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Jun 1, 2021 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) will hold a virtual roundtable via Zoom on fencing at the Capitol complex today, June 1, 2021, at 7:00 p.m. The roundtable will feature four expert panelists: architect Thomas Vonier, former Commanding General of the D.C. National Guard Major General Errol Schwartz, landscape architect Faye Harwell, and president and CEO of the National Association for Olmsted Parks Dede Petri.
Jun 1, 2021 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC), the chair of the Subcommittee on Highways and Transit, today announced that she will introduce a bill to require that car crash test dummies be modeled on both male and female bodies. The federal government only uses crash test dummies modeled on male bodies, and car companies are not required to use dummies modeled on female bodies either. More important than differences in average height between males and females, there are also other biological differences in anatomy, such as average neck strength and posture, that affect how female and male bodies react in a crash. Since cars are not required to be tested with the safety of women in mind, women are at higher risk of injury and death in car crashes.
Jun 1, 2021 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C.—Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) said that President Biden’s fiscal year 2022 budget, released today, has many important victories for the District of Columbia that she requested, including $40 million for the D.C. Tuition Assistance Grant program (DCTAG), which a Norton bill created, and an increase in the DCTAG annual and lifetime grants. However, she said she was disappointed that the budget maintains the rider that prohibits D.C. from spending its local funds on recreational marijuana commercialization, which more than a dozen states have done.
May 27, 2021 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) sent a letter requesting that the National Park Service permanently close to motor vehicles the portion of Beach Drive NW in the District of Columbia that has been closed to motor vehicles during the coronavirus pandemic. The portion has been closed during the pandemic to provide more space for pedestrians, bicyclists and recreation. Thousands of people now use Beach Drive to walk, run, bike and play.
May 27, 2021 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) introduced a resolution recognizing District of Columbia servicemembers in advance of Memorial Day. Her resolution also calls for statehood for the District to ensure these servicemembers and veterans enjoy the full rights of American democracy given to other American citizens. D.C. servicemembers have served in every war since the Revolutionary War, all without the full and equal rights that can come only with statehood.
May 26, 2021 Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC – Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) questioned witnesses at a recent Subcommittee on Economic Development, Public Buildings, and Emergency Management hearing on federal real estate post-COVID-19. Federal real estate is vital to the District of Columbia’s economy and commercial real estate owners. At the hearing, Norton asked two rounds of questions focusing on environmental sustainability and worker protection and engagement in the transition to green, “smart” buildings.
May 25, 2021 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) wrote Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Marcia Fudge today asking her to use executive discretion to not enforce rules against marijuana use in federally assisted housing in compliance with the marijuana laws of the state where the property is located. “Individuals should not be denied admission to or fear eviction from federally assisted housing simply for treating their medical conditions or using a substance legal under state law,” Norton said. “Increasingly, Americans are changing their views on marijuana. Marijuana is legal in 36 states and the District of Columbia, and nobody should fear being thrown out of their home for using a product legalized by their state."
May 25, 2021 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) and Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) reintroduced their Women Who Worked on the Home Front World War II Memorial Act today. The idea behind the bill came from D.C. resident Raya Kenney, when she was 13 years old. Raya wanted to honor the 18 million American women who kept the home front running during World War II, performing tasks previously undertaken by men. This bill passed in the House last year and Senator Duckworth is the sponsor of its Senate companion bill.
May 25, 2021 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) said she greatly appreciated the letter that a large group of leading constitutional law professors recently sent to House and Senate leadership supporting the constitutionality of the D.C. statehood bill. “This group of influential scholars laid out the definitive case for the constitutionality of our D.C. statehood bill,” Norton said. “The letter in clear language very effectively conveys that there is no constitutional barrier to admitting D.C. as a state, especially given that the bill retains a reduced federal district that will still serve as the nation’s capital. I thank these constitutional law professors for offering a convincing analysis that carries great weight.”
May 24, 2021 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) announced that she will hold a virtual roundtable via Zoom on fencing at the Capitol complex on Tuesday, June 1, 2021, at 7:00 p.m. The roundtable will feature four expert panelists: architect Thomas Vonier, former Commanding General of the D.C. National Guard Major General Errol Schwartz, landscape architect Faye Harwell, and president and CEO of the National Association for Olmsted Parks Dede Petri.

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