Norton Says Senate Report on Capitol Attack Reinforces Urgency of Giving D.C. Mayor Control Over D.C. National Guard

Jun 8, 2021
Press Release
Norton pleased report does not call for permanent fencing

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC), after the release today of a Senate report on the attack on the U.S. Capitol, once again called on Congress to pass her District of Columbia National Guard Home Rule Act, which would give the D.C. mayor control over the D.C. National Guard. Norton also said she was pleased that the report did not recommend permanent fencing at the Capitol complex. Norton’s No Fencing at the United States Capitol Complex Act would prohibit the use of federal funds to install permanent fencing at the Capitol complex.

“While I am pleased the report did not call for permanent fencing, I am disappointed it did not recommend that control of the D.C. National Guard be given to D.C.’s mayor,” Norton said. “The District of Columbia mayor is the chief executive for our jurisdiction and has the best knowledge and most reliable expertise about when to deploy our National Guard,” Norton said. “My bill, which I’d introduced for years before the January 6th insurrection, simply gives the District’s chief executive the same authority afforded to governors of states and territories over their Guards. Our bill would afford D.C. a critical element of home rule as we simultaneously fight for statehood, and it would have ended the insurrection hours earlier on January 6th.”

Currently, the President controls the D.C. National Guard, while the governors of the states and territories control their National Guards.