Biden signs legislation nullifying DC criminal code changes

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President Biden signed legislation connected Monday that nullified nan overhaul of nan Washington, D.C., criminal code. 

While nan president did not rumor a connection accompanying nan signing, he tweeted earlier successful nan period that while he supported statehood for nan district, he "[does not] support immoderate of nan changes D.C. Council put guardant complete nan mayor’s objections – specified arsenic lowering penalties for carjackings."

House Speaker Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., hailed nan move successful a statement, calling it nan extremity of what he branded a "soft-on-crime criminal codification rewrite that treated convulsive criminals for illustration victims and discarded nan views of rule enforcement."

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President Biden speaks pinch reporters earlier departing from nan South Lawn of nan White House connected Marine One connected March 17, 2023, successful Washington, D.C. 

President Biden speaks pinch reporters earlier departing from nan South Lawn of nan White House connected Marine One connected March 17, 2023, successful Washington, D.C.  (Anna Moneymaker/Getty Images)

Another Republican, Rep. Andrew Clyde, of Georgia, called this a "major first measurement to restoring rule and bid successful our nation’s superior city."

The Senate voted earlier successful nan period to artifact caller crime laws and overrule nan metropolis government, pinch Biden pledging to motion nan Republican resolution. When legislature transition appeared inevitable and nan president indicated he would sign, nan D.C. Council withdrew nan measure.

Demonstrators clasp a banner during a protestation successful beforehand of nan Dirksen Senate Office Building, Wednesday, March 8, 2023, connected Capitol Hill successful Washington.

Demonstrators clasp a banner during a protestation successful beforehand of nan Dirksen Senate Office Building, Wednesday, March 8, 2023, connected Capitol Hill successful Washington. (AP Photo/Mariam Zuhaib)

These actions marked nan first clip since 1991 that Congress nullified nan superior city’s laws done nan disapproval process – and a displacement successful nan Democratic position that nan national authorities should fto D.C. govern itself.

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Mayor Muriel Bowser vetoed nan overhaul successful January, explaining successful a missive that she had "very important concerns" astir immoderate of nan bill’s proposals. Bowser later suggested changes aft nan assembly overrode her veto.

"This is conscionable nan beginning," McCarthy said earlier this month. "It is simply a connection for nan full nation."

House Oversight Committee Chairman Rep. James Comer, R-Ky., has pledged that his committee "stands fresh to behaviour robust oversight of America’s superior city."

Then-House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy speaks during a news convention extracurricular nan U.S. Capitol connected March 11, 2021.

Then-House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy speaks during a news convention extracurricular nan U.S. Capitol connected March 11, 2021. (Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

"I’m acrophobic that we’re going to spot much of this for nan remainder of this Congress," D.C. Council Chairman Phil Mendelson told The Associated Press. "Does this raise a interest that location are going to beryllium different issues? Yes."

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The assembly maintains that the city's criminal code is successful request of reform.

The Oversight Committee has sent letters summoning Mendelson, D.C. Councilmember Charles Allen and D.C. Chief Financial Officer Glen Lee to attest astatine a March 29 proceeding regarding nan "general oversight of nan District of Columbia, including crime, information and metropolis management."

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Julia Musto is simply a newsman for Fox News and Fox Business Digital.