The U.S. Senate on March 8 overwhelmingly approved a House-passed bill that would overturn a controversial Washington, D.C. crime law that critics have blasted as being soft on crime. The measure will next go to the desk of President Joe Biden, who’s said he wouldn’t veto the bill.
The chamber passed the measure in an 81–14 vote.
The resolution would block the Revised Criminal Code Act (RCC), a law passed by the D.C. Council that lessens penalties for some violent crimes, such as carjackings and home burglaries. The reform was introduced as the district is experiencing a record-breaking crime wave.
That law was initially vetoed by Washington Mayor Muriel Bowser, but the Council later overruled Bowser’s veto in a 12–1 vote.
Earlier this week, the D.C. Council member who introduced the revised criminal code said he plans to withdraw the measure amid the rising congressional backlash and after Biden said he wouldn’t veto the resolution if passed.
In a Democrat-controlled Senate that can rarely agree on much of anything, the resolution to overturn the crime bill overwhelmingly passed the upper chamber, despite some Democrats’ efforts to paint the resolution as a kind of congressional colonialism.
Here are the 14 senators who voted against overturning the Washington crime bill.
Senators Who Voted Against the Resolution
Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.)
Sen. Benjamin Cardin (D-Md.)
Sen. Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.)
Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.)
Sen. Maize Hirono (D-Hawaii)
Sen. Ed Markey (D-Mass.)
Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.)
Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.)
Sen. Jack Reed (D-R.I.)
Sen. Sanders (I-Vt.)
Sen. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.)
Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.)
Sen. Peter Welch (D-Vt.)
Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.)
In addition to the “no” votes, five senators voted “present” or did not vote at all.
Sen. Raphael Warnock (D-Ga.) was the only senator to vote “present” on the measure.
The following four lawmakers did not cast a vote at all.
Sen. Tom Carper (D-Dela.)
Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.)
Sen. John Fetterman (D-Pa.)
Sen. James Risch (R-Idaho)
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