Press Releases

Oct 7, 2021 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Ahead of Indigenous Peoples’ Day, October 11, Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) will introduce a resolution to recognize that the land of the United States was originally inhabited by Native Americans and to call on state and local governments to encourage formal land acknowledgments before public or ceremonial events. Last year, Norton became the first member of Congress to introduce such a resolution.
Oct 7, 2021 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) released her question line from today’s Committee on Oversight and Reform hearing on the flawed election audit conducted in Arizona. Norton questioned Jack Sellers and William Gates, Chair and Vice Chair, respectively, of the Board of Supervisors of Maricopa County, Arizona.
Oct 5, 2021 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) released her testimony for today’s National Capital Memorial Advisory Commission hearing on her Georgetown Waterfront Enslaved Voyages Memorial Act, which would authorize the establishment of a memorial on federal land in the District of Columbia to honor enslaved individuals who disembarked at the Georgetown waterfront.
Oct 5, 2021 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. — With the start of the Supreme Court’s term yesterday, Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) reintroduced her resolution today calling on the Supreme Court to subject itself to the ethics code that applies to all other federal judges. The Code of Conduct for United States Judges, adopted by the Judicial Conference of the United States, an administrative arm of the federal judiciary chaired by the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, provides standards for recusals for avoiding various ethics matters that arise in the administration of justice. The Code, however, does not apply to Supreme Court Justices, who have unreviewable authority to determine whether conflicts of interest would undermine their ability to hear and decide a case fairly and without the appearance of bias. The resolution aims to further public integrity and bolster confidence in an institution that in recent years has been criticized concerning issues related to conflicts of interest and whose members have been subject to demands for recusal from cases.
Oct 5, 2021 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) submitted a congressional record statement today honoring the three D.C. schools to be recognized this year by the National Blue Ribbon Schools Program, which recognizes public and private elementary, middle, and high schools based on their overall academic excellence or their progress in closing achievement gaps among student subgroups: BASIS DC Public Charter School, Eaton Elementary School and Lafayette Elementary School.
Oct 4, 2021 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) issued the following statement on today’s Supreme Court decision on voting representation in the House for District of Columbia residents (Castañon).
Oct 4, 2021 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) said she was very pleased that the Senate Judiciary Committee approved the nomination of Matthew M. Graves for U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia. Norton recommended Graves to President Biden. Biden, like Presidents Clinton and Obama, has granted Norton senatorial courtesy for judges on the U.S. District Court for D.C., the U.S. Attorney for D.C., the U.S. Marshal for the D.C. Superior Court, and the U.S. Marshal for the U.S. District Court for D.C. The U.S. Attorney for D.C. is unique because the position prosecutes both federal and most adult D.C. crimes. Norton has introduced a bill that would give D.C. the authority to prosecute all local D.C. crimes.
Sep 30, 2021 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) can be seen on this week’s national PBS series “To The Contrary,” locally in D.C. on Thursday at 4:00 p.m. on WETA; Saturday at 6:30 p.m. on WHUT; and Saturday at 5:00 p.m. on WETA. The panel will discuss issues women face in the workplace in the year 2021, as well as the challenges women running for high elective office such as governor. Norton is a frequent panelist.
Sep 30, 2021 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) blasted Republicans for defeating on the House floor yesterday her bill that would allow the District of Columbia to increase the pay of its Chief Financial Officer (CFO), who is paid with local D.C. funds. D.C. is currently searching for a permanent CFO. Although the CFO is the most powerful non-elected official in D.C., more than 20 D.C. employees are paid more than the CFO. D.C. must compete with both the private and public sectors for high-quality CFOs, and there are many private- and public-sector CFOs who are paid more than the D.C. CFO.
Sep 30, 2021 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. – At a Committee on Oversight and Reform (COR) hearing today, Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) highlighted how uniquely vulnerable the reproductive rights of women are in the nation’s capital because Congress has control over the District of Columbia’s local affairs. Currently, Congress prohibits D.C. from spending its local funds on abortion services for low-income women, even though 15 states use their own funds for this purpose. Norton warned that a Republican Congress could establish a Texas-style abortion bounty system in D.C., or if, Roe v. Wade were overturned, ban abortion in D.C.