Norton Blasts Republicans for Shortchanging D.C. on Emergency Planning and Security Funds in Continuing Resolution

Sep 21, 2020
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) today blasted Republicans for refusing to agree to the District of Columbia’s request for $97.1 million in the fiscal year 2021 continuing resolution (CR) for its Emergency Planning and Security Fund (EPSF). The CR, released today, provides effectively only $17.5 million for the EPSF. The federally funded EPSF pays for the public safety and security costs the District incurs as the nation’s capital, such as for protests and the upcoming inauguration. Norton vowed to make the District whole in a future spending bill.

This is the second time Republicans have shortchanged the District during the coronavirus health and economic crisis, when the District, like all other jurisdictions, is under extraordinary fiscal pressure. In March, Republicans insisted that the CARES Act treat D.C. as a territory instead of a state for fiscal relief, depriving D.C. of $755 million.

“Congress created the Emergency Planning and Security Fund because it recognized that it was unfair for the District to spend its local funds for public safety and security costs related to the federal presence in the District of Columbia,” Norton said. “It is particularly outrageous that the Republicans have, once again, shortchanged the District when it is facing increasing expenses and decreasing revenue due to the coronavirus.”