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Jun 22, 2020 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) announced that today she filed an amendment at the Rules Committee to H.R. 7120, the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act of 2020, that would repeal the President’s authority to federalize the D.C. police department. The Rules Committee will consider amendments to H.R. 7120 on Wednesday, and the House will vote on H.R. 7120 on Thursday.
Jun 22, 2020 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. —Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) today called on the owner of the National Football League’s (NFL) Washington team, Daniel Snyder, and NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell to change the team’s racist name, an issue she has long pressed.
Jun 19, 2020 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) today thanked Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) and Tom Carper (D-DE) for introducing bills this week to give the District of Columbia mayor control over the D.C. National Guard and to repeal the president’s authority to federalize the D.C. police department. Norton is the House sponsor of these bills. The senators introduced the bills after the president deployed D.C. National Guard and out-of-state National Guard troops on the streets of D.C. and considered federalizing the D.C. police department earlier this month during protests for racial justice.
Jun 16, 2020 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) announced today the date of the House floor vote on her District of Columbia statehood bill (H.R. 51) in a joint press conference with Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-MD) this morning. Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser, and D.C. Council Chair Phil Mendelson also spoke. The House’s vote, scheduled for June 26th, will be the first time either chamber of Congress has voted on the D.C. statehood bill since 1993. Norton got the first-ever vote on the D.C. statehood bill in 1993. The bill currently has 224 cosponsors.
Jun 12, 2020 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. – In recognition of Flag Day, Sunday June 14th, Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) celebrated progress in gaining the same respect for the District of Columbia flag that state flags receive as an appropriate prelude to the vote on the House floor later this year on her D.C. statehood bill.
Jun 11, 2020 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC), chair of the Highways and Transit Subcommittee of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, who helped write the House’s new surface transportation reauthorization bill, the INVEST in America Act, today pointed out the portions of the bill that are critical for the District of Columbia.
Jun 11, 2020 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Marcia L. Fudge (OH-11) and Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) today introduced the District of Columbia Government Title Equality Act, which would redesignate the Mayor of the District of Columbia as the Governor, the D.C. Council as the Legislative Assembly, the D.C. Councilmembers as Representatives, and the Chair of the Council as the Speaker. These are the titles used in the State of Washington, Douglass Commonwealth constitution, which the District adopted in 2016 in anticipation of passage of a bill to make D.C. the 51st state.
Jun 10, 2020 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) today called on the House to add her District of Columbia Police Home Rule Act (H.R. 3092), which would repeal the President’s authority to federalize the D.C. police department, to the sweeping police reform bill the House is expected to pass soon, the Justice in Policing Act of 2020. Last week, the Trump administration contemplated federalizing the D.C. police department in response to the protests in D.C. against police brutality.
Jun 9, 2020 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) and Senator Tom Carper (D-DE), sponsors of the District of Columbia statehood bill in the House and Senate, respectively, said the addition of new Senate and House cosponsors of the bill in the last few days undoubtedly speaks to the effect of the unprecedented occupation of the District by federal police and out-of-state troops last week. They thanked the new cosponsors, Senator Jacky Rosen (D-NV) and Congressman Ron Kind (D-WI), and said that the bill, which House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-MD) reiterated last week will go to the House floor this year, already has enough cosponsors alone to pass in the House, and is cosponsored by over three quarters of Senate Democrats.
Jun 8, 2020 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) and Congressman Don Beyer (D-VA) today announced that their Federal Police Camera and Accountability Act of 2019 (H.R. 3364), which would require uniformed federal police officers to wear body cameras and have dashboard cameras in marked vehicles, was included in the House’s new sweeping police reform bill, the Justice in Policing Act of 2020. The House is expected to pass the Justice in Policing Act as soon as this month. Norton and Beyer introduced their bill after U.S. Park Police officers shot and killed 25-year-old Bijan Ghaisar, who was unarmed, in November of 2017.

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