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Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton

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Jul 7, 2014 Blog

The following appeared in the Huffington Post on July 2, 2014:

Jun 4, 2014 Blog
Many questions remain about the release of Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl.
May 29, 2014 Blog
Fifteen years ago, ESSENCE Magazine took me to Winston-Salem, North Carolina to sit with Maya Angelou in her lovely, spacious home for a fly-on-the-wall exchange between Maya and me about Black women “embracing their own power.”
Dec 28, 2013 Blog
Today, once again, Republicans will indulge their penchant for slowing economic growth, as 1.3 million Americans lose unemployment insurance benefits during this season of brotherly love, with 3.6 million more to follow next year.
Dec 19, 2013 Blog
I went to South Africa to share with South Africans their farewell to the father of their country, Madiba, who also touched millions of us throughout the world. I also went because, for me, Mandela was a freedom-defining leader.
Sep 19, 2013 Blog

Most Americans are unaware that if the federal government shuts down on September 30, the government of the nation’s capital, the District of Columbia, will also shut down. There is not a single member of the House or the Senate who desires that outcome.

Aug 2, 2013 Blog

Cutting Amtrak’s budget by 21 percent for operations and 34 percent for capital and debt service is one of the reasons the Republicans could not find Republican votes to pass their own fiscal year 2014 Transportation, Housing and Urban Development Appropriations bill. Republicans created cuts that even Republicans could not stomach.

May 20, 2013 Blog

When the White House released the administration’s emails on Benghazi last week, they snatched what was left of headlines for Benghazi. Republicans are still looking, though, and they have put out a call for whistleblowers. Meanwhile, Republicans are trying to tar anyone they can find.  Democrats have asked that former U.S.

May 17, 2013 Blog

I went to New York this week to accept a “Gloria Award” from Gloria Steinem, Letty Pogrebin and Pat Carbine, the founding mothers of the Ms. Foundation, as I serve in the Republican-led House, which couldn’t less about women’s concerns. This is all the more reason to be grateful to the Ms. Foundation for its determined focus on today’s women.

May 2, 2013 Blog

The air traffic controllers crisis, brought to us by the sequester cuts, offers both a warning of more like it to come and a pathway to a possible compromise.  Congress solved the controllers crisis the easy way – by simply moving money from one account (the Airport Improvement Program) to pay the controllers.  This was far from an ideal solution, but it is what Congress ha