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Jun 17, 2021 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. — On the day the House voted to make June 19th, known as Juneteenth, a National Holiday, Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) said Juneteenth should remind Congress that the District is still a federally controlled jurisdiction, and it is time for the residents of the nation’s capital to finally become equal to other Americans by achieving statehood and voting representation in Congress.
Jun 17, 2021 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Ahead of Juneteenth, on Saturday, the holiday commemorating the end of slavery two and a half years after the Emancipation Proclamation, and a day after the House passed a bill establishing Juneteenth as a federal holiday, Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) today introduced a bill to authorize the establishment of a memorial on federal land in the District of Columbia to honor enslaved individuals who disembarked at the Georgetown waterfront. The commemorative work, to be established by the Georgetown African American Historic Landmark Project and Tour, would honor the enslaved individuals’ presence, celebrate their contributions to history and recognize their resilience and fortitude.
Jun 16, 2021 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC), co-chair of the Quiet Skies Caucus, today said the response from the Department of Defense (DoD) to her February 26 letter requesting limits on helicopter flights over District of Columbia due to noise is a good step forward. DoD expressed enthusiasm for continued collaboration with Norton and assured adherence to considerate airmanship, stating that “all DoD aircrews are expected to ‘fly neighborly’ with regard for the safety and comfort of persons on the ground at all times.”
Jun 16, 2021 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) announced that yesterday the House passed her bill with Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-MD), Senator Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), and Congressman Rodney Davis (R-IL) to provide the National Children’s Museum (NCM) with rent-free space in the federally owned Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center in the District of Columbia. Van Hollen and Capito have introduced the bill in the Senate.
Jun 15, 2021 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) said that President Biden today nominated Jia Cobb to the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. Norton recommended Cobb to Biden. Biden, like Presidents Clinton and Obama, has granted Norton senatorial courtesy for judges on the U.S. District Court for D.C., the U.S. Attorney for D.C., the U.S. Marshal for the D.C. Superior Court, and the U.S. Marshal for the U.S. District Court for D.C.
Jun 15, 2021 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) announced today that the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Government Affairs will conduct a hearing on the District of Columbia. statehood bill at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, June 22, 2021. Norton will deliver opening remarks at the hearing. “The Senate hearing shows that momentum continues to build for our D.C. statehood bill," Norton said. "D.C. statehood now has 54% support nationwide, according to the most recent detailed poll, and I expect that support to grow even more after the Senate hearing, as it has after the House hearings. As only the second Senate hearing ever on D.C. statehood, next week will be historic. Thank you to Chairman Peters for scheduling this hearing and to Senator Carper for his strong and fruitful leadership on D.C. statehood."
Jun 14, 2021 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Senate today confirmed Judge Kentaji Brown Jackson of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, whom Norton recommended to President Obama for the district court, to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit.
Jun 14, 2021 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. – The office of Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) announced today that the congresswoman will hold a virtual community meeting on whether the portion of Beach Drive that has been closed to vehicle traffic during the pandemic should remain closed permanently. Norton initially supported the closure, saying it has become apparent during the pandemic how important and healthy it is to be outdoors, but has since heard from many constituents would like the road reopened to cars. This meeting will provide a chance for both sides to speak and make their respective cases before a final decision is made.
Jun 14, 2021 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. – In recognition of Flag Day today, Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) celebrated progress made in gaining the same respect for the District of Columbia flag that state flags receive. Since Flag Day 2020, the House has passed her D.C. statehood bill twice.
Jun 14, 2021 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC), Chair of the Subcommittee on Highways and Transit, today highlighted provisions benefitting the District of Columbia she got included in the INVEST in America Act, which the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure passed last week. “The INVEST in America Act is an unprecedented investment in our infrastructure, providing a 54 percent increase over the current level,” Norton said. “The bill reauthorizes for another 10 years special federal funding Metro receives for capital improvements and, importantly, increases the authorized funding level each year until it reaches $200 million.” Metro has been receiving $150 million per year.

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