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Jun 23, 2021 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) and Senator Tom Carper (D-DE) today announced that their bill to ban smoking, including electronic cigarettes, on Amtrak was recently passed by the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee as part of the INVEST in America Act and by the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation as part of the Surface Transportation Investment Act of 2021.
Jun 23, 2021 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) announced the major victories she secured in the House’s fiscal year 2022 District of Columbia Appropriations bill, which was released today. The bill provides $40 million for the D.C. Tuition Assistance Grant Program (DCTAG), which a Norton bill created, and, importantly, increases the DCTAG annual and lifetime awards; prohibits the president from federalizing the D.C. police department; and, in other important steps, removes the two enacted fiscal year 2021 riders, which prohibit D.C. from spending its local funds on abortion services for low-income women and on recreational marijuana commercialization, which more than a dozen states have done.
Jun 23, 2021 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) said that the House’s fiscal year 2022 Financial Services and General Government Appropriations bill, released today, provides $254 million for 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.
Jun 22, 2021 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. – During Pride Month, Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) yesterday reintroduced her District of Columbia Non-Discrimination Home Rule Act to end the unique applicability of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act of 1993 (RFRA) to the District of Columbia. RFRA, which provides more protection for religious exercise than the First Amendment requires, applies to the federal government, the D.C. government and the territorial governments, but not to state governments. Norton’s bill would ensure the District is treated the same as states, while defending LGBTQ and reproductive rights in D.C.
Jun 22, 2021 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) said today’s Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs hearing made a strong case for the D.C. statehood bill. Norton delivered opening remarks at the hearing. “Today’s hearing, just the second Senate hearing on the D.C. statehood bill in history, made the definitive case for the bill,” Norton said. “Despite many questions from Republican senators seeking to challenge the constitutionality of the bill and D.C.’s own ‘readiness’ for statehood, the testimony presented from Mayor Bowser and expert witnesses leaves no doubt that the Washington, D.C. Admission Act is constitutional and that the state would meet all of the financial, economic and other obligations of states.
Jun 22, 2021 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) delivered opening remarks at today’s Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs (HSGAC) hearing on the District of Columbia statehood bill, the second Senate hearing on the bill in history. In her remarks, Norton thanked HSGAC Chairman Gary Peters (D-MI) for holding the hearing and Senator Tom Carper (D-DE), the sponsor of the Senate D.C. statehood bill, for his leadership.
Jun 21, 2021 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) said today that House passage last week of a bill to award Congressional Gold Medals to police forces, including to the Metropolitan Police Department of the District of Columbia (MPD), for their response to the January 6 attack on the Capitol is a strong reminder that MPD, paid for by D.C. residents, helped save the Capitol, members of Congress, and democracy itself that day even though D.C. residents are denied the benefits of that democracy themselves.
Jun 21, 2021 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) will give opening remarks at tomorrow’s Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Government Affairs hearing on the District of Columbia statehood bill.
Jun 21, 2021 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Last Monday, Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) sent a letter giving the National Park Service (NPS) until August 31, 2021, to make a final decision on whether it will change the name of Melvin Hazen Park in the District of Columbia and informing NPS she will consider introducing legislation to change the name if NPS has not made a final decision by then. In February, Norton asked NPS to change the name of the park because Hazen helped demolish the African-American community in the D.C. neighborhood then known as Reno City. In response, NPS said that it needed to take more time to examine whether it has the authority to change the name, and if does have such authority, whether it should change the name.
Jun 17, 2021 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) announced that her bill to ban smoking on Amtrak trains, including electronic cigarettes, was included in the INVEST in America Act, which passed out of the Transportation & Infrastructure Committee last week.

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