House Republicans Lose Badly To Biden

Gage Skidmore from Surprise, AZ, United States of America, CC BY-SA 2.0 , via Wikimedia Commons

( – On Tuesday the House of Representatives was unsuccessful in overriding President Biden’s veto of a Washington, D.C. police accountability bill.

Two-thirds of the chamber needed to vote in support of overriding the veto, however, the vote ended with 233 to 197 votes. A total of thirteen Democrats voted to override the veto which blocks the accountability bill from being enforced. The disapproval resolution originally passed the House in April, and the Senate in May. However, the resolution was then vetoed on May 25th, something that the White House had revealed it would do ahead of time.

In the past few months, House Republicans have introduced many disapproval resolutions targeting D.C. policy. Some of their attempts have been successful, as in March Biden signed a disapproval resolution overturning D.C.’s crime bill. Many Democrats were unhappy with this decision.

Republicans have placed a lot of their attention on crime-related policies in the city, in an attempt to bring the issue of security to the forefront. This particular issue appeared to be key in many of their races in the 2022 midterm elections.

The police accountability bill titled the Comprehensive Policing and Justice Reform Amendment Act, which was blocked, would have made certain temporary measures taken after George Floyd was killed in 2020, permanent. These include limiting police searches, restricting the usage of nonlethal weapons when addressing riots, requirements for body cameras, and the release of camera footage in cases of police-involved shootings and other measures.

The legislation had passed in December from the D.C. Council.

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