News and Media Center

Nov 30, 2021 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. –– Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) announced today that the Committee on Oversight and Reform (COR) will mark up her District of Columbia Courts Vacancy Reduction Act on Thursday, December 2, 2021, at 10 a.m. The bill would allow judicial appointments to the local District of Columbia courts to take effect after a 30-day congressional review period, unless a joint resolution disapproving an appointment is enacted into law during that period. Currently, nominees to the local D.C. courts require Senate confirmation. The bill would make the congressional review process for appointments the same as the one currently used for legislation passed by the D.C. Council. The markup, which was rescheduled due to reasons unrelated to the bill, can be viewed on COR’s website.
Nov 30, 2021 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. — With the possibility of a federal government shutdown on Friday, Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) today reminded District of Columbia residents that a provision she got included in the fiscal year (FY) 2021 D.C. Appropriations bill exempts the D.C. government from a federal government shutdown in the current fiscal year (FY 2022). Norton has gotten the D.C. government exempted from federal government shutdowns each year since FY 2015. 
Nov 29, 2021 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. –– Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) announced today that she will introduce a resolution congratulating the Washington Spirit on winning National Women’s Soccer League championship. The team overcame adversity off the field this season, including its head coach being fired after a harassment investigation. The championship is the first for the team since it was founded in 2012.
Nov 29, 2021 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. –– Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) today announced that she will introduce a bill this week to repeal the authority of the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) over the District of Columbia. GAO, a federal agency that conducts investigations and audits for Congress, has the same authority over D.C. that is has over federal agencies. GAO’s authorizing statute defines D.C. as a federal agency. In addition, GAO’s authorizing statute and the D.C. Home Rule Act require GAO to engage in specific types of oversight of D.C.
Nov 19, 2021 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. –– Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) announced that the Build Back Better Act, which the House passed today, contains historic victories for the District of Columbia. The landmark legislation creates good-paying jobs, invests in affordable housing, cuts middle-class taxes, and lowers the costs of health care, child care and family care – all fully paid for by requiring the wealthiest Americans and biggest corporations to pay their fair share. In particular, the bill empowers Medicare to negotiate lower drug costs for seniors, reduces the cost of child care, addresses the climate crisis, lowers health care costs, and increases the cap on the state and local tax deduction.
Nov 18, 2021 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. –– Ahead of the Council of the District of Columbia’s hearing tomorrow on legislation to commercialize recreational marijuana, Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) said she is closer than ever to removing the rider from the D.C. Appropriations bill that prohibits the District from spending local funds on commercialization of recreational marijuana. Norton was successful in getting the rider removed from the pending House and Senate versions of the fiscal year (FY) 2022 D.C. Appropriations bill, though President Biden’s FY 22 budget proposed maintaining it.
Nov 17, 2021 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. –– Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) announced that the House Committee on Natural Resources today passed her Women Who Worked on the Home Front World War II Memorial Act. The bill would authorize a memorial on federal land in the District of Columbia to honor the 18 million American women who kept the home front running during World War II.
Nov 17, 2021 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. –– Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) and First Lady Dr. Jill Biden will visit a pediatric COVID-19 vaccination clinic at Children’s National Hospital in Southeast D.C. this afternoon to continue the nationwide effort urging parents and guardians to vaccinate children ages 5-11. Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy, Washington Mystics player Alysha Clark and Washington Wizards player Thomas Bryant will also participate.
Nov 16, 2021 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. –– Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) released a statement today upon learning that Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT) will not seek reelection. Leahy is the longest-serving senator still in office and a strong supporter of statehood and full home rule for the District of Columbia.
Nov 15, 2021 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC), a senior member of the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, announced that President Biden today signed into law her bill banning smoking, including of electronic cigarettes, on Amtrak as part of the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act. This is the second Norton bill that has been enacted into law to ban smoking on a form of transportation. Norton’s bill to clarify that the ban on smoking on airplanes includes electronic cigarettes was enacted into law in 2018. Norton got the idea for the Amtrak bill when an 11-year-old constituent informed her office that he had seen someone smoking an electronic cigarette on Amtrak. 

Pages