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Occupy DC Will Be Vetted At Congressional Hearing

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Occupy DC protesters leave the camp in McPherson Square to "occopy K Street" in December. Now, a Congressional subcommittee is holding a hearing to examine just how long the encampment in D.C. can continue.
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Occupy DC protesters leave the camp in McPherson Square to "occopy K Street" in December. Now, a Congressional subcommittee is holding a hearing to examine just how long the encampment in D.C. can continue.

A U.S. House subcommittee that oversees the District government will hold a hearing next week on the Occupy D.C. encampment in McPherson Square focusing on decisions made by the National Park Service.

Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) chairs the Oversight and Government Reform Committee. He's asking the National Park Service to explain why Occupy DC protesters have been allowed to stay despite a ban on camping on Park Service property.

The committee says National Park Service Director Jonathan Jarvis will testify about the issue next week. The subcommittee that oversees the D.C. government is holding the hearing Tuesday.

Park service officials have said a "24-hour vigil" is permitted in the park and that the protesters' First Amendment rights are paramount. The Director of the District's health department is also expected to testify. 

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