Congresswoman Norton's Weekly eNewsletter
Norton Releases Statement on President Trump’s Evening of Violence
Norton released a statement after President Trump’s erratic and violent evening holding a press conference in the Rose Garden while peaceful protesters were being shot with tear gas and rubber bullets nearby. After the press conference, during which his rhetoric became increasingly violent, President Trump went to nearby St. John’s Episcopal Church, which had been damaged by rioting the night before. When he arrived, the President held up a Bible and stood for photos.
Davis and Norton, Co-Chairs of Congressional Caucus on Black Men and Boys, Say Caucus Hearings Will Hear Directly From the Community Whose Only Outlet has Been the Streets
Norton and Congressman Danny Davis (D-IL), co-chairs of the longstanding Congressional Caucus on Black Men and Boys, said that the police killing of George Floyd compels congressional hearings on police and criminal justice reform and needed legislation. However, they said that those are not enough. They will hold a Caucus hearing to hear directly from the African American community on the state of justice in America for African American men and boys following the killing of Floyd, in Minneapolis, Minnesota, by white police officers and of Ahmaud Arbery, an African American jogger killed by two armed white men in Georgia. In both cases videos exposed attacks, marking a new era for seeking racial justice.
Norton Says Key Fixes to Paycheck Protection Program Passed by House are Critical for D.C. Small Businesses
Norton said a critical, bipartisan bill passed by the House would deliver much-needed relief for District of Columbia small businesses. The Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act, of which Norton is a cosponsor, would addresses urgent issues with the Paycheck Protection Program facing small businesses in D.C. and across the country, which are the businesses struggling the most as a result of the coronavirus.
Norton Says Trump’s Nominee for U.S. Attorney for D.C. is Contaminated by Political Interference at a Time When Increase in Homicides Should be Focus
Norton released a statement upon learning of President Trump’s intention to nominate a new U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia:
“The United States Attorney for the District of Columbia prosecutes both federal and local crime, but importantly, the largest part of his jurisdiction is local felonies. Because D.C. has no representation in the Senate, it is customary for the President to consult with me on this nomination, when we are of the same party, or at least to have the nominee visit with me, as President Trump’s first U.S. Attorney, Jessica Liu, and the current Acting U.S. Attorney, Tim Shea, did.”
Norton Thanks Parole Commission for Reducing Inmate Population, Says More Needs to be Done
Norton noted 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.
Norton Says Report from Protect Our Defenders Finding Racial Disparities in Courts-Martial, Nonjudicial Punishments Breaks New Ground
Norton, a past chair of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, 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 had suppressed data showing “substantial” and “persistent” racial disparities in its military justice system that appear to be system-wide in the armed forces.
Norton Resolution Recognizes D.C. Servicemembers on Memorial Day, Calls for Statehood for Them
Norton 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.