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Norton to Preside Over House as Chair, Vote on the House Floor in Committee of the Whole, Today

Jan 16, 2019
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) has been appointed by Speaker Nancy Pelosi to preside as chair of the Committee of the Whole on the House floor today at approximately 1:30 p.m.  Norton will also vote on the House floor in the Committee of the Whole as the House considers up to 15 amendments.  The amendments are to the Disaster Supplemental Appropriations Act of 2019 (H.R. 268).  Norton has voted in the Committee of the Whole every Congress that Democrats have controlled the House.

“Today’s recognition as chair and votes on the House floor moves D.C. residents a step closer to statehood,” Norton said.  “D.C. residents are being recognized on the House floor, a destination our 700,000 residents have earned by paying the highest federal taxes per capita and serving in all our nation’s wars.  No right for our residents will go unclaimed until we permanently enshrine full citizenship for our residents by making D.C. the 51st state.”

Norton first won a vote for the District of Columbia in the Committee of the Whole during the 103rd Congress, after submitting a legal memorandum arguing that the District had a vote in standing committees by rules of the House and, therefore, should have the similar vote on the House floor in the Committee of the Whole, which is also established by House rules.