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May 6, 2020 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) today released a statement responding to President Trump’s assertion that the District of Columbia “will never be a state” because Republicans are not “stupid.”
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) today announced she has requested that the next coronavirus response bill include her provision that would authorize the District of Columbia to participate in the Municipal Liquidity Facility (MLF) the Federal Reserve is establishing to support short-term borrowing by states, cities and counties in response to the coronavirus. D.C. is expressly authorized to participate in the MLF under the Federal Reserve’s rules, but the D.C. Home Rule Act’s borrowing provisions do not authorize D.C. to participate. The MLF is partially funded by the third coronavirus response bill, the CARES Act, meaning the CARES Act discriminated against D.C. twice, once intentionally and once inadvertently. The intentional discrimination occurred when Senate Republicans and the White House insisted on treating D.C. as a territory instead of a state in the Coronavirus Relief Fund, depriving D.C. of $755 million, even though D.C. is almost always treated as a state for federal funding.
May 5, 2020 e-Newsletter
Norton Statement Supporting and Analyzing the Interim Coronavirus Relief Bill for What it Does and Leaves Undone
May 5, 2020 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) today sent a letter to Postmaster General Megan J. Brennan requesting a correction to stenciling on the door of the Dorothy Height Post Office in the District of Columbia that mistakenly reads “Dorothy Heights.”
May 4, 2020 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) wrote the Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) today encouraging it to release as many District of Columbia Code felons as possible and as appropriate to home confinement, in light of the coronavirus pandemic. “BOP has an obligation to pay particular attention to D.C. Code felons, who are housed by BOP,” Norton wrote, “because the District has only limited authority over D.C. Code felons in BOP custody, most located many miles from the District, compared with states’ authority over prisoners in their state prisons.” BOP houses D.C. Code felons, the only local offenders required to be housed by BOP.
May 4, 2020 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) today released a letter she sent to Postmaster General Megan J. Brennan asking for an inquiry into mail delivery delays in the District of Columbia’s Ward 8. Norton’s office has received complaints recently that constituents are going days without receiving mail only for mail to be delivered all at once, and reports of mail deliveries happening late at night.
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) expressed her deep sorrow and regrets on the passing of Joe Kaplan from COVID-19. Although Kaplan was an accomplished attorney who focused on employment and labor law for employees and unions, Norton knew Kaplan from his long association with performances at Hexagon, the much-loved spoof on politicians and political life.
Apr 29, 2020 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) sent a letter today to Attorney General William Barr urging him to institute greater protections for the Department of Justice’s Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR) employees during the coronavirus crisis. Norton sent the letter after learning that some Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) employees have contracted the coronavirus, and EOIR is not following Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines. Employees are not allowed to telework, despite the almost unanimous recommendations of health experts. Nor are EOIR employees’ workspaces adequately cleaned, even after BIA staff have tested positive for the coronavirus.
Apr 27, 2020 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. — After learning that 30-40 District of Columbia at Hope Village, the men’s halfway house in the District of Columbia, may be sent to a halfway house in Baltimore after Hope Village’s contract with the Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) expires this week, Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) sent a letter today to BOP reiterating her request to place these individuals, who do not have homes, in the District. The D.C. government has offered its assistance providing housing in the District for these individuals, including options that would be of no cost to BOP.
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) released the statement below as the House today passed the $484 billion interim coronavirus relief bill, the Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act. Overall, Norton supports the bill for its funding of small businesses and hospitals, both mainstays of the District of Columbia’s economy, but she is already at work on the next bill, which she says must address the mounting needs of individuals and of states and local governments.