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Nov 29, 2021 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. –– Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) announced today that she will introduce a resolution congratulating the Washington Spirit on winning National Women’s Soccer League championship. The team overcame adversity off the field this season, including its head coach being fired after a harassment investigation. The championship is the first for the team since it was founded in 2012.
Nov 29, 2021 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. –– Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) today announced that she will introduce a bill this week to repeal the authority of the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) over the District of Columbia. GAO, a federal agency that conducts investigations and audits for Congress, has the same authority over D.C. that is has over federal agencies. GAO’s authorizing statute defines D.C. as a federal agency. In addition, GAO’s authorizing statute and the D.C. Home Rule Act require GAO to engage in specific types of oversight of D.C.
Nov 19, 2021 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. –– Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) announced that the Build Back Better Act, which the House passed today, contains historic victories for the District of Columbia. The landmark legislation creates good-paying jobs, invests in affordable housing, cuts middle-class taxes, and lowers the costs of health care, child care and family care – all fully paid for by requiring the wealthiest Americans and biggest corporations to pay their fair share. In particular, the bill empowers Medicare to negotiate lower drug costs for seniors, reduces the cost of child care, addresses the climate crisis, lowers health care costs, and increases the cap on the state and local tax deduction.
Nov 18, 2021 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. –– Ahead of the Council of the District of Columbia’s hearing tomorrow on legislation to commercialize recreational marijuana, Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) said she is closer than ever to removing the rider from the D.C. Appropriations bill that prohibits the District from spending local funds on commercialization of recreational marijuana. Norton was successful in getting the rider removed from the pending House and Senate versions of the fiscal year (FY) 2022 D.C. Appropriations bill, though President Biden’s FY 22 budget proposed maintaining it.
Nov 17, 2021 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. –– Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) announced that the House Committee on Natural Resources today passed her Women Who Worked on the Home Front World War II Memorial Act. The bill would authorize a memorial on federal land in the District of Columbia to honor the 18 million American women who kept the home front running during World War II.
Nov 17, 2021 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. –– Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) and First Lady Dr. Jill Biden will visit a pediatric COVID-19 vaccination clinic at Children’s National Hospital in Southeast D.C. this afternoon to continue the nationwide effort urging parents and guardians to vaccinate children ages 5-11. Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy, Washington Mystics player Alysha Clark and Washington Wizards player Thomas Bryant will also participate.
Nov 16, 2021 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. –– Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) released a statement today upon learning that Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT) will not seek reelection. Leahy is the longest-serving senator still in office and a strong supporter of statehood and full home rule for the District of Columbia.
Nov 15, 2021 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC), a senior member of the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, announced that President Biden today signed into law her bill banning smoking, including of electronic cigarettes, on Amtrak as part of the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act. This is the second Norton bill that has been enacted into law to ban smoking on a form of transportation. Norton’s bill to clarify that the ban on smoking on airplanes includes electronic cigarettes was enacted into law in 2018. Norton got the idea for the Amtrak bill when an 11-year-old constituent informed her office that he had seen someone smoking an electronic cigarette on Amtrak. 
Nov 15, 2021 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. –– Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) today reintroduced the District of Columbia Bridges Home Rule Act, which would repeal a redundant 1997 federal law that makes it a crime for a person in the District of Columbia to obstruct any bridge connecting D.C. and Virginia. The District already had, and continues to have, its own local law prohibiting obstructing a bridge in the District. There is no federal law that prohibits a person in Virginia from obstructing such a bridge or a person in any state from obstructing a bridge connecting two states. 
Nov 15, 2021 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) will attend the signing of the historic infrastructure bill at the White House. Norton, who is a senior member of the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure and the chair of its Subcommittee on Highways and Transit, met with President Biden and Secretary of Transportation Buttigieg when the legislation was being written. Under the bill, the District of Columbia will receive $1.1 billion for roads and bridges, $1.2 billion to improve public transportation, the opportunity to apply for $2.5 billion in grant funding dedicated to electric vehicle charging, 164,000 D.C. residents will be eligible to apply for affordable internet access, $10 million to protect against cyberattacks, and $355 million to improve water infrastructure and ensure access to clean, safe drinking water.

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