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WASHINGTON, D.C. — Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) reintroduced a resolution that would designate September 23rd as “Mary Church Terrell Day,” recognizing Mary Church Terrell’s lasting contributions to the civil rights and women’s rights movements. Mary Church Terrell, the daughter of freed slaves, moved to the District of Columbia in 1887 to become a teacher at M Street Colored High School, later known as Dunbar High School (Norton’s alma mater).
Sep 25, 2020 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressional Black Caucus Chair Congresswoman Karen Bass (D-CA) and Congressional Black Caucus Judicial Nominations Task Force Chair Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) today issued the following statement regarding the current Supreme Court vacancy: “Along with Americans throughout the country, we are devastated by the loss of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Justice Ginsburg devoted her life first to fighting for justice and equality and then on the Court to expanding equality and devoting herself to the fair application of the law. She exhibited all of the qualities that are so desperately needed on the Court today, including sound reasoning, the ability to work with those with whom one disagrees, compassion and empathy. Her death puts our nation at a critical juncture in American history regarding the future course not only for the Supreme Court, but also for the idea of the rule of law itself in our country, perhaps for decades to come. The only sound course so close to an election is for the Senate to postpone consideration of a nominee for this open seat until after the inauguration of the next president."
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) today released a national capital region letter she led to the Government Accountability Office (GAO) strongly opposing changes to the current Slot and Perimeter rules that govern aircraft traffic at Reagan National Airport. GAO is conducting a study on the potential impacts of allowing exceptions to the Slot and Perimeter rules at Reagan National. Norton is a member of the Aviation Subcommittee of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure and Co-Chair of the Quiet Skies Caucus, a group of Members of Congress aiming for solutions to the increasing noise pollution associated with busy airports. The letter was joined by Rep. Steny H. Hoyer (D-MD), Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD), Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-MD), Rep. C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger (D-MD), Rep. John P. Sarbanes (D-MD), Rep. Robert J. Wittman (R-VA), Senator Mark R. Warner (D-VA), Rep. Gerald E. Connolly (D-VA), Senator Tim Kaine (D-VA), Rep. Donald S. Beyer, Jr., (D-VA), Rep. Anthony G. Brown (D-MD), Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-MD) and Rep. David Trone (D-MD).
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) and Congresswoman Karen Bass (D-CA) today released a letter they and 27 other Members of the House sent to Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Administrator Stephen Dickson expressing concern about a recent FAA report regarding airplane noise metrics. Norton is a senior member of the Aviation Subcommittee and co-chair of the Quiet Skies Caucus. Bass is also a member of the Quiet Skies Caucus.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) helped chair a Transportation and Infrastructure Committee hearing titled “Driving Equity: The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Program.” Norton’s opening statement, as prepared for delivery, follows.Anchor
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) today blasted Republicans for refusing to agree to the District of Columbia’s request for $97.1 million in the fiscal year 2021 continuing resolution (CR) for its Emergency Planning and Security Fund (EPSF). The CR, released today, provides effectively only $17.5 million for the EPSF. The federally funded EPSF pays for the public safety and security costs the District incurs as the nation’s capital, such as for protests and the upcoming inauguration. Norton vowed to make the District whole in a future spending bill.
Washington, D.C. — Today, on the International Day of Peace, Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) reintroduced a resolution designating September as national Peace Month and calling on Congress to take action to promote peace, at home and abroad, an idea that came from the Helpful Potato Bugs, a class of second-grade students at Horace Mann Elementary School in the District of Columbia. In 2018, the students sent Norton a handwritten note, adorned with peace signs, expressing their desire to “help make the world a peaceful place” and for “all Americans to be nice, have no conflicts, and be very peaceful.”
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) today announced she will introduce legislation to give the District of Columbia the authority to make parole and supervised release determinations beginning on November 1, 2022. Currently, the U.S. Parole Commission (Commission) makes these determinations for D.C. Code felons. The Commission’s authorization, which expires on October 31, 2020, would be extended for two years by the fiscal year 2021 continuing resolution the House is expected to pass this week.
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) issued the following statement on the passing of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who Norton knew as a friend for 50 years and worked with as a lawyer:
Sep 18, 2020 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) today released the response from the Census Bureau to her August 14, 2020, letter where she raised serious concerns about the lack of Spanish-speaking enumerators and Mobile Questionnaire Assistance staff in District of Columbia for the ongoing 2020 Census. In its response, the Census Bureau noted it has hired 200 Spanish-speaking enumerators. The Census Bureau also indicated that is has already counted more than 86% of D.C. households overall.