House Adopts Resolutions To Oppose The Criminal Code And The Dc Noncitizen Voting Bill- To prevent the nation’s capital from implementing the laws, the House on Thursday approved two resolutions that criticise the District of Columbia’s criminal code and noncitizen voting law.
According to the D.C. Home Rule Act, Congress has the authority to prevent legislation in the city from being implemented; this action necessitates the president’s permission and the passage of a resolution of disapproval in the House and Senate. However, the chances of the bills passing the Senate remain slim.
Democratic member of Congress for Washington, D.C., Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton, criticised the GOP-led initiative.
She said in a statement after the votes that “D.C.’s lack of statehood is a regrettable outcome of these deeply undemocratic, coercive, paternalistic disapproving resolutions.”
The first resolution targeted the Local Resident Voting Rights Amendment Act of D.C., which permits residents who are not citizens to cast ballots in local elections. The D.C. Council adopted the proposal in October.
However, the House voted 260 to 162 on Thursday to reject the bill. 42 Democrats joined their Republican counterparts in support, despite Democratic Whip Katherine Clark (D-Mass.) pleading with her caucus to vote “no.”
The House also rejected the updated criminal code for Washington, D.C., which the city council authorised in November.
The law was vetoed by D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser (D), which the council overrode last month. The new rules expand jury rights, reduce maximum punishments for severe offences, and eliminate most mandatory minimum sentences.
The criminal code resolution’s sponsor, Rep. James Comer (R-Ky.), praised the legislation’s success.
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He said in a statement that “today, the House took the first step to stop two of the D.C. Council’s reckless and hazardous laws from taking effect.” The capital of our country would become a haven for crime and the disenfranchisement of Americans due to these misguided initiatives.
The D.C. Council has prioritised radical proposals that would empower criminals to remain on the streets and permit non-citizens, including illegal immigrants, to cast ballots in local elections even though our nation’s capital city is in crisis, Comer continued. “We must ensure that these awful laws don’t go into action.”
Brian L. Schwalb, the district’s attorney general, claimed Thursday that the House was “interfering with local DC self-governance.”
“Today’s effort to invalidate our laws is not intended to increase justice or safety in the District. The current events demonstrate the urgent necessity for DC statehood and constitute political grandstanding, he said in a statement.
Schwalb continued, “Residents of the District are on notice that lawmakers intend to weaken our democratic process to earn political favour and are substituting misinformed politics for the views of those most directly affected, DC residents.
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