News and Media Center

Jul 6, 2021 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Last week, Congressman Gus Bilirakis (R-FL), Congresswoman Kathy Castor (D-FL), and Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) filed bipartisan legislation to improve the federal government’s vehicle safety testing practices, specifically those involving the use of crash test dummies. The Furthering Advanced and Inclusive Research for Crash Tests Act (FAIR Crash Tests Act) would order a comprehensive Government Accountability Office (GAO) study of current federal vehicle safety tests and how those tests impact the safety of all drivers and passengers. It also requires a GAO evaluation of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)’s failure to use crash test dummies that represent the driving public, especially women, while assessing vehicle safety through its 5-star safety rating program. Current tests fail to use crash test dummies that are representative of women, especially in the driver’s seat, even though research suggests that women have a higher likelihood of being killed or significantly injured in a car crash. Alarmingly, 8,500 women were killed in car crashes in the U.S. in 2018, with 61 percent of the women being in the driver’s seat.
Jul 1, 2021 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC), Chair of the Subcommittee on Highways and Transit, released her House floor remarks on the INVEST in America Act, the surface transportation infrastructure bill, which Norton held write and which the House passed today.
Jun 30, 2021 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) today thanked the dozens of national and local groups, led by DC Vote, that sent a letter yesterday to the House and Senate Appropriations Committees opposing any anti-home-rule riders on the fiscal year 2022 D.C. Appropriations bill. Yesterday, the House Appropriations Committee passed the bill, which did not contain any anti-home-rule riders.
Jun 29, 2021 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) will visit Martha’s Table, a Head Start facility, tomorrow with Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Xavier Becerra and Director of the Office of Head Start, Dr. Bernadine Futrell, tomorrow at 9:00 a.m. to announce the distribution of funding from the American Rescue Plan.
Jun 29, 2021 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) announced that the Committee on Oversight and Reform today passed her D.C. Chief Financial Officer Salary Home Rule Act, which would eliminate the cap on the pay of the D.C. Chief Financial Officer (CFO), and her D.C. Local Juror Non-Discrimination Act, which would prohibit discrimination against jurors in the D.C. Superior Court based on sexual orientation and gender identity.
Jun 29, 2021 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) highlighted two reports released by the House Appropriations Committee that include victories for the District of Columbia. The report accompanying the fiscal year 2022 D.C. Appropriations bill requires a plan to phase out the D.C. voucher program in fiscal year 2023. Norton has supported phasing out the program because the program was created by Congress without D.C.’s consent and the program has failed to improve academic achievement, as measured by reading and math test scores. The report accompanying the fiscal year 2022 Legislative Branch Appropriations bill directs the Architect of the Capitol to complete the Louisiana Avenue bike lane and the Capitol Police to allow sledding on Capitol grounds.
Jun 28, 2021 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) today reintroduced the District of Columbia Clemency Home Rule Act, which would give D.C. exclusive authority, like the states and territories have, to grant clemency to offenders convicted under its local laws. Currently, this authority is exercised in D.C. by the President.
Jun 28, 2021 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) announced today that the Committee on Oversight and Reform (COR) tomorrow will mark up two of her bills, the D.C. Chief Financial Officer Salary Home Rule Act, which would allow D.C. to raise the pay of its Chief Financial Officer (CFO), and the D.C. Local Juror Non-Discrimination Act, which would bar disqualification from jury service in the D.C. Superior Court based on sexual orientation and gender identity. The markup begins at 9 a.m. and may be viewed on COR’s website.
Jun 25, 2021 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC), chair of the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure’s Subcommittee on Highways and Transit, said that the infrastructure framework announced by President Biden yesterday is an indication of bipartisan progress on the President’s infrastructure agenda but falls far short in total funding and on climate change. However, she said that even this framework is unlikely to pass unless it meets Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s ultimatum that there will be no House vote on the physical infrastructure bill until the Senate also passes the President’s human infrastructure bill, including childcare and nutrition.
Jun 25, 2021 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) praised the fiscal year 2022 Financial Services and General Government Appropriations bill, which passed out of the Financial Services and General Government Subcommittee yesterday, for providing $254 million to the General Services Administration for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) consolidation project at the St. Elizabeths West Campus in Ward 8 in the District of Columbia.

Pages