President Joe Biden announced on Thursday that he would sign a resolution blocking the District of Columbia’s crime bill, which had received criticism for certain “soft-on-crime” provisions.
Biden stated that he supports D.C. statehood and home-rule, but does not support some of the changes the D.C. Council put forward over the mayor’s objections, such as lowering penalties for carjackings.
His decision has drawn criticism from House Democrats, with one lawmaker calling it “amateur hour” and calling for heads to roll at the White House. Rep. Pete Aguilar (D-CA) also expressed disappointment, stating that it is disappointing for those who believe in home rule.
Democrat D.C. Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton expressed her disappointment, saying that this comes at a time of soaring crime rates. The bill’s defeat is being hailed as one of the few signature wins of the McCarthy-led House so far.
President Biden announced that he would sign a resolution to block the D.C. crime bill due to concerns about some of the provisions, despite his support for D.C. statehood and home rule.
House Democrats expressed their disappointment and criticism of Biden’s decision, with some calling for accountability at the White House. Rep. Pete Aguilar stated that the decision was disappointing for those who believe in home rule. D.C. Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton expressed disappointment at the timing of the decision amid soaring crime rates.
The bill’s defeat is seen as a significant victory for the McCarthy-led House. Commentary: The decision by President Biden to block the D.C. crime bill has drawn significant criticism from House Democrats, who are disappointed that their ally did not support them on this issue.
While it is understandable that there were concerns about certain provisions of the bill, it is disappointing that the White House did not work with House Democrats to find a compromise that would have addressed those concerns while still allowing the bill to move forward.
The decision also raises questions about the administration’s commitment to home rule and its relationship with House Democrats.
While it is still early in the administration, this decision highlights the challenges that lie ahead for the Democrats as they seek to govern with a slim majority in the House and a divided Senate.
It remains to be seen how this decision will affect the broader relationship between House Democrats and the Biden administration.