Norton Secures Additional Wins for D.C. in House Appropriations Bills
WASHINGTON – Today, Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) announced additional victories she secured for the District of Columbia in recently released House appropriations bills and accompanying reports. She secured $150 million in special capital funding for Metro and $184 million for a new Howard University Hospital. In addition, the Committee on Appropriations directed the Federal Railroad Administration to continue working with D.C. on the Union Station expansion project and to consider the feedback of all stakeholders, including residents of affected neighborhoods, in its planning process. The committee also directed the Agricultural Research Service (ARS) to improve public access to the National Arboretum with the goal of removing car traffic from the surrounding neighborhood.
Norton has long supported a new Howard University Hospital and recently wrote an op-ed in The Hill calling on Congress to fund it. As chair of the Subcommittee on Highways and Transit, which has jurisdiction over Metro, Norton said she is particularly pleased with the funding she secured for Metro. Norton has also called for improved public access to the National Arboretum and was pleased the committee directed ARS to explore entering into agreements with D.C. and private sector partners to improve access to take car traffic out of the surrounding neighborhood. The Arboretum’s original gate, which sits at the intersection of M Street and Maryland Ave NE, has been closed for more than 25 years.
“Union Station is a historic facility,” Norton said, “having been built in 1907 and is the only federally owned train station. It serves millions of people today, not only in the National Capital Region but many millions more who travel throughout the Northeast Corridor. Our conversations with the Union Station Redevelopment Corporation, the entity authorized by Congress to operate the station, Amtrak and the Federal Railroad Administration, which has jurisdiction over the station, have resulted in the expansion project.”