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WASHINGTON, D.C. — Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC), a past chair of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, today said that the findings of a report by Protect Our Defenders (POD), a national organization dedicated to ending rape, sexual assault, misogyny, sexual harassment, and retribution in the military, has broken new ground for congressional oversight on equal treatment. The POD report found the Air Force (USAF) had suppressed data showing “substantial” and “persistent” racial disparities in its military justice system that appear to be system-wide in the armed forces.
May 27, 2020 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) noted today that the United States Parole Commission (USPC) has reduced the danger to inmates and staff by releasing people under its jurisdiction in custody, including releasing half of its inmates at the District of Columbia’s Central Detention Facility and Correctional Treatment Facility since March 19, 2020. However, Norton continues to request that USPC release those appropriate for release under its jurisdiction to reduce inevitable exposure to COVID-19 in tight, crowded spaces. Norton has pressed for the release of D.C. residents incarcerated under federal jurisdiction during the coronavirus, consistent with public safety, because the risk of transmission is much higher in jails and prisons. Most of USPC’s population consists of D.C. Code felons.
May 22, 2020 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. — The office of Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) today announced that she has introduced a resolution recognizing District of Columbia servicemembers on Memorial Day. Her resolution also calls for statehood for the District to ensure these servicemembers and veterans enjoy the full rights of American democracy given to other American citizens. D.C. servicemembers have served in every war since the Revolution, all without the full and equal rights that can come only with statehood.
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) released the following statement upon learning of President Trump’s intention to nominate a new U.S. attorney for the District of Columbia:
May 15, 2020 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. — The office of Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) announced that Norton successfully got three provisions vital to the District of Columbia included in the Heroes Act, the phase-five coronavirus response bill passed today in the House. Norton secured state-, city-, and county-level funding for the District; $755 million in retroactive funding to fix D.C.’s treatment as a territory instead of a state in the CARES Act; and authorization for D.C. to participate in the Municipal Liquidity Facility (MLF) the Federal Reserve is establishing.
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) announced that the House Rules Committee today passed her amendment to the House’s fifth coronavirus response bill, the Heroes Act, clarifying that District of Columbia Code offenders in the Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) are eligible for early release during the coronavirus. The introduced version of the Heroes Act made individuals meeting certain age and health criteria eligible for early release during the coronavirus, but was silent on whether this provision applied only to federal offenders in BOP or to both federal and D.C. Code offenders in BOP. Norton thanked House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) for working with her on the amendment. The House is expected to vote on the Heroes Act, as amended by Norton’s amendment, tomorrow.