U.S. Rep. Hillary Scholten (D) backed a controversial Washington, D.C. city bill intended to ease penalties for violent crimes.
The bill, which the city has now rescinded given President Joe Biden’s indication he would block it, also faced an uncertain fate in the U.S. Senate.
“At issue are components of the new criminal code that would reduce maximum criminal penalties for violent crimes like carjackings,” NPR reported, which led to the majority Republicans in the House to seek to block its implementation.
Scholten, a freshman from Grand Rapids, effectively embraced easing the penalties when she voted “No” to overrule the city council’s action. 31 Democrats sided with Republicans on the vote that passed 250-173.
“House Democrats were infuriated and taken aback by President Biden’s announcement on Thursday that he will sign a resolution to nix the District of Columbia’s crime bill,” according to The Hill.
“The crime bill passed the D.C. City Council unanimously in January. After Washington D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser (D) vetoed it, the city council overrode it 12-1,” the outlet said.
Scholten did not explain her vote on social media.