Republican lawmakers in the House of Representatives are taking steps to use their legal authority to counteract policies implemented by Washington, DC, Mayor Muriel Bowser.
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy and Rep. James Comer, the Ranking Member of the House Oversight Committee, reportedly said they intend to use Congress’ power over the DC government to study crime problems in the district. They also indicated that they might implement policy changes if the GOP retakes control of the House in this fall’s midterm elections.
Comer said the crime crisis in Washington has been caused by “Democrats’ reckless policies.” He said that Republicans on the Oversight Committee have repeatedly called on Bowser to address violent crime and homelessness, but she has refused. He added that if Republicans are back in power in 2023, they will “hold the Mayor accountable” for policies that are “destroying the capital city.”
McCarthy told the Daily Caller that the rise in armed carjackings and rampant drug use in Washington resulted from failed Democratic policies. He said Bowser seems more interested in social events, “crushing small businesses” with COVID-19 mandates and forcing children to wear masks in schools than addressing actual crime problems.
Rep. Andrew Clyde (R-GA), who also serves on the Oversight Committee, said that he intends to introduce a bill that will repeal the District of Columbia Home Rule Act passed in 1973 to put Congress back indirect control of the district’s municipal government. He said that the left’s demands for DC statehood in recent years are unconstitutional and would radically alter the balance of power in Congress, adding that the increasing crime problems plaguing the city are evidence of the damage that Democratic policies cause where they are put in place.
Crime rates in the capital city in 2021 were the highest seen in decades and included a tripling of the rate of carjackings. Of course, the city is a Democratic stronghold and will likely only be saved by direct control from a Republican Congress.