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According to a Daily Caller report on Friday, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy and House Oversight Committee Ranking Member James Comer say they will use their congressional authority over local DC affairs to look into problems in the district and possibly implement changes if Republicans take control of the House in November.
“Simply put, D.C. is in crisis because of Democrats’ reckless policies. Oversight Committee Republicans have called on the D.C. mayor repeatedly to address the surge of homelessness and violent crime and to withdraw her unfair vaccine passport, but she has refused,” Comer said. “When Republicans are back in power in 2023, we will use tools at our disposal to hold the D.C. mayor accountable for implementing policies that are destroying Americans’ capital city.”
McCarthy echoed a similar statement arguing that Bowser has not done enough to combat crime in D.C.
“The rise in armed carjackings, murders, tent cities, and rampant drug use in our nation’s capital is a result of Democrats’ failed policies. This is all taking place under the leadership of a mayor that seems more interested in attending social events, appearing at Starbucks grand openings, masking kids in schools, and crushing small businesses with mandates,” McCarthy said.
McCarthy added, “It is incomprehensible that Democrats continue to ignore the rising crime while pushing the very policies that have caused these disastrous conditions in D.C. and in major cities across America. If voters entrust Republicans with the majority, we will use our Congressional oversight powers to ensure that we work to restore the security and safety of this city.”
Additionally, Republican Georgia Rep. Andrew Clyde of the House Oversight Committee told Daily Caller that he plans to put forward legislation that would repeal the 1973 District of Columbia Home Rule Act which would potentially put the federal government in control of the district.
“For years on end, the left has continuously demanded D.C. statehood, a politically motivated and wholly unconstitutional proposal that would radically revolutionize the balance of power in Congress to consolidate Democrats’ control over Americans’ lives. But beyond the conventional concerns, D.C.’s unseemly and declining status proves its leaders are unfit to properly maintain our nation’s capital,” Clyde said.
Mayor Bowser’s office did not immediately respond to a request for comment from Fox News.
Washington, D.C. experienced a year of violence in 2021 that had not been seen in decades including a rise in homicides and a significant spike in carjackings which have tripled since 2019.