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DC delegate: Possible bill to repeal ‘radical’ and ‘very unexpected’ domestic rule

Delete Eleanor Holmes NortonEleanor Holmes NortonOfficials Assesses Phased Reopening of Capitol Building from Late March Capitol Marks Two Years Since COVID-19 Overnight Health Care Closed to Public – Congress to Provide COVID-19 MORE Funding (DD.C.) called a Republican’s proposal to repeal Washington’s Home Rule “radical” in an interview with The Washington Post published this week.

Some House Republicans, with the party widely expected to win back a majority after midterms, have signaled their desire to curb the city’s autonomy amid complaints about its COVID-19 policies and crime rate.

Rep. Andrew Clyde (R-Ga.) said it’s “overdue for Congress to repeal the District of Columbia Home Rule Act and resume its duty,” in a recent interview with the Daily. call.

Holmes Norton, a nonvoting House delegate, said such proposals were both sweeping and “unexpected.”

“It’s something to be extremely concerned about because the district could well find itself in the minority next term,” she told the Post. “It’s very radical, and I have to say very unexpected. It will take all the energy I have to make sure that doesn’t happen.

Prior to the Home Rule Act, DC was primarily governed by Congress. The 1973 law established a municipal government with a mayor and council, giving the district autonomy with some congressional oversight.

Clyde, advocating for the repeal of the 1973 law, raised concerns about rising crime and homelessness in DC as well as the Democratic mayor Muriel BowserMuriel BowserDC speaker says Black Lives Matter street will be ‘tarred and feathered’ DC mayor boosts police funding in 2023 budget proposal Barr says there’s no evidence Trump was ‘legally responsible’ of the attack of January 6 MOREpandemic restrictions.

The Hill has contacted Clyde and Bowser for comment.

A coalition of Democrats is pushing the other way, proposing to give DC statehood and more autonomy, something Republicans have long opposed.

The district is deep blue — Democrats have won the last four presidential elections with 90% or more of the vote.

representing Kevin McCarthyKevin McCarthyMcConnell on Republicans backing Putin: ‘There are lonely voices out there’ GOP rises to challenge Ukraine to define itself Ginni Thomas’ activism raises ethical questions for justice Supreme Court MORE (R-Calif.), the House Minority Leader, has signaled his willingness to take greater control of the city — if crime “gets out of control.”

“Last week you had a shooting and a murder in Georgetown. There’s not an element of that community that people feel safe in,” he told the Vince Coglianese Show in an interview. earlier this month, also referencing the shooting of a GOP baseball. practice in 2017.

“Those are the concerns, and if it gets out of control, there needs to be greater scrutiny to keep the nation’s capital safe.”

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