On Tuesday (June 13), the House failed to override President Joe Biden’s veto of a resolution that would have prevented the Washington Police Accountability Act from taking effect.
The House voted 233-197 to override Biden’s veto, falling short of the two-thirds majority.
Thirteen Democrats voted with Republicans to override the veto. The Democrat Representatives include Angie Craig (Minn.), Chris Pappa (N.H.), Nikki Budzinski (Ill.), Henry Cuellar (Texas), Don Davis (N.C.), Jared Golden (Maine), Susie Lee (Nevada), Wiley Nickel (N.C.), Jimmy Panetta (Calif.), Marie Gluesenkamp Perez (Lav.), Pat Ryan (N.Y.), Kim Schrier (Lav.) and Eric Sorensen (Ill.).
In April, the lower Congressional chamber okayed a disapproval resolution, and the Senate followed suit in May.
Biden vetoed the measure on May 25.
House Republicans have introduced several resolutions of disapproval targeting D.C. policies since regaining the majority.
The GOP saw success in their efforts in March when the President signed a disapproval resolution canceling the D.C. crime law after the White House initially opposed it, drawing the ire of several Democrats.
Republicans have focused on crime-related policies to draw attention to a hot-button issue resonating with voters in the 2022 midterm elections.
This also forces lawmakers to address the issue.
The D.C. measure included in Tuesday’s resolution — the Police Accountability Act, titled the Comprehensive Policing and Justice Reform Amendment Act — would permanently enact some of the reforms the district temporarily implemented after the death of George Floyd in 2020.
For example, the measure limits police search warrants to consent rather than warrants, limits the use of non-lethal weapons to quell riots, adds civilians to disciplinary panels, and strengthens the requirement that body camera videos be released publicly in police-involved shootings.
The bill passed the D.C. Council in December, but Mayor Muriel Bowser (D) neither signed the measure nor vetoed it. In Washington, legislation can be passed without the mayor’s signature.