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Biden won't veto GOP measure to repeal changes to D.C. criminal code, report

The GOP-control House in recent weeks passed the measure with support from chamber Democrats.

Published: March 2, 2023 2:10pm

Updated: March 2, 2023 2:34pm

President Joe Biden on Thursday reportedly told Senate Democrats that he will not veto a Republican-backed effort to make changes to Washington, D.C.'s criminal code that has been widely criticized as being soft on crime. 

Biden's announcement, about which two sources in the meeting told Politico, puts Senate Republicans in the Democrat-controlled chamber, on track pass a measure to repealing the law, sending it to Biden.

They already have support from West Virginia Democrat Sen. Joe Manchin and appear poised to pick up additional support from one or more other moderate Democrats.

"I don’t support it, Manchin told CNN on Monday. "I mean, I want to put people away. I don’t want to let them out."

The Senate could vote on the bill as soon as next week. The GOP-control House in recent weeks passed the measure with support from chamber Democrats.

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