Biden upends politics, precedent in pivot on DC crime law


A resolution to block new crime laws and the District of Columbia has split members of the Democratic Party. The GOP led resolution is expected to easily pass the U.S. Senate today with ample democratic support, including that of president Joe Biden and overhaul of D.C.'s criminal code late last year, includes doing away with mandatory minimum sentences for many crimes and reducing the maximum penalties for burglary, carjacking, and robbery. The new criminal code is set to take effect in October 2025, D.C. mere muriel Bowser opposes the overhaul, saying it sends the wrong message, but last month many Democrats in the U.S. House voted against blocking the new crime laws, saying D.C. should be able to govern itself. Murders have spiked over a number of years in D.C.. Donna Porter Washington

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