Press Releases

Jan 11, 2021 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C—Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) and Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) today reiterated their call for Congress to fully fund the District of Columbia emergency planning and security fund (EPSF) in the future, including the $80 million the EPSF was shortchanged in the enacted fiscal year (FY) 2021 D.C. Appropriations bill. During the insurrection at the U.S. Capitol last week, U.S. Capitol Police requested the assistance of D.C.’s Metropolitan Police Department (MPD), and MPD’s overwhelming response helped save the U.S. Capitol and the lives of Members of Congress, staff and employees, and end an insurrection.
Jan 10, 2021 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) today called on the House and Senate to pass a resolution censuring President Trump for an attempted coup in trying to overturn the results of the presidential election and incitement of insurrection for the attack on the U.S. Capitol last week. Norton, who has also cosponsored several impeachment resolutions since the attack on the Capitol, said censure is the only remedy that can pass both chambers immediately and, unlike impeachment, will not delay President-elect Biden’s agenda in the Senate. Norton will introduce the censure resolution on Monday. Although Congress has never adopted a bicameral resolution censuring a president, Norton says that there has also never been a president who has led an attempted coup in our country, and that both Democrats and Republicans show a thirst for an immediate response.
Jan 8, 2021 Press Release
Local D.C. Public Safety Subject to Whim of President
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC), Rep. Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY), Chairwoman of the Committee on Oversight and Reform, Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-MD), and Senator Tom Carper (D-DE) said that Wednesday’s attack on the U.S. Capitol demonstrated once again that local public safety in the District of Columbia (D.C.) is subject to the whim of the President and that it is past time for Congress, pending D.C. statehood, to pass legislation to give the District’s mayor control over the D.C. National Guard and to repeal the President’s authority to federalize the D.C. police department. The Members of Congress will soon reintroduce the “District of Columbia National Guard Home Rule Act” and the “District of Columbia Police Home Rule Act” to do so.
Jan 7, 2021 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) today announced that she will introduce a bill to establish a national commission, based on the 9/11 Commission, to provide a complete account surrounding the attack on the U.S. Capitol yesterday, including preparedness and response. The commission would also provide recommendations to protect against future attacks.
Jan 6, 2021 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) announced today that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) and the U.S. Army Military District of Washington have agreed to her request to hold a public forum on the proposed rule restricting public access to the Washington Channel and to extend the public comment period on the proposed rule. The public forum will take place on January 27, 2021, at 6:00 p.m., and the public comment period on the proposed rule has been extended from December 29, 2020, to January 28, 2021. USACE previously extended the comment period on the rule after Norton argued that the original comment period did not allow adequate time for public input. Norton spoke personally with Major General Omar Jones, Commanding General of Joint Force Headquarters-National Capital Region, and he responded yesterday.
Jan 5, 2021 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) announced today that the rules adopted yesterday in the House for the 117th Congress include changes that she sought for the District of Columbia. The changes give the D.C. mayor House floor privileges, which governors of the states and territories already had, and remove a pre-home-rule rule that set aside special days for D.C. legislation on the House floor. Even though this rule was no longer being used, Norton objected to having special days set aside for D.C. legislation instead of having D.C. treated in the same way as states. Norton thanked Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Rules Committee Chairman Jim McGovern (D-MA) for agreeing to these changes.
Jan 4, 2021 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) released the following statement in response to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s (D-CA) strong statement today in support of D.C. statehood and her commitment to bring Norton’s D.C. statehood bill to the House floor for a vote in the 117th Congress, which began yesterday. Norton’s D.C. statehood bill passed overwhelmingly in the House in June, which was the first either chamber of Congress had passed the D.C. statehood bill. Yesterday, Norton introduced the bill with a record 202 original cosponsors.
Jan 3, 2021 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) announced that she introduced the District of Columbia statehood bill at the opening of the 117th Congress today with 202 original cosponsors, shattering the previous record of 155 original cosponsors of the bill, which she set in 2019. The House passed the bill overwhelmingly in June, which was the first time either chamber of Congress had passed the bill.
Jan 2, 2021 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) announced today that the proposed rules for the House in the 117th Congress, which starts tomorrow, include changes that she sought for the District of Columbia. The changes will give the D.C. mayor House floor privileges, which governors of the states and territories already have, and remove a pre-home-rule rule that set aside special days for D.C. legislation on the House floor. Even though this rule was no longer being used, Norton objected to having special days set aside for D.C. legislation instead of having D.C. be treated in the same way as states. The House will vote on the rules on January 4, 2020. Norton thanked Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Rules Committee Chairman Jim McGovern (D-MA) for making these changes.
Jan 1, 2021 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) today expressed her deepest condolences to her friend and regional partner Congressman Jamie Raskin (D-MD) and his wife, Sarah, upon hearing of the loss of their son, Tommy. Norton said that words are insufficient to express her deep sorrow for the unfathomable loss of their promising son.