Norton to Introduce Bill Making D.C. Eligible for Federal Forestry Research Funding

Jan 5, 2022
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C.  Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) announced today that she will reintroduce her McIntire-Stennis Act District of Columbia Equality Act this week. The bill would make the District of Columbia eligible for federal funding that supports forestry research under the McIntire-Stennis Cooperative Forestry Act. Currently, the states and three territories are eligible for the funding.

“District of Columbia residents pay full federal taxes, and therefore D.C. is almost always treated as a state for federal funding,” Norton said. “However, there are a few programs under which D.C. is not treated as a state, usually in laws that predate home rule or due to an oversight, and I am working to correct all of them. The District’s absence from the Act makes it ineligible for federal funding that would support research at the District’s public university, the University of the District of Columbia (UDC).  The College of Agriculture, Urban Sustainability and Environmental Sciences at UDC, the nation’s only urban land-grant university, offers programs that complement D.C.’s ongoing forestry efforts and serve individuals in my district and beyond. Rectifying the District’s exclusion from this Act would ensure its equitable treatment and provide UDC a fair share of resources.”

The McIntire-Stennis Cooperative Forestry Act provides the states and certain territories with formula funding to support state-designated institutions’ cooperative forestry research programs. The funding opportunities available under this Act assist the states and territories in carrying out forestry research programs at state forestry schools and colleges and developing a trained pool of forest scientists capable of conducting needed forestry research. This bill would allow students and researchers in the nation’s capital to benefit from this important forestry program. 

In addition to introducing her bill to grant D.C. statehood, Norton has introduced bills to reduce the federal government’s control over local D.C. matters and to expand D.C. equality. This bill is the 21st bill Norton has introduced this Congress in her Free and Equal D.C. Series.