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Oct 20, 2021 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. –– Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) sent a letter yesterday to Chief Justice of the Supreme Court John Roberts expressing concern about the Supreme Court's expanded security perimeter, which imposes burdens on and may create safety risks for residents of the neighborhood surrounding the court. The letter asks about the court's legal authority to block vehicle access to the 200 block of A Street NE and to order cars to move from that street, and the analysis the court conducted on safety threats to residents. The letter requested a response by October 26, 2021.
Oct 19, 2021 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC), chair of the Subcommittee on Highways and Transit, which has jurisdiction over the Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA), said today that she is deeply concerned about the derailment of a WMATA train last week, and will consult with Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Chair Peter DeFazio (D-OR) about holding a hearing on the derailment, the safety of WMATA’s 7000-series railcars, and ongoing service disruptions. Norton also said she has requested and expects briefings soon by the chair of the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), Jennifer Homendy, and WMATA General Manager and CEO Paul Wiedefeld. Norton is especially concerned that Metro knew about problems with the wheels on the 7000-series since 2017.
Oct 19, 2021 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) announced the victories she secured in the Senate’s fiscal year (FY) 2022 District of Columbia Appropriations bill, which was released today. The bill includes three of Norton’s top priorities: $40 million for the D.C. Tuition Assistance Grant Program (DCTAG); increases in the DCTAG annual and lifetime awards; and removal of the two enacted FY 2021 riders, which prohibit D.C. from spending its local funds on abortions for low-income women and on recreational marijuana commercialization. The House-passed FY 2022 D.C. Appropriations bill contains these three priorities as well.
Oct 18, 2021 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) will speak at 11:00 a.m. tomorrow, Tuesday, October 19, 2021 at Union Square for a League of Women Voters event to deliver a petition to the Senate signed by 12,500 people from every state in support of the District of Columbia statehood bill. Senator Tom Carper (D-DE), the lead sponsor of the bill in the Senate, will also speak.
Oct 14, 2021 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) released her testimony in this morning’s House Natural Resources Committee Subcommittee on National Parks, Forests, and Public Lands hearing on two of her bills: the Women Who Worked on the Home Front World War II Memorial Act, which would authorize a memorial on federal land in the District of Columbia to honor the 18 million American women who kept the home front running during World War II, and the Georgetown Waterfront Enslaved Voyages Memorial Act, which would authorize the establishment of a memorial on federal land in D.C. to honor enslaved individuals who disembarked at the Georgetown waterfront. The hearing began at 10 a.m. and can be viewed here: https://www.youtube.com/user/NaturalResourcesDems
Oct 14, 2021 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. — President Biden signed the Consider Teachers Act into law yesterday. The bill, co-led by Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC), Congresswoman Victoria Spartz (R-IN), Senator Mike Braun (R-IN), and Senator Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ), will correct a problem with the TEACH Grant program that has caused thousands of teachers to find their grants converted to loans that must be paid back with interest. The Senate passed the bill in April and the House passed it in September.
Oct 13, 2021 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) will testify tomorrow, Thursday, October 14, 2021, at a House Natural Resources Committee Subcommittee on National Parks, Forests, and Public Lands hearing on two of her bills: the Women Who Worked on the Home Front World War II Memorial Act, which would authorize a memorial on federal land in the District of Columbia to honor the 18 million American women who kept the home front running during World War II, and the Georgetown Waterfront Enslaved Voyages Memorial Act, which would authorize the establishment of a memorial on federal land in D.C. to honor enslaved individuals who disembarked at the Georgetown waterfront. The hearing begins at 10 a.m. and can be viewed here: https://www.youtube.com/user/NaturalResourcesDems.
Oct 13, 2021 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) introduced a bill yesterday to remove the authority of the U.S. Commission of Fine Arts (CFA), a federal agency, over District of Columbia-owned property and private property in D.C. This bill, part of Norton’s Free and Equal D.C. Series, expands home rule for the District and does not require statehood. This Congress, Norton has introduced two other land-use home-rule bills, one to give D.C. the authority to appoint all members of the D.C. Zoning Commission and another to remove the authority of the National Capital Planning Commission over D.C.-owned property.
Oct 12, 2021 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, during LGBTQ History Month, Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) introduced a bill to remove the requirement from the REAL ID Act that compliant licenses include a gender designation. The bill instead would leave the decision to the states, and, if a state chooses to require a gender designation, a person would be able to change the designation by self-attestation.
Oct 7, 2021 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Ahead of Indigenous Peoples’ Day, October 11, Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) will introduce a resolution to recognize that the land of the United States was originally inhabited by Native Americans and to call on state and local governments to encourage formal land acknowledgments before public or ceremonial events. Last year, Norton became the first member of Congress to introduce such a resolution.

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