Issa: Why is Occupy D.C. Still Occupying

Posted: Dec 14, 2011 7:50 AM

Rep. Darrell Issa, Chairman of the House Oversight Committee who also oversees District of Columbia affairs is asking: Why hasn't Occupy D.C. been kicked out of McPherson Square yet? They're causing damage and costing taxpayers money in a public space. D.C. police still refuse to arrest or take out Occupy D.C. per orders of the mayor to leave them be.

The chairman of the congressional committee that oversees the District's affairs is demanding to know whether the Obama administration is allowing Occupy DC to camp illegally in McPherson Square for political purposes.

House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa, R-Calif., is asking Interior Secretary Ken Salazar to turn over documents and communications between the White House and the National Park Service, which is in charge of McPherson Square park, among other things.

The protesters' camp has already caused serious damage to McPherson Square on which $400,000 of economic stimulus money was recently spent for new sod and other improvements, Issa said.

Occupy DC has been camped in McPherson Square without a permit for two months even though camping in the park is illegal. Park Police said they consider the encampment a "24-hour vigil."

These occupiers need to start occupying paying rent, rather than allowing the taxpayer to pay for them to live in a public space.