AOC has finally broken her silence on Twitter.
For the last two weeks while she was being investigated by the House ethics committee AOC has been noticeably silent on Twitter.
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio Cortez broke her silence on Thursday night to push back against Biden and tweeted out “If the Senate votes to overturn what D.C. Council did – I’ll sign it.”
The D.C Council bill that Biden hopes the Senate overturns is a bill that aims to make the criminal penalty lower on crimes such as carjacking
Biden appears to be siding with the GOP for the first time since he’s been in office.
This ain’t it. DC has a right to govern itself, like any other state or municipality. If the President supports DC statehood, he should govern like it.
Plenty of places pass laws the President may disagree with. He should respect the people’s gov of DC just as he does elsewhere. https://t.co/VXczSp8YPc
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) March 3, 2023
The Hill dropped these details:
Biden on Thursday said he’ll sign legislation that Republicans have championed that would undo parts of a District of Columbia crime bill.
The president told Senate Democrats about his intention not to veto the measure when he went up to the Capitol on Thursday to meet with the caucus, several senators reported after the meeting.
The local bill would eliminate most mandatory sentences, lower penalties for a number of violent offenses, including carjackings and robberies and expand the requirement for jury trials in most misdemeanor cases.
“I support D.C. Statehood and home-rule — but I don’t support some of the changes D.C. Council put forward over the Mayor’s objections — such as lowering penalties for carjackings,” Biden later tweeted. “If the Senate votes to overturn what D.C. Council did — I’ll sign it.”
Mayor Muriel Bowser (D) had opposed the crime measure, but also backed a Biden veto of the GOP bill because of the implications for home rule.
House Democrat says ‘heads should roll’ at White House over Biden’s support to nix DC crime bill https://t.co/dGDvfHdyC7 pic.twitter.com/10F7eVRQkZ
— New York Post (@nypost) March 3, 2023
President Joe Biden said he is willing to sign a GOP-sponsored resolution blocking new District of Columbia laws that would overhaul how the city prosecutes and punishes crime. That would let Congress nullify the city’s laws for the first time in decades. https://t.co/LhmZDB7Jdh
— The Associated Press (@AP) March 3, 2023
The Associated Press dropped more details on the story:
President Joe Biden said Thursday he is willing to sign a Republican-sponsored resolution blocking new District of Columbia laws that would overhaul how the nation’s capital prosecutes and punishes crime.
In doing so, the president would be allowing Congress to nullify the city’s laws for the first time in more than three decades. Biden’s willingness to do so, despite earlier opposition from his White House, is linked to growing concern over rising crime both in the nation’s capital and across the U.S. and comes amid relentless criticism from Republicans.
“One thing the president believes in is making sure that the streets in America and communities across the country are safe,” said White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre. “That includes D.C.”
The district lacks the same rights that states have to make and amend laws. While Congress has allowed the city’s residents some powers of “home rule,” it has retained veto powers over district government actions. District residents also do not have voting members of Congress.