Norton Announces Defense Policy Bill Requires D.C. Mayor’s Consent for Out-of-State National Guard Troops to Enter D.C.

Jul 22, 2020
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) announced that the William M. (Mac) Thornberry National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2021, which the House passed yesterday, would prohibit governors from deploying their National Guards in another state or the District of Columbia without the consent of the chief executive officer of that jurisdiction Norton celebrated the victory for D.C. and said she considered it especially important after out-of-state National Guard units were deployed to the District last month without the mayor’s consent. Under current law, governors, at the request of the president, may deploy their National Guards in another state or D.C. without the consent of the chief executive officer of that jurisdiction.

“Last month, governors of several states, at the request of President Trump, deployed National Guard units to the District,” Norton said. “Under the bill, governors would no longer be able to send troops into D.C. without authorization from the mayor.”

Norton has long fought for equal treatment for D.C. Her District of Columbia National Guard Home Rule Act would give the D.C. 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. Last month, the House passed Norton’s D.C. statehood bill, which was the first time either chamber of Congress has passed the D.C. statehood bill. In 1993, Norton got the first-ever floor vote on the D.C. statehood bill.