Eleanor's Blog

Nov 30, 2015 Blog
Today, for the first time, many Americans are learning about transgender people and issues. Violence historically has been the first reaction to the emergence of groups that demand equality for the first time.
Nov 20, 2015 Blog
The Smithsonian Museum of African American History, not yet opened to the public, was introduced to the District this week. Ever the visionary, Director Lonnie Bunch engineered a mixture of history and music with the sites as a background with D.C. citizens the first to be there, even before the grand opening with the President in 2016.
Nov 5, 2015 Blog

By Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton

Some have wondered why I recommended a new U.S. Attorney for the District, Channing Phillips, instead of Vincent Cohen, who was Principal U.S. Attorney under former U.S. Attorney Ronald Machen, and why President Obama, after doing his own investigation, nominated Mr. Phillips.

Oct 15, 2015 Blog

Planned Parenthood took the high road and a smart turn in the road by announcing that they will continue fetal tissue donations, but will no longer accept reimbursements.  They have now taken both legs out from under the Republican attack on Planned Parenthood.  With the fetal tissue issue gone, Planned Parenthood has exposed the real attack—on women’s health and on constitutionally protected a

Aug 4, 2015 Blog
House Republicans forced adjournment a day early last week in flight from a Senate Republican transportation bill. To find the source of the stand-off, look no further than the Republican budget.
Mar 16, 2015 Blog
Although heads at the top have rolled, endemic problems remain untouched at the U.S. Secret Service. Two apparently drunk senior agents barreled into White House barricades, no less, on March 4. Double the trouble resulted when the supervisor allegedly let the agents go without a sobriety test or arrest, even though they had upset a bomb investigation.
Mar 3, 2015 Blog
I am going to Selma, Alabama this weekend, but I hope I am not the only one of the nearly 100 Members of Congress attending for whom this commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the 1965 Voting Right Act is not a celebration.
Feb 11, 2015 Blog
Last year, my daughter Katherine was the Global Down Syndrome Foundation Ambassador of the year. Katherine, who lives with me, does quite all right, but unlike many disabled Americans, Katherine will never be fully independent. However, many of her friends at the remarkable Art and Drama Institute, which she attends daily and equips disabled people to deal with the world in which they live, are close to achieving independence.
Jan 22, 2015 Blog
Is there any way to make an anti-woman, anti-choice bill worse? Sure there is. Add a provision that keeps a local jurisdiction, the District of Columbia, from spending its own local funds on poor women exactly as 17 states do.