Washington, D.C. is one of the worst run out of all of the Democrat-controlled cities.
But the city’s Democrat Mayor is only part of the problem.
Now one insane veto may mean House Speaker Kevin McCarthy and DC Mayor Murriel Bowser may have just become best friends.
Democrat-controlled major cities are becoming increasingly chaotic.
Republicans are fleeing in droves, and radical leftists are dragging moderates and even outright leftists around by the nose.
That now includes even leftist Washington, D.C. Mayor Murriel Bowser.
And Bowser is bracing for more violence after the far-Left City Council overrode her veto of one dangerous pro-crime policy.
Bowser vetoed a bill that would decrease punishments for carjackings, home invasions, robberies, and homicides, but the D.C. council just voted to override Bowser’s veto.
D.C. Council law would get rid of mandatory minimums for all crimes except first-degree murder
Even The Washington Post is deeply concerned about the recklessness of the bill, arguing, “The far-reaching rewrite of the criminal code will further tie the hands of police and prosecutors while overwhelming courts. With the capital city awash in handguns, the measure would also scale back penalties for convicted felons illegally carrying firearms, as well as for using them to commit crimes.”
A little-known provision in the Constitution grants Congress “exclusive Legislation in all Cases whatsoever,” over Washington, D.C.
That’s largely been a formality since Congress enacted the D.C. Home Rule Act of 1973.
McCarthy to the rescue?
But “home rule” in Washington, D.C. is nevertheless different from other states’ autonomy under the home rule doctrine in that Congress must still approve any bill codified by Washington D.C.’s government.
The D.C. Council acknowledges Congressional review authority.
According to the D.C. Council:
“Unique to the District of Columbia, an approved Act of the Council must be sent to the United States House of Representatives and the United States Senate for a period of 30 days before becoming effective as law (or 60 days for certain criminal legislation).”
Meaning, quite simply Speaker Kevin McCarthy and House Republicans could enact a joint resolution disapproving the Council’s Act.
Of course, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and President Joe Biden could still stand in the way, allowing the pro-crime law to go into effect.
If history is any indication . . .
In 2020, inspired by Black Lives Matter activists, the Democrats and the media pushed pro-crime policies like defunding the police, cashless bail, and feckless diversionary programs for repeat offenders.
The New York Times ran a piece titled, “Yes, We Mean Literally Abolish the Police.”
Even Communist former New York Mayor Bill de Blasio lamented the fact that zero-bail policies led to higher recidivism.
And after the “Defund The Police” rhetoric began to hurt the Democrats politically, the Left tried to pretend they never supported such radical policies, but the receipts are out there.
Far-Left Congressman Rashida Tlaib melted down during an Axios interview when she was forced to defend her position that all federal prisoners should be released.
So who knows where Senate Democrats and President Joe Biden would come down on overriding D.C.’s new pro-crime law.
The bill would get rid of mandatory minimums for all crimes except first-degree murder.
And the maximum sentence for a violent felony with a firearm would drop from 15 years to four years, limiting the discretion of prosecutors to cut plea deals with offenders, particularly repeat offenders.
That’s definitely not going to make Washington, D.C. any safer.
Stay tuned to Blue State Blues for any updates to this ongoing story.