Press Releases

Jun 21, 2021 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) said today that House passage last week of a bill to award Congressional Gold Medals to police forces, including to the Metropolitan Police Department of the District of Columbia (MPD), for their response to the January 6 attack on the Capitol is a strong reminder that MPD, paid for by D.C. residents, helped save the Capitol, members of Congress, and democracy itself that day even though D.C. residents are denied the benefits of that democracy themselves.
Jun 21, 2021 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Last Monday, Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) sent a letter giving the National Park Service (NPS) until August 31, 2021, to make a final decision on whether it will change the name of Melvin Hazen Park in the District of Columbia and informing NPS she will consider introducing legislation to change the name if NPS has not made a final decision by then. In February, Norton asked NPS to change the name of the park because Hazen helped demolish the African-American community in the D.C. neighborhood then known as Reno City. In response, NPS said that it needed to take more time to examine whether it has the authority to change the name, and if does have such authority, whether it should change the name.
Jun 21, 2021 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) will give opening remarks at tomorrow’s Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Government Affairs hearing on the District of Columbia statehood bill.
Jun 17, 2021 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) announced that her bill to ban smoking on Amtrak trains, including electronic cigarettes, was included in the INVEST in America Act, which passed out of the Transportation & Infrastructure Committee last week.
Jun 17, 2021 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. — On the day the House voted to make June 19th, known as Juneteenth, a National Holiday, Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) said Juneteenth should remind Congress that the District is still a federally controlled jurisdiction, and it is time for the residents of the nation’s capital to finally become equal to other Americans by achieving statehood and voting representation in Congress.
Jun 17, 2021 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Ahead of Juneteenth, on Saturday, the holiday commemorating the end of slavery two and a half years after the Emancipation Proclamation, and a day after the House passed a bill establishing Juneteenth as a federal holiday, Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) today introduced a bill to authorize the establishment of a memorial on federal land in the District of Columbia to honor enslaved individuals who disembarked at the Georgetown waterfront. The commemorative work, to be established by the Georgetown African American Historic Landmark Project and Tour, would honor the enslaved individuals’ presence, celebrate their contributions to history and recognize their resilience and fortitude.
Jun 16, 2021 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC), co-chair of the Quiet Skies Caucus, today said the response from the Department of Defense (DoD) to her February 26 letter requesting limits on helicopter flights over District of Columbia due to noise is a good step forward. DoD expressed enthusiasm for continued collaboration with Norton and assured adherence to considerate airmanship, stating that “all DoD aircrews are expected to ‘fly neighborly’ with regard for the safety and comfort of persons on the ground at all times.”
Jun 16, 2021 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) announced that yesterday the House passed her bill with Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-MD), Senator Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), and Congressman Rodney Davis (R-IL) to provide the National Children’s Museum (NCM) with rent-free space in the federally owned Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center in the District of Columbia. Van Hollen and Capito have introduced the bill in the Senate.
Jun 15, 2021 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) said that President Biden today nominated Jia Cobb to the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. Norton recommended Cobb to Biden. Biden, like Presidents Clinton and Obama, has granted Norton senatorial courtesy for judges on the U.S. District Court for D.C., the U.S. Attorney for D.C., the U.S. Marshal for the D.C. Superior Court, and the U.S. Marshal for the U.S. District Court for D.C.
Jun 15, 2021 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) announced today that the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Government Affairs will conduct a hearing on the District of Columbia. statehood bill at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, June 22, 2021. Norton will deliver opening remarks at the hearing. “The Senate hearing shows that momentum continues to build for our D.C. statehood bill," Norton said. "D.C. statehood now has 54% support nationwide, according to the most recent detailed poll, and I expect that support to grow even more after the Senate hearing, as it has after the House hearings. As only the second Senate hearing ever on D.C. statehood, next week will be historic. Thank you to Chairman Peters for scheduling this hearing and to Senator Carper for his strong and fruitful leadership on D.C. statehood."