Press Releases

Jul 10, 2020 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC), Congressman Don Beyer (D-VA), and Congresswoman Jennifer Wexton (D-VA) announced that they received a response this week for the National Park Service (NPS) to their November 2019 letter to the United States Park Police (USPP) asking for an update on the investigation into the 2017 killing of Bijan Ghaisar, who was unarmed, by USPP officers.
Jul 8, 2020 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) today announced that the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) has extended the comment period for the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) for the Washington Union Station Expansion Project until September 28, 2020. Last month, Norton joined a number of District of Columbia stakeholders, including Advisory Neighborhood Commission 6C, Federal City Council, Akridge, the D.C. Department of Transportation, the D.C. Office of Planning, Ward 6 D.C. Councilmember Charles Allen and D.C. Council Chairman Phil Mendelson in requesting an extension of the original comment period deadline of July 27, 2020.
Jul 8, 2020 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) announced that the House’s fiscal year (FY) 2021 District of Columbia Appropriations bill, which contains most of her top policy and funding priorities, was passed today by the Subcommittee on Financial Services and General Government. The bill, among other things, prohibits the president from federalizing the D.C. police department; contains no anti-home-rule riders; abides by D.C.’s local budget autonomy law; and provides $40 million for the D.C. Tuition Assistance Grant Program (DCTAG), a Norton priority, with a $250,000 increase in the family income eligibility limit for DCTAG. The full Appropriations Committee is expected to mark up the bill next week and the bill is expected to be on the House floor later this month.
Jul 8, 2020 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) today pledged to defeat the latest effort by Congressman Andy Harris (R-MD) to interfere with the District of Columbia’s right to pass its own local laws free from congressional interference.
Jul 7, 2020 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) announced that the House’s fiscal year (FY) 2021 District of Columbia Appropriations bill, released today, contains most of her top policy and funding priorities.
Jul 4, 2020 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) today released her testimony from last week’s Senate Democratic Policy and Communications Committee hearing on District of Columbia statehood. The hearing was held three business days after the House passed her D.C. statehood bill, which was the first time either chamber of Congress had passed the D.C. statehood bill since the District was established 219 years ago.
Jul 2, 2020 Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC – Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) today thanked Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) and Tom Carper (D-DE) for filing an amendment to the fiscal year 2021 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which the Senate is considering on the floor this week, to give the District of Columbia mayor control over the D.C. National Guard. The President controls the D.C. National Guard, while the governors of the states and territories control their respective National Guards. This issue was raised again when the Trump administration deployed federal police, the D.C. National Guard and out-of-state National Guard troops on D.C. streets, without the mayor's consent, in response to largely peaceful protests. Norton, whose D.C. statehood bill passed in the House on Friday, has long fought for D.C. to have control over its local affairs, including the D.C. National Guard, a home-rule issue that does not require statehood.
Jul 1, 2020 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Senate Democratic Policy and Communications Committee (DPCC) will hold a virtual hearing entitled “Statehood and Equality for Washington, D.C.” tomorrow, Wednesday, July 1, 2020, at 3:00 p.m. on the heels of House passage of the District of Columbia statehood bill (H.R. 51) last Friday. Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC), the author of H.R. 51, will testify. Also testifying will be D.C. Mayor Muriel Bower; Monica Hopkins, executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union of D.C.; Rick Lee, owner of Lee’s Flower and Card Shop; and James Nelson Rimensnyder, veteran and lifelong D.C. resident.
Jun 30, 2020 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) today sent an open letter to the District of Columbia's LGBTQ community in celebration of Pride Month. Norton, who is celebrating this month's Supreme Court decision prohibiting employers from discriminating against employees for being gay or transgender, has participated in the District’s Pride festivities since 1990. Norton has been an outspoken ally of the LGBTQ community since being elected to Congress.
Jun 26, 2020 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. – After managing the debate on the District of Columbia statehood bill (H.R. 51) on the House floor, Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) celebrated House passage of the bill today with House leadership and her colleagues following overwhelming support by 232 Democrats, most of them cosponsors of the bill. The bill had 227 cosponsors, more than enough to guarantee passage. Neither chamber of Congress had passed the bill before.