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Posted at 05:11 PM ET, 01/17/2012

Turning up the heat on Occupy D.C.

With Occupiers celebrating four months to the day since their movement kicked off in New York today with a wide-ranging protest in the halls of Congress, you’d think any announcement of a congressional hearing next week would have to do with some of their grievances. Income inequality, maybe? Outsized corporate influence, possibly? Nope. How about a hearing on why the Occupy D.C. encampment at McPherson Square has been allowed to remain for as long as it has? Sure!

The Post’s Annie Gowen tweets from the Hill that Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), the powerful chairman of the House Oversight Committee, has scheduled a hearing for next Tuesday in which he’ll explore that very question.

In December, Issa wrote a letter to Interior Secretary Kenneth Salazar demanding information on why the National Park Service and U.S. Park Police were allowing the protesters to remain at McPherson Square, which is a federal park. Last week, he demanded copies of internal communications between the Park Service, White House and Metropolitan Police Department to ferret out whether or not they were going easy on the occupiers for political reasons.

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Martin Austermuhle blogs at DCist . The Local Blog Network is a group of bloggers from around the D.C. region who have agreed to make regular contributions to All Opinions Are Local.

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