House which overturns a new District of Columbia crime reform law, assuming the resolution passes in the Senate.
The district is under federal jurisdiction, so Congress can overturn D.C. legislation. But this is the first time in 30 years that it has happened.
Now a shell-shocked chair of the left-wing D.C. city council says he's pulling the bill, which reduces sentencing on many felonies, including carjackings and burglaries, as it heads for defeat in a Senate vote still scheduled to occur.
You are justified in rubbing your eyes in disbelief that Biden has sided with Republicans. Even more so that this goes against the grain of Democrats who support home rule, freeing D.C. from federal jurisdiction.
The liberal online journal Slate ran a headline saying the president "stabbed D.C.in the back."
But Biden remains in touch with political reality.
NBC news reported in early January that the new year started off with a notable spike in crime in D.C. compared to the same period the year before. Thefts from cars were reported up 30%, car thefts up 113%, robberies up 57% and overall property crime up 42%.
Per The Washington Post, police records show that in the first two months of 2023, D.C. homicides were up 34% compared to the same period in 2022.
Just a few weeks ago, Democratic Rep. Angie Craig was attacked inside an elevator in the D.C. building where she resides. She succeeded in escaping the assailant, who physically assaulted her, by throwing her hot morning coffee on him.
Per Craig, "I got attacked by someone who the District of Columbia has not prosecuted fully over the course of almost a decade, over the course of 12 assaults before mine that morning."
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