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Nov 15, 2021 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. –– Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) today congratulated the Howard University administration and the student protestors on reaching an agreement. Last week, Norton requested a meeting with Wayne Frederick, president of the prestigious historically Black university located in the District of Columbia. Norton was also seeking a meeting with student protest leaders to discuss their concerns. The protest, during which students, alumni, housing activists and celebrities slept outdoors in tents to bring attention to their concerns, lasted 34 days.
Nov 10, 2021 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. – As President Biden prepares to sign the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act into law next week, Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) highlighted the ways the historic legislation will benefit the District of Columbia. 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 Biden and Secretary of Transportation Buttigieg when the legislation was being written. Under the bill, D.C. 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, eligibility for 164,000 D.C. residents 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. Norton emphasized the unprecedented nature of the bill, a breakthrough from simply adding funds to embracing new approaches to transportation and infrastructure.
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) reintroduced the Paul Laurence Dunbar Commemorative Coin Act to direct the Secretary of the Treasury to mint 50,000 five-dollar coins, 400,000 one-dollar coins and 750,000 half-dollar coins in recognition of Paul Laurence Dunbar, one of the most influential African-American poets in American literature, ahead of the 150th anniversary of Paul Laurence Dunbar Senior High School in the District of Columbia. The surcharge on each coin sold would benefit scholarships and similar activities of the Dunbar Alumni Federation, the alumni association for the historic Paul Laurence Dunbar Senior High School, the first public high school for African Americans in the United States. Norton is a Dunbar alumnus. Many well-known and accomplished African Americans graduated from Dunbar. Among many notable alumni are: Edward Brooke, the first popularly elected African American to the U.S. Senate; Wesley A. Brown, the first African American to graduate from the U.S. Naval Academy; and Robert C. Weaver, the first-ever Secretary for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.
WASHINGTON, D.C. –– Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) today introduced her annual Veterans Day resolution honoring the more than 30,000 D.C. veterans and their families, who served their country without voting representation in Congress or complete home rule. The resolution condemns the denial of voting rights in Congress and full home rule for D.C. veterans and their families and calls for statehood for the District to make D.C. veterans and other residents equal.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) today released the response her office received from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to her request that HUD use its executive discretion not to enforce rules against marijuana use in federally assisted housing that is in compliance with the marijuana laws of the state where the property is located.
Nov 8, 2021 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) vowed today to defeat two bills recently introduced by Republicans aimed at damaging the District of Columbia’s economy. Congressman Warren Davidson (R-OH) introduced the Drain the Swamp Act of 2021, which would require all executive branch agencies to move their headquarters outside of the D.C. area and to only have 10 percent of their employees in the D.C. area by 2026. Congressman Louie Gohmert (R-TX) introduced the Stop Wasting All our Money on Palaces Act, or the SWAMP Act, which would prohibit the federal government from entering into a contract to construct a new federal building, including one built to be leased by the federal government, in D.C. for two years. The premise of the SWAMP Act is to save money, but the bill doesn’t prohibit the federal government from entering into a contract to build a federal building outside of D.C. during the two-year period.
Nov 6, 2021 Press Release
WASHINGTON – Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) and Senator Tom Carper (D-DE) announced that their bill to ban smoking, including of electronic cigarettes, on Amtrak passed the House last night as part of the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act and is now headed to the president’s desk.
Nov 4, 2021 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) released remarks she gave on the House floor earlier this week in support of the Build Back Better Act, highlighting the plan’s action on climate change and education. She noted that unlike the prior administration, Democrats are not adding to the deficit with the Build Back Better.
Nov 2, 2021 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) announced today that the Committee on Oversight and Reform (COR) will mark up her District of Columbia Courts Vacancy Reduction Act on Thursday, November 4, 2021, at 2:00 p.m. The bill would allow judicial appointments to the local District of Columbia courts to take effect after a 30-day congressional review period, unless a joint resolution disapproving an appointment is enacted into law during that period. Currently, nominees to the local D.C. courts require Senate confirmation. The bill would make the congressional review process for appointees the same as the one currently used for legislation passed by the D.C. Council. The markup can be viewed on COR’s website.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) today reintroduced her bill to give the District of Columbia the authority to appoint all members of the D.C. Board of Zoning Adjustment (Board), except when the Board is performing functions regarding an application by a foreign mission with respect to a chancery. Under current law, in general, the Board consists of a representative of the National Capital Planning Commission (NCPC) and the D.C. Zoning Commission, each of whom may be a federal official, and three mayoral appointees, subject to D.C. Council approval. The Board has no authority over federal property.