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Jul 19, 2020 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. — The office of Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) released Norton’s testimony on her Veterans Legal Support Act of 2019, which would authorize funds for law school clinical programs to assist veterans filing for and appealing Department of Veterans Affairs claims for benefits and with other legal matters. Norton, who taught law as a tenured professor at the Georgetown University Law Center, cited as the need for her bill the 400,000 veterans waiting for claims to be processed. Norton testified Thursday before the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs Subcommittee on Disability Assistance and Memorial Affairs. Norton testified that the bill would help to meet the demand for legal services at little cost to the federal government.
Jul 18, 2020 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC), who was a colleague of the late Congressman John Lewis (D-GA) first in the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) and then in the House of Representatives, issued a statement today on the passing of her friend.
Jul 16, 2020 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) announced yesterday that she was able to include in the House’s Water Resources Development Act of 2020 (WRDA), the major water infrastructure bill, a provision that would help accelerate the cleanup of harmful sediments in and around the federal navigation channel in the Anacostia River. The provision changes the parameters in terms of depth and coordinates of the federal navigation channel. The Transportation and Infrastructure Committee passed WRDA yesterday.
Jul 15, 2020 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. — In light of interest in the highways and transit provisions of the Moving Forward Act (H.R. 2), which the House passed 233 to 188 earlier this month, Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) today laid out major wins for the District of Columbia and the nation in H.R. 2. Numerous areas, ranging from typical matters like bridge and highway funding to new funding for congestion reduction, climate change and innovation, make the highways and transit provisions of H.R. 2 a clean break from prior bills. As Chair of the Highways and Transit Subcommittee, Norton played a leading role in writing the bill, which, in addition to containing unprecedented provisions on schools, housing and broadband access, is the vehicle for the reauthorization of major programs related to highways, bridges, transit and rail.
Jul 10, 2020 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC), Congressman Don Beyer (D-VA), and Congresswoman Jennifer Wexton (D-VA) announced that they received a response this week for the National Park Service (NPS) to their November 2019 letter to the United States Park Police (USPP) asking for an update on the investigation into the 2017 killing of Bijan Ghaisar, who was unarmed, by USPP officers.
Jul 8, 2020 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) today announced that the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) has extended the comment period for the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) for the Washington Union Station Expansion Project until September 28, 2020. Last month, Norton joined a number of District of Columbia stakeholders, including Advisory Neighborhood Commission 6C, Federal City Council, Akridge, the D.C. Department of Transportation, the D.C. Office of Planning, Ward 6 D.C. Councilmember Charles Allen and D.C. Council Chairman Phil Mendelson in requesting an extension of the original comment period deadline of July 27, 2020.
Jul 8, 2020 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) announced that the House’s fiscal year (FY) 2021 District of Columbia Appropriations bill, which contains most of her top policy and funding priorities, was passed today by the Subcommittee on Financial Services and General Government. The bill, among other things, prohibits the president from federalizing the D.C. police department; contains no anti-home-rule riders; abides by D.C.’s local budget autonomy law; and provides $40 million for the D.C. Tuition Assistance Grant Program (DCTAG), a Norton priority, with a $250,000 increase in the family income eligibility limit for DCTAG. The full Appropriations Committee is expected to mark up the bill next week and the bill is expected to be on the House floor later this month.
Jul 8, 2020 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) today pledged to defeat the latest effort by Congressman Andy Harris (R-MD) to interfere with the District of Columbia’s right to pass its own local laws free from congressional interference.
Jul 7, 2020 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) announced that the House’s fiscal year (FY) 2021 District of Columbia Appropriations bill, released today, contains most of her top policy and funding priorities.
Jul 4, 2020 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) today released her testimony from last week’s Senate Democratic Policy and Communications Committee hearing on District of Columbia statehood. The hearing was held three business days after the House passed her D.C. statehood bill, which was the first time either chamber of Congress had passed the D.C. statehood bill since the District was established 219 years ago.

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