House Republicans are delivering on our commitment to a nation that’s safe. Today we will vote on H.J. Res. 42, which would repeal the D.C. Council’s radical, Far Left, anti-police proposal, the Comprehensive Policing and Justice Reform Amendment Act of 2022 (D.C. Act 24-781). This reckless bill strains the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) with overreaching anti-police policies in a time of rampant crime and historic staff shortages and puts innocent families in harm's way.
BACKGROUND ON H.J. RES. 42:
D.C. Act 24-781 creates mechanisms for activists and anti-police groups to target individual MPD officers and strips officers of collective bargaining rights regarding discipline, amongst other problematic provisions.
On January 4, 2023, the bill passed the D.C. Council unanimously and was sent to the Mayor, who declined to sign or veto the bill. The legislation was enacted on January 19, 2023, and transmitted to Congress on February 13, 2023.
If passed by the House and Senate, and signed by the President, this joint resolution of disapproval would prevent D.C. Act 24-781 from going into effect.
D.C CRIME BY THE NUMBERS:
Homicides have increased 31% compared to April of 2022.
D.C. is “on pace to have the most homicides since 1995.” – Former D.C. Council member Jack Evans in a Washington Post article published January 31, 2023.
D.C. saw 203 homicides in 2022, compared to 88 in 2012.
Sexual abuse crimes are up 84% compared to April of 2022.
Motor vehicle theft is up 107% compared to April of 2022.
Property crime is up 28% compared to April of 2022.