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Dec 31, 2020 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC), co-chair of the Quiet Skies Caucus, and Congresswoman Karen Bass (D-CA) led a letter this week urging President-elect Joe Biden to appoint Federal Aviation Administration officials who will use creative approaches to solve noise problems from aircraft.
Dec 21, 2020 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) listed the D.C. victories in the final fiscal year 2021 appropriations bills, which the House and Senate are expected to approve soon. Among other wins, Norton was able to secure $40 million for the District of Columbia Tuition Assistance Grant Program (DCTAG), $8 million for D.C. Water, and $7 million to begin work on a new Howard University Hospital. In addition, Norton was able to get language recognizing Union Station’s importance as a multimodal transportation hub for the National Capital Region and instructing the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) to continue working with D.C. on the station’s expansion, and directing Capitol Police not to enforce the law prohibiting sledding on Capitol Hill. Norton also got the Long Bridge Act of 2020 included.
Dec 21, 2020 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) introduced 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. She appears to be the first member of Congress to introduce such a resolution.
Dec 21, 2020 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) has introduced a bill to give the District of Columbia the authority to make parole and supervised release determinations for D.C. Code offenders beginning in 2022. Currently, the U.S. Parole Commission makes these determinations for D.C. Code offenders.
Dec 18, 2020 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) will receive the first dose of the two-dose COVID-19 vaccine today at 5:00 p.m. at the House of Representatives and hold a media availability afterwards.
Dec 17, 2020 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) sent a letter to Chief Judge Anita M. Josey-Herring of the D.C. Superior Court supporting an increase in the filing fee for evictions to reduce the number of eviction filings by landlords trying to collect small amounts of rent owed and asking the court to solicit feedback by parties affected by the fee, especially tenant representatives, as part of a rulemaking process on this matter. Norton cited a study that showed D.C.’s eviction filing fee to be the lowest among all cities in the study and $91 below the median. The court agreed to solicit public comment on the fee.
Dec 15, 2020 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) has introduced a bill to allow state and local governments to impose a sales tax on purchases at gift shops on federal property. “At a time when local economies are struggling due to the coronavirus pandemic, this bill will generate vital tax revenue. It will particularly help D.C., which hosts many federal gift shops but doesn’t currently receive tax revenue from sales at these shops,” Norton said.
Dec 10, 2020 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) sent a letter this week to Margaret Everson, Acting Director of the National Park Service (NPS), asking that more resources be devoted to keep NPS parkland east of the Anacostia River welcoming, accessible and clean. Norton argued that accessible outdoor space is even more important during a pandemic, when being outside is often safer than being indoors. Norton was instrumental in helping to enact the Great American Outdoors Act, which will provide funding for NPS to address deferred maintenance, and in her letter, Norton urged NPS to use some of this funding for parkland east of the river.
Dec 10, 2020 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) celebrated House passage today of the Long Bridge Act of 2020, which would authorize the National Park Service to transfer land necessary for the Long Bridge Project to the District of Columbia and Virginia. The project will create a new rail bridge and a new bicycle and pedestrian bridge over the Potomac River connecting D.C. and Virginia. Norton worked on the bill with sponsor Representative Rob Wittman (R-VA) and other members of the Virginia and Maryland delegations.
Dec 9, 2020 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) sent a letter today to Margaret Everson, Acting Director of the National Park Service (NPS), expressing concern about the safety of employees who continue to work at NPS properties during the coronavirus crisis, which is at its highest level yet in the National Capital Region.

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