Why did Joe Biden decide to side with the GOP on the DC crime bill?

by Brett Samuels and Alex Gangitano, The Hill

President Biden on Thursday said he would not veto legislation Republicans have championed that would undo parts of a District of Columbia crime bill, reflecting how the White House is trying to navigate the politically charged issue of crime.

And that decision has put Biden in a bind.

Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden (D-Delaware) gives a speech at the Iowa Democratic Party’s Liberty and Justice Celebration in Des Moines, Iowa.

If he were to veto it, he would have faced a barrage of GOP attacks that he was soft on crime. But instead, the decision to sign the resolution unleashed a barrage of vitriol from his own party, with some House Democrats accusing him of betrayal after they opposed it to align with what they thought the White House wanted.

“And now we are being hung out to dry,” one House Democratic lawmaker told The Hill via text message.

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