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Biden on Controversial 1994 Crime Bill: I Got Stuck Writing It Because I Was Judiciary Chair

"I got stuck with it because I was the chairman of the Judiciary Committee, writing most of the drug legislation that occurred in that period..."

By NTK Staff | 04.12.2019 @11:30am

Former Vice President Joe Biden said that he “got stuck” writing the controversial 1994 crime bill because he was the chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee during a panel discussion at the Penn Biden Center on Thursday.

“I got stuck with it because I was the chairman of the Judiciary Committee, writing most of the drug legislation that occurred in that period,” Biden said. “The big mistake was that I was buying into the idea that crack cocaine was different than powdered cocaine and having penalties should be eliminated.”

The 1994 Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act has been the center of criticism in recent years because “it stoked racial tensions more than it solved crime problems,” according to the Washington Free Beacon.

Biden citing a mistake in the legislation is a flip-flop from what he told CNBC during an interview in 2016, in which he said he was “not at all” ashamed of the bill.

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