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Jun 7, 2020 Press Release
WASHINGTON D.C. – Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) was briefed by a member of the D.C. National Guard who was on duty last Monday evening when federal police pushed aside peaceful demonstrators to allow President Trump and his staff to go to St. John’s Church for a photo op. What follows is an eyewitness account given to Norton by a National Guard member who was on duty.
Jun 5, 2020 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) today condemned Senator Mike Lee’s (R-UT) statements that District of Columbia Mayor Muriel Bowser is “ungrateful” and “must be stopped” from allegedly “evicting” the Utah National Guard and other state guards from D.C. hotels. Norton noted that state national guards have been deployed in D.C. by state governors at the request of the federal government, without Bowser’s consent, even though Bowser, like governors, has the authority to request the assistance of out-of-state guards under the Emergency Management Assistance Compact. Norton said she is not surprised by Lee’s comments because he has spent considerable time in the Senate introducing legislation to overturn local D.C. laws. Lee, who professes to support local control over local affairs, has been a chronic abuser of Congress’ anti-democratic power over D.C., introducing legislation to overturn D.C.’s occupational licensing laws and create a new D.C. Council committee on occupational licensing; to ban abortions after 20 weeks in the District; and to allow discrimination against D.C.’s LGBTQ residents. Norton has defeated all of these bills.
Jun 4, 2020 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) today issued a statement after Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-MD) reaffirmed his intent yesterday to bring the District of Columbia statehood bill to the House floor during the coronavirus pandemic.
Jun 4, 2020 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) today introduced a resolution designating June as “National Gun Violence Awareness Month” and calling on the Senate to pass important national gun violence prevention legislation that has already passed the House. In previous Congresses, Republicans have introduced legislation to eliminate the District’s gun violence prevention laws, in contravention of home rule. Norton was able to defeat all these measures, and, as a result, none have been introduced this Congress.
Jun 4, 2020 e-Newsletter

Norton Releases Statement on President Trump’s Evening of Violence

Jun 3, 2020 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) said today she appreciates the Federal Bureau of Prisons’ (BOP) action to begin to release D.C. inmates, both federal and D.C. Code offenders, from prison to home confinement pursuant to its new authority under the CARES Act, in light of the coronavirus. The BOP informed Norton that 84 D.C. inmates have been placed on home confinement under the CARES Act, of whom 59 are D.C. Code offenders and 25 are federal offenders. Norton has requested regular updates from BOP on the number of inmates released to home confinement, which the BOP has promised to provide.
Jun 3, 2020 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Following President Trump’s use of federal authority to tear gas peaceful protestors in the nation’s capital, Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC), a veteran of the civil rights movement, today said peaceful protesters are finding ways of their own to protect themselves from blame for disruptive tactics and violence by interlopers and the police.
Jun 2, 2020 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) today called on the House to include her District of Columbia National Guard Home Rule Act, which would give the D.C. mayor control over the D.C. National Guard, in the fiscal year 2021 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which the House Armed Services Committee is expected to pass as soon as this month and the House is expected to pass next month. The governors of the states and the three territories with National Guards control their respective National Guards. Currently, the President controls the D.C. National Guard. Norton also called on the House to pass her D.C. Police Home Rule Act, which would repeal the President’s authority federalize the Metropolitan Police Department.
Jun 2, 2020 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) released the following statement after President Trump’s erratic and violent evening holding a press conference in the Rose Garden while peaceful protesters were being shot with tear gas and rubber bullets nearby. After the press conference, during which his rhetoric became increasingly violent, President Trump went to nearby St. John’s Episcopal Church, which had been damaged by rioting the night before. When he arrived, the President held up a Bible and stood for photos.
May 31, 2020 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Danny Davis (D-IL) and Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC), co-chairs of the longstanding Congressional Caucus on Black Men and Boys, said that the police killing of George Floyd compels congressional hearings on police reform, criminal justice, and needed legislation. However, they said that those are not enough. They will hold a Caucus hearing to hear directly from the African American community on the state of justice in America for African American men and boys following the killing of Floyd, in Minneapolis, Minnesota, by white police officers and of Ahmaud Arbery, an African American jogger killed by two armed white men in Georgia. In both cases videos exposed attacks, marking a new era for seeking racial justice.