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Dec 9, 2020 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. —Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC), the author of the Federal and District of Columbia Government Real Property Act of 2006, which transferred 67 acres of federal land (Reservation 13) in Hill East to the District of Columbia, said today she is “delighted that the city has reached a major milestone in the development of this land with the announcement of the Request for Proposals” for almost 500,000 square feet of land area for mixed-used development, with a focus on affordable housing. The land is located near RFK Stadium.
Dec 9, 2020 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC), House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-MD), Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-MD), Senator Tom Carper (D-DE), and District of Columbia Mayor Muriel Bowser released statements today advocating for full and fair funding for the District in the next coronavirus bill. The CARES Act, passed in March, deprived the District of $755 million in fiscal relief that would have gone toward helping D.C. residents and businesses recover from the dual economic and health crises presented by the coronavirus. The next coronavirus bill must include these funds and treat D.C. the same as the states, as legislation usually does for purposes of federal funding.
Dec 9, 2020 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) applauded House passage last week of the Marijuana Opportunity Reinvestment and Expungement Act (MORE Act). Norton is an original cosponsor of the MORE Act. The bill decriminalizes marijuana at the federal level, expunges marijuana convictions, and invests in local communities. It imposes a tax on marijuana sales and opens the door to commercialization of recreational marijuana in D.C.
Dec 8, 2020 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C.— As the possibility of a federal government shutdown looms this week, Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) today assured District of Columbia residents that a provision she gets included in each District of Columbia Appropriations bill will keep the D.C. government open if the federal government shuts down this Saturday, when the current fiscal year (FY) 2021 short-term continuing resolution (CR) expires.
Dec 8, 2020 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) heralded House passage today of the final Water Resources Development Act of 2020 (WRDA), the major water infrastructure bill. This bill includes a provision that would help accelerate the cleanup of harmful sediments in and around the federal navigation channel in the Anacostia River. This provision changes the parameters, depth and coordinates of the federal navigation channel. The Congresswoman’s provision supports the District of Columbia Department of Energy and Environment’s (DOEE) plan to remediate the Anacostia River, a priority for Norton, by either dredging or capping toxic sediment to make the river safe for wildlife and District residents. This plan is called the Anacostia River Sediment Project.
Dec 7, 2020 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Over five years after corrosion and structural weakness led to lane closures and the imposition of a weight limit, the Memorial Bridge fully reopened today with all lanes open to traffic. The historic bridge, which connects Arlington National Cemetery in Northern Virginia and the Lincoln Memorial in the District of Columbia, was repaired with a $227 million rehabilitation project secured after a multi-year advocacy effort by the congressional delegation.
Dec 2, 2020 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) thanked House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-MD) for becoming today an original cosponsor of the District of Columbia statehood bill in the 117th Congress, which begins in January 2021.
Nov 17, 2020 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) announced that her bill allowing the National Children’s Museum (NCM), a congressionally designated museum, to remain in the federally owned Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center in the District of Columbia without charge passed today in the House by voice vote, which will enhance its chances in the Senate. Norton says that the passage will allow the nation’s first combination children’s museum and science center to remain centrally located in the nation’s capital for the benefit of D.C. residents and the many visitors who come annually to the nation’s capital. Norton introduced the bill before the coronavirus pandemic but said the pandemic made the bill’s passage even more urgent. Though the museum remains temporarily closed because of the pandemic, it has continued to provide valuable educational resources virtually.
Nov 17, 2020 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) and Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) sent a letter yesterday to the leadership of the House and Senate Appropriations Subcommittees on Financial Services and General Government in support of the District of Columbia’s request for $118.3 million for the D.C. emergency planning and security fund (EPSF) in the final fiscal year 2021 D.C. Appropriations bill. The federally-funded EPSF pays for the unique public safety and security costs the District incurs as the nation’s capital and is used to cover expenses such as inaugurations and major events requiring an increased police presence.
Nov 12, 2020 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) today vowed to overcome the Senate’s fiscal year 2021 (FY21) District of Columbia Appropriations bill, released this week, which would reduce funding for the D.C. Tuition Assistance Grant Program (DCTAG) by $30 million, from $40 million to just $10 million. Despite prior attempts by Republicans to cut DCTAG funding, Norton has been able to get $40 million for DCTAG each of the last four years, even with Republican control of Congress, enough to benefit thousands of D.C. students, and she anticipates similar success this year. The Senate bill also attacks D.C. home rule with riders that would prohibit D.C. from spending its local funds on abortions for low-income women and on commercializing recreational marijuana. It also would appropriate D.C.’s local funds, preempting the Local Budget Autonomy Act. While the bill contains some provisions Norton fought to get for D.C., including $8 million for D.C. Water, $3 million for HIV/AIDS treatment and prevention, and an exemption for D.C. should the federal government temporarily shut down, Norton vowed to overcome the provision reducing funding for DCTAG, as she has done in the past.

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