GOP lawmakers prepare to take a stand against soft D.C. crime bill

by Summer Lane

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GOP lawmakers in the House of Representatives are prepared to push back on Washington. D.C.’s overhaul of their criminal code on Thursday, perhaps heeding President Donald Trump’s call to “stop these deranged policies” issued just a few weeks ago.

In January, the Washington D.C. City Council voted to overhaul their criminal code, which would serve to reduce maximum penalties and sentences for convicted offenders, as reported by RSBN.

According to the Washington Examiner, the new criminal reform would also allow noncitizens to vote in local elections.

“The bill is a horrific catalog of the sickest and most twisted ideas of the radical Democrats’ ‘defund the police’ crusade,” Trump said in January. “And remember, for all the police that are listening – they want to defund the police. That’s where they started, and that’s where they want to finish.”

Per Just the News, House Republicans are preparing to present resolutions on Thursday that are expected to secure passage in the lower chamber to potentially block the D.C. criminal code. However, it is unlikely to go any further in the Senate, which is controlled by a Democrat majority.

Rep. Andrew Clyde, R-Ga., shared insight into the rash of violent crime that has arisen in Washington in recent days, sharing his insight from the House floor this week on Twitter. “Clearly, crime after crime is on the rise here in D.C., yet the D.C. Council’s bill will only make matters worse.”

The criminal code passed by D.C.’s City Council would reduce penalties for carjackers, slash penalties for convicted felons who commit gun crimes, eliminate nearly all mandatory minimum sentences, and make rapists and murderers eligible for early release, according to President Trump.

Via the Washington Examiner, the federal government holds veto power over D.C. laws.

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