News and Media Center

Press Releases

Aug 31, 2021 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) reintroduced her bill to remove the National Capital Planning Commission’s (NCPC) authority over D.C. property today.
Aug 30, 2021 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC), Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-MD), Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney (D-NY), Senator Tom Carper (D-DE), and Congressman Anthony Brown (D-MD) announced today that their District of Columbia National Guard Home Rule Act, which would give the D.C. mayor control over the D.C. National Guard (DCNG), has been included in the chairman’s mark of the fiscal year 2022 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), released today. Currently, the President controls the DCNG, while the governors of the states and territories control their National Guards. The House Armed Services Committee will mark up the chairman’s mark on Wednesday.
Aug 24, 2021 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC), Congressman Mondaire Jones (D-NY), and Congressman Ritchie Torres (D-NY) introduced a bill this week to create a stamp commemorating civil rights leader Bayard Rustin, coinciding with the anniversary of the 1963 March on Washington and the anniversary of Rustin's death.
Aug 20, 2021 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) today introduced a resolution that would designate Chuck Brown’s birthday, August 22, 2021, as “Chuck Brown Day” to honor his contributions as the “Grandfather of Go-Go” and his support for District of Columbia statehood. The musical genre of go-go originated in D.C. with Brown as the main progenitor. Norton introduces the resolution each year for Brown’s birthday.
Aug 18, 2021 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) today vowed to defeat an anti-home-rule bill introduced by Congressman Pat Fallon (R-TX) that would prohibit the District of Columbia from requiring an individual to present documentation of COVID-19 vaccination as a condition of entering any building, facility or other venue in D.C.
Aug 18, 2021 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) reintroduced a bill yesterday to create a national commission on combating sexual harassment in all the nation’s major industries and workplaces after watching New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s shameful fall and resignation. The commission would report to Congress on recommended changes in law or regulations and is modeled on legislation Congress enacted to combat other national problems. Specifically, the commission would recommend best practices for preventing, training on, investigating, responding to, and punishing sexual harassment in the private and public sectors. Norton, the first woman to chair the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), issued the first federal guidelines holding sexual harassment to be a violation of equal employment laws, later upheld by the Supreme Court.
Aug 10, 2021 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) said today that the amendment to the budget resolution under consideration in the Senate underscores the need for statehood for the District of Columbia and urged senators to vote against the anti-D.C. amendment. One introduced by Senator Roger Marshall (R-KS), would allow for funds to be spent to retrocede the residential areas of D.C. back to Maryland in lieu of statehood.
Aug 10, 2021 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) reintroduced the District of Columbia Zoning Commission Home Rule Act today, which would remove the Architect of the Capitol and the Director of the National Park Service from the D.C. Zoning Commission. Currently, the Commission consists of these two federal officials and three mayoral appointees, even though the Commission has no authority over federal property. Despite the D.C. Home Rule Act, which gave D.C. jurisdiction over local matters, 40 percent of the members of the Commission are federal officials, who are unaccountable to the more than 700,000 residents who live in the District.
Aug 9, 2021 Press Release
It’s time to eliminate the filibuster. Voting rights advocates to gather near White House for press conference following delivery of petition.
WASHINGTON D.C. — This Thursday, August 12, Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) will speak at a press conference after delivering a petition to the White House calling on President Biden to leverage the power of his office to publicly urge the Senate to end the filibuster and ensure lawmakers can pass her D.C. statehood bill, along with other crucial legislation protecting voting rights. Speakers and event details are listed below.
Jul 30, 2021 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) today announced that she has reintroduced a bill that would correct a retirement issue for several categories of workers who used to be under the District of Columbia retirement system.