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Rep. Clyde: D.C.'s COVID Mandates Might be Gone, but Home Rule Repeal is Still Coming

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Today, Congressman Andrew Clyde (GA-09) congratulated D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser on following the science, also known as internal polling, by lifting COVID-19 mask and vaccine mandates, but warns legislation to repeal D.C.’s Home Rule is still forthcoming.
 
“Congratulations to Mayor Bowser, who abruptly ended her unlawful, failed one-month COVID-19 vaccine mandate. Thankfully, she understood our message loud and clear. But after shutting down a veteran-owned restaurant, Big Board, for defying her executive order, the damage from her brutal oppression was already done. Democrats’ COVID-related mandates have always been about politics, not science, as evident in the swift reversals throughout the country because of risks to blue strongholds maintaining their iron grip on power.
 
“While I’m glad our intention of repealing D.C.’s Home Rule Act was heard loud and clear, the problems facing our nation’s capital city extend far beyond medical tyranny. Make no mistake, this was not an empty threat; legislation is coming to restore Congress’ Article I Section 8 Constitutional duty ‘to exercise exclusive Legislation in all Cases whatsoever, over such District’ and to properly manage D.C.’s affairs. In the near future, we will free Washington D.C. from the failed experiment of so-called ‘Home Rule,’ and we will return our nation's capital to the American people after the Democrats’ almost 50-year reign of terror and failed leadership.”
 
Background:
 
Earlier this week, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser announced that the indoor COVID-19 vaccine mandate would be lifted yesterday, February 15th. In addition, the indoor mask requirements will end for most settings on March 1st.
 
Last month, Rep. Clyde joined his Republican colleagues on the House Oversight and Reform Committee, led by Ranking Member James Comer (R-KY) and Subcommittee on the Environment Ranking Member Ralph Norman (R-SC) on a letter requesting Mayor Bowser to withdraw her COVID-19 vaccine mandate and expressing concern for the economic impact that would follow locking out Americans from their capital city.
 
As first reported by the Daily Caller last week, Rep. Clyde is actively working on legislation to repeal the District of Columbia Home Rule Act and reclaim Congress’ duty, specifically outlined in Article I, Section 8, Clause 17 of the Constitution, to manage the affairs of our nation’s capital.
 
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