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Jul 2, 2020 Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC – Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) today thanked Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) and Tom Carper (D-DE) for filing an amendment to the fiscal year 2021 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which the Senate is considering on the floor this week, to give the District of Columbia mayor control over the D.C. National Guard. The President controls the D.C. National Guard, while the governors of the states and territories control their respective National Guards. This issue was raised again when the Trump administration deployed federal police, the D.C. National Guard and out-of-state National Guard troops on D.C. streets, without the mayor's consent, in response to largely peaceful protests. Norton, whose D.C. statehood bill passed in the House on Friday, has long fought for D.C. to have control over its local affairs, including the D.C. National Guard, a home-rule issue that does not require statehood.
Jul 1, 2020 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Senate Democratic Policy and Communications Committee (DPCC) will hold a virtual hearing entitled “Statehood and Equality for Washington, D.C.” tomorrow, Wednesday, July 1, 2020, at 3:00 p.m. on the heels of House passage of the District of Columbia statehood bill (H.R. 51) last Friday. Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC), the author of H.R. 51, will testify. Also testifying will be D.C. Mayor Muriel Bower; Monica Hopkins, executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union of D.C.; Rick Lee, owner of Lee’s Flower and Card Shop; and James Nelson Rimensnyder, veteran and lifelong D.C. resident.
Jun 30, 2020 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) today sent an open letter to the District of Columbia's LGBTQ community in celebration of Pride Month. Norton, who is celebrating this month's Supreme Court decision prohibiting employers from discriminating against employees for being gay or transgender, has participated in the District’s Pride festivities since 1990. Norton has been an outspoken ally of the LGBTQ community since being elected to Congress.
Jun 26, 2020 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. – After managing the debate on the District of Columbia statehood bill (H.R. 51) on the House floor, Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) celebrated House passage of the bill today with House leadership and her colleagues following overwhelming support by 232 Democrats, most of them cosponsors of the bill. The bill had 227 cosponsors, more than enough to guarantee passage. Neither chamber of Congress had passed the bill before.
Jun 26, 2020 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) today managed the historic debate on the House floor on her District of Columbia statehood bill (H.R. 51). In her opening statement on the bill, Norton said, “As we approach July 4th, it is long past time to apply the nation’s oldest slogan, ‘no taxation without representation’ and the principle of consent of the government to D.C. residents.”
Jun 23, 2020 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. —Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) announced today that she will introduce legislation to remove the Andrew Jackson statue from Lafayette Park in the District of Columbia, citing Jackson’s ownership of slaves and genocide of Native Americans.
Jun 23, 2020 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC), who has long sought long term-investment to maintain the three public golf courses in the District of Columbia, today celebrated the announcement that the National Park Service (NPS) will begin negotiations with National Links Trust (NLT) to operate the three historic golf courses here in the District.
Jun 23, 2020 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) will testify tomorrow on behalf of House Democrats at the Rules Committee hearing on her District of Columbia statehood bill, H.R. 51, the Washington, D.C. Admission Act. Members of Congress will be the only witnesses at the hearing. The Rules Committee will vote on a rule that sets the parameters for consideration of H.R. 51 on the House floor on Friday. The Rules Committee will meet virtually at 11 a.m. tomorrow, Wednesday, June 24, 2020, to consider H.R. 51 and four other bills. The meeting will be streamed live on rules.house.gov.
Jun 23, 2020 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. —Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) announced today that she will introduce legislation to remove the Emancipation Statue from Lincoln Park in the District of Columbia, a federal park, citing its problematic depiction of the fight to achieve emancipation.
Jun 22, 2020 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) today wrote a letter to Chairman David E. Price and Ranking Member Mario Diaz-Balart on the Transportation, Housing, Urban Development and Related Agencies Subcommittee under the House Committee on Appropriations asking the committee to include report language expressing concern with the Federal Railroad Administration's (FRA) plans for a parking deck as part of the Union Station Expansion Project. In addition, she requested that FRA work with DC government to develop a revised plan with fewer unnecessary parking places.

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