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Jul 28, 2020 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) today said that the Republican-led Senate’s fifth coronavirus response bill, released yesterday, must be rejected because it fails to address the needs of the residents of the nation’s capital and of the nation as a whole.
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) today applauded House passage yesterday of the Commission on the Social Status of Black Men and Boys Act, which builds on her D.C. Commission on Black Men and Boys, established almost 20 years ago. The bill, which Norton cosponsored, now heads to the president’s desk.
Jul 24, 2020 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. —Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) announced today that her amendment to provide $1 million for law school clinical programs to provide legal assistance to veterans, including filing and appealing claims for Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) benefits, passed the House of Representatives yesterday. Norton’s amendment is now part of the House-passed fiscal year 2021 Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies Appropriations bill. Norton, who taught law as a tenured professor at the Georgetown University Law Center, cited the 400,000 veterans waiting for claims to be processed as the reason she offered her amendment.
Washington, D.C. - The office of Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) released excerpts today of Norton’s remarks on the House floor about her memories of Representative John Lewis as a colleague in the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC).
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) today held a press conference with House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-MD), Senator Tom Carper (D-DE), and Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) to preemptively advocate for equal treatment of the District of Columbia in the next coronavirus response bill. The CARES Act, passed in March, treated D.C. as a territory for fiscal relief – instead of as a state, as is usually the case for funding purposes – at the insistence of Senate Republicans and the White House, depriving the District of $755 million in fiscal relief to which it was entitled.
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) announced that the William M. (Mac) Thornberry National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2021, which the House passed yesterday, would prohibit governors from deploying their National Guards in another state or the District of Columbia without the consent of the chief executive officer of that jurisdiction Norton celebrated the victory for D.C. and said she considered it especially important after out-of-state National Guard units were deployed to the District last month without the mayor’s consent. Under current law, governors, at the request of the president, may deploy their National Guards in another state or D.C. without the consent of the chief executive officer of that jurisdiction.
Jul 22, 2020 Press Release
Washington, D.C. - Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) strongly supported the Great American Outdoors Act, which the House passed today and now heads to the president’s desk, pointing out that the District of Columbia is a city of parks, with 20 percent of the District consisting of parkland, almost 90 percent of which is under the jurisdiction of the National Park Service (NPS).
WASHINGTON, D.C. – This week, Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) and Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (NY-14) will introduce the Law Enforcement Identification Transparency Act of 2020, requiring all federal and local law enforcement officers to identify their name, agency, and badge number on their uniform at all times while on duty or serving the public. The bill conditions federal funding for local and state law enforcement on the inclusion of identifying information on their uniforms.
Jul 21, 2020 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. — The office of Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) announced that Norton will testify today at a House hearing on her bill to remove the Albert Pike statue from federal land in the District of Columbia and released her testimony. “General Albert Pike was probably the worst of the memorialized Confederates,” Norton said. “He slaughtered Union troops, a war crime, stole funds and was captured by his own troops. His statue should be preserved in a museum, where it can be properly interpreted.” The Pike statue was taken down by a crowd during a demonstration on June 19, 2020, but President Trump has indicated he intends to put the statue back up. The hearing is being held by the Subcommittee on National Parks, Forests, and Public Lands at 10 a.m.
Jul 20, 2020 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) today listed major victories for the District of Columbia in the House Appropriations Committee-passed fiscal year (FY) 2021 appropriations bills.