Press Releases

Jun 26, 2020 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) today managed the historic debate on the House floor on her District of Columbia statehood bill (H.R. 51). In her opening statement on the bill, Norton said, “As we approach July 4th, it is long past time to apply the nation’s oldest slogan, ‘no taxation without representation’ and the principle of consent of the government to D.C. residents.”
Jun 23, 2020 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. —Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) announced today that she will introduce legislation to remove the Andrew Jackson statue from Lafayette Park in the District of Columbia, citing Jackson’s ownership of slaves and genocide of Native Americans.
Jun 23, 2020 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC), who has long sought long term-investment to maintain the three public golf courses in the District of Columbia, today celebrated the announcement that the National Park Service (NPS) will begin negotiations with National Links Trust (NLT) to operate the three historic golf courses here in the District.
Jun 23, 2020 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) will testify tomorrow on behalf of House Democrats at the Rules Committee hearing on her District of Columbia statehood bill, H.R. 51, the Washington, D.C. Admission Act. Members of Congress will be the only witnesses at the hearing. The Rules Committee will vote on a rule that sets the parameters for consideration of H.R. 51 on the House floor on Friday. The Rules Committee will meet virtually at 11 a.m. tomorrow, Wednesday, June 24, 2020, to consider H.R. 51 and four other bills. The meeting will be streamed live on rules.house.gov.
Jun 23, 2020 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. —Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) announced today that she will introduce legislation to remove the Emancipation Statue from Lincoln Park in the District of Columbia, a federal park, citing its problematic depiction of the fight to achieve emancipation.
Jun 22, 2020 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) today wrote a letter to Chairman David E. Price and Ranking Member Mario Diaz-Balart on the Transportation, Housing, Urban Development and Related Agencies Subcommittee under the House Committee on Appropriations asking the committee to include report language expressing concern with the Federal Railroad Administration's (FRA) plans for a parking deck as part of the Union Station Expansion Project. In addition, she requested that FRA work with DC government to develop a revised plan with fewer unnecessary parking places.
Jun 22, 2020 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) announced that today she filed an amendment at the Rules Committee to H.R. 7120, the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act of 2020, that would repeal the President’s authority to federalize the D.C. police department. The Rules Committee will consider amendments to H.R. 7120 on Wednesday, and the House will vote on H.R. 7120 on Thursday.
Jun 22, 2020 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. —Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) today called on the owner of the National Football League’s (NFL) Washington team, Daniel Snyder, and NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell to change the team’s racist name, an issue she has long pressed.
Jun 19, 2020 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) today thanked Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) and Tom Carper (D-DE) for introducing bills this week to give the District of Columbia mayor control over the D.C. National Guard and to repeal the president’s authority to federalize the D.C. police department. Norton is the House sponsor of these bills. The senators introduced the bills after the president deployed D.C. National Guard and out-of-state National Guard troops on the streets of D.C. and considered federalizing the D.C. police department earlier this month during protests for racial justice.
Jun 16, 2020 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) announced today the date of the House floor vote on her District of Columbia statehood bill (H.R. 51) in a joint press conference with Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-MD) this morning. Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser, and D.C. Council Chair Phil Mendelson also spoke. The House’s vote, scheduled for June 26th, will be the first time either chamber of Congress has voted on the D.C. statehood bill since 1993. Norton got the first-ever vote on the D.C. statehood bill in 1993. The bill currently has 224 cosponsors.