By a 210-200 vote, the House sustained a District of Columbia law providing early release to certain district inmates serving time for nonviolent crimes. The vote tabled a move to negate the new law, which codifies an early-release policy the city recently began in response to court orders against prison crowding. Hundreds of inmates have had sentences cut by up to 90 days.
There is a dispute over whether prisoners convicted of violent crimes have been let out early.
Delegate Walter E. Fauntroy, a district Democrat, said, "We're tough on crime" in the district, and he accused Congress of infringing on the city's home rule.
Thomas J. Bliley Jr. (R-Va.) called the early-release program "a serious threat to public safety" that has put violent criminals back on the street.
Members voting yes wanted the district to be able to enact the law.
How They Voted Yea Nay No vote Rep. Moorhead (R) x Rep. Roybal (D) x Rep. Waxman (D) x
The House adopted, 219 to 198, an amendment adding health care workers exposed to AIDS patients to the list of workers covered by the proposed High Risk Occupational Disease Notification and Prevention Act (see next vote).