DC Council Chairman withdraws controversial crime bill

Washington, D.C. Council Chairman Phil Mendelson announced Monday that he has withdrawn a controversial criminal code bill from the Senate to forestall a vote against it. 

At a press conference, Mendelson said the bill would be reworked and submitted again to the House and Senate some time in the future.

This comes after President Biden informed Senate Democrats in a closed-door meeting Thursday that he would not veto legislation blocking the D.C. Council’s move to soften crime laws.

Following the meeting, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., confirmed the president’s plans to sign the bill once it gets to his desk. 

Biden also tweeted upon returning to the White House: “I support D.C. Statehood and home-rule – but I don’t support some of the changes D.C. Council put forward over the Mayor’s objections – such as lowering penalties for carjackings. If the Senate votes to overturn what D.C. Council did – I’ll sign it.”

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