Press Releases

Feb 26, 2021 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) announced that her District of Columbia priorities were included in the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, which the House passed today. The $1.9 trillion bill includes provisions uniquely vital to the District, including state-, city-, and county-level fiscal relief for the District, since D.C. provides each level of service, and $755 million in retroactive CARES Act fiscal relief to fix D.C.’s treatment as a territory instead of a state for fiscal relief in the CARES Act, considering that D.C. is almost always treated as a state for federal funding. The bill provides D.C. an estimated $2.2 billion in fiscal relief.
Feb 26, 2021 Press Release
Norton is co-chair of the Quiet Skies Caucus
WASHINGTON, D.C. — As co-chair of the Quiet Skies Caucus, Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) today sent a letter to Acting Director of the National Park Service (NPS) Shawn Benge asking that NPS helicopters in the District of Columbia fly at higher altitudes, limit nighttime flights, limit flights over residential areas, and provide advance notice of prolonged training missions in a particular area.
Feb 26, 2021 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) today sent a letter to Acting Chief of the U.S. Capitol Police (USCP) Yogananda Pittman asking that USCP enforce the prohibition against engine idling for more than three minutes at the Capitol complex. Congressional staff often idle their car engines outside the Capitol while waiting for their Members of Congress to exit.
Feb 26, 2021 Press Release
Washington, D.C. -- Congressman Gerry Connolly (D-VA), Chair of the House Subcommittee on Government Operations (D-VA), and Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC), Chair of the House Subcommittee on Highways and Transit, released the following statement on the Department of Veterans Affairs Office of Inspector General report on the mammography program at the Washington DC VA Medical Center.
Feb 25, 2021 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) celebrated today’s House passage of the Equality Act. Norton is an original cosponsor of the bill, which would prohibit discrimination against LGBTQ people in employment, housing, credit, public accommodations, federally funded programs and federal jury service. Equality for all Americans has long been a signature issue for Norton, but her work for equal treatment for LGBTQ people has long held even greater significance because congressional opponents of equality for LGBTQ people have used the District of Columbia’s unique status as a weapon against LGBTQ people in D.C. For example, Norton defeated repeated attempts to block D.C.’s marriage equality law.
Feb 25, 2021 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) visited a D.C. pharmacy this morning with Vice President Kamala Harris to highlight the importance, safety, and efficacy of the COVID-19 vaccine. Norton said that while she understands the hesitancy that some communities, particularly communities of color, have about the vaccines, she has full confidence in the ones approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Norton completed her two-dose regimen of one of the vaccines several weeks ago.
Feb 25, 2021 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. — In the wake of the January 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol, and based on the suggestion of District of Columbia Councilmember Charles Allen (Ward 6), Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) today announced that she will introduce a bill that would make the chief of the D.C. Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) an ex officio, non-voting member of the Capitol Police Board (CPB). The CPB oversees the U.S. Capitol Police (USCP). Norton said that, as Congress considers reforms to the CPB, the CPB should appreciate the full context in which it operates, including its impact on D.C. residents, especially those who live close to the Capitol.
Feb 24, 2021 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) sent a letter requesting that the National Park Service (NPS) change the name of Melvin Hazen Park in the District of Columbia and work with the community to find a more suitable name. Hazen helped demolish the African American community in the D.C. neighborhood then known as Reno City. Norton noted in her letter that NPS appears to have the authority to change the name without congressional action because the name was designated administratively.
Feb 24, 2021 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. –Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) today reintroduced legislation to remove the Andrew Jackson statue from Lafayette Park in the District of Columbia, a federal park, citing Jackson’s ownership of slaves and genocide against Native Americans. This bill is the fourth in a series of statue and memorial removal bills Norton has introduced as part of her Black History Month series.
Feb 24, 2021 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C – Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC), chair of the Subcommittee on Highways and Transit, released her opening statement in advance of today’s subcommittee hearing on equity in transportation safety enforcement. The hearing, the subcommittee’s first of the 117th Congress, begins at 11 a.m. Her opening statement, as prepared for delivery, follows.