In order to give Congress control over the district, freshman Rep. Andy Ogles (R-TN) reportedly submitted a measure on Friday that would abolish the D.C. Home Rule Act.
Ogles said that in light of the increased crime rate in Washington, Congress should reassert its “constitutional authority” over the district, abolish the 1973 D.C. Home Rule Act, and grant some local government control over the area.
Even after the Home Rule Act, Congress still has control over the district and the authority to veto local laws.
Most recently, in March, President Joe Biden signed legislation to prevent Washington’s crime law after Congress rejected it.
There were 16 killings in the area in the first nine days of August, bringing the total for the year to over 160. This represents a 28% rise from 2022.
The district is on course to surpass 200 homicides this year for the third consecutive year and surpass the highest number in more than 20 years.