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Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton

Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton

Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton is proud to serve the District of Columbia.

Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton, now in her thirteenth term as the Congresswoman for the District of Columbia, is the ranking member of the House Subcommittee on Highways and Transit. She serves on two committees: the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform and the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure.

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Norton Says Next OGR Chair Should Respect D.C. Home Rule

As Congress prepares to come back from its spring recess tomorrow, Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC), a senior member of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee (OGR), noted that OGR Chairman Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) announced during the recess that he would give up his seat, possibly before the end of this Congress.  Norton issued the following statement
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Norton Wants Hearing on Abusive Removal of United Airlines Passenger from Flight

Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC), a senior member of the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee and its Subcommittee on Aviation, released the following statement calling for a hearing on the violent removal of a passenger from a United Airlines flight
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Norton Introduces Bill to Give D.C. Mayor Local Authority Over D.C. National Guard, Same...

Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) today introduced her bill to give the D.C. home-rule authority over the D.C. National Guard.  The bill, the District of Columbia National Guard Home Rule Act, would give the D.C. mayor the authority that the chief executive of states and territories have over their Guards.  The mayor would be able to deploy the D.C. National Guard during local emergencies, including natural disasters and civil disturbances unrelated to national or homeland security, after consultation with the Commanding General of the D.C. National Guard. 
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D.C. Residents Continue to Be Hired for DHS Headquarters Project; More Opportunities for Small...

The office of Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) today released the most recent data available (January 2017) on the number of District of Columbia residents hired to work at federal construction sites in the District and D.C. small businesses with subcontracts at the sites.  Three of the projects that wrapped up in the fall established generally good D.C. hiring rates as measured against the percentage of D.C. residents in the region (10 percent).
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The Senate passed H.J. Res. 44 (Rep. Liz Cheney, WY-at large), a joint resolution...

Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) will host a “Norton in Your Neighborhood” conversation in conjunction with Advisory Neighborhood Commission 8A this evening, Tuesday, March 7, 2017, at 7:00 p.m., at the District of Columbia Department of Housing and Community Development (1800 Martin Luther King Jr Ave SE).
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Norton Questions Officials at Committee Hearing on Airplane Noise and Minority- and Women-Owned Small...

Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton, co-chair of the Quiet Skies Caucus and a senior member of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, continued her efforts to reduce airplane noise in the District of Columbia and across the country at a committee hearing yesterday. She asked Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport CEO Sean Donohue about that airport’s efforts to address airplane noise in order to see if some of those reforms can be applied to airports like Ronald Reagan National Airport.
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Norton Bill to Require Federal Buildings to Provide Lactation Spaces to Nursing Mothers Passes...

The office of Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) today announced that Norton’s bill, the Fairness for Breastfeeding Mothers Act (H.R. 1174), to require buildings that are either federally owned or leased to provide designated private and hygienic lactation spaces for nursing mothers passed the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee by voice vote. Last Congress, Norton’s bill passed the House as part of the Public Buildings Reform and Savings Act of 2016.
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Norton Cites a Victory as D.C.’s ‘Death with Dignity Act’ Takes Effect Tomorrow, But...

Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) said that the District of Columbia’s medical aid-in-dying bill, the Death with Dignity Act, will take effect tomorrow, Saturday, February 18, 2017. Under the Home Rule Act, D.C. bills take effect upon the expiration of a congressional review period, unless a joint resolution disapproving a bill is enacted into law during the review period. The Death with Dignity Act was transmitted by the D.C. Council to the House and Senate on January 6, 2017, for a 30-legislative-day review period.

Norton Presses Aircraft Engine Manufacturer on When Quieter Engines Will Be Implemented to Help...

Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC), a member of the Quiet Skies Caucus, today at a Transportation and Infrastructure Committee hearing asked an executive of Pratt & Whitney, the nation’s largest producer of aircraft engines, when the company’s PurePower Geared Turbofan engine, which is expected to result in a three-quarters reduction in noise footprint, will be widespread throughout the industry. Dr. Alan Epstein, Pratt and Whitney’s Vice President of Technology and Environment, said that 35 airplanes currently have the new, quieter engine, and that he expects within two years that all new aircraft will have the engine

Norton Releases Opening Statement on Her Amendment to Strike Anti-Home-Rule Language in OGR Committee...

The office of Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) today released her prepared opening statement for a House Oversight and Government Reform Committee (OGR) markup on the Committee’s Authorization and Oversight Plan for the 115th Congress tomorrow, Tuesday, January 31, 2017, at 10:00 a.m., in 2154 Rayburn House Office Building. Norton has filed an amendment to strike an anti-home-rule provision in the plan that calls for increased oversight of the District of Columbia’s local affairs.

Norton Says Republican Markup of Disapproval of D.C.’s Death with Dignity Act on Thursday,...

Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) today blasted the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee for announcing a markup of a disapproval resolution to nullify the District of Columbia’s medical aid-in-dying bill, the Death with Dignity Act, for Thursday, February 2, 2017, at 1:00 p.m., in 2154 Rayburn House Office Building, without giving D.C. officials the opportunity to defend it.

Norton Reelected as Top Democrat on Highways and Transit Subcommittee

Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) was elected by her fellow Democrats on the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee to return as the Ranking Member of its Subcommittee on Highways and Transit. As Ranking Member last Congress, Norton was one of the “Big Four” House Transportation Committee leaders who negotiated the first long-term surface transportation bill in a decade, and successfully ensured that key Democratic priorities made it into the final, bipartisan bill.

Norton Begins Defense of D.C. Home Rule After Slew of Bills Introduced, Files Amendment...

The office of Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) announced that Norton has filed an amendment at the House Rules Committee to H.R. 7, the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion and Abortion Insurance Full Disclosure Act of 2017, to strike the provision making the bill applicable to the District of Columbia. The Rules Committee will hold a markup today, Monday, January 23, 2017, at 5:00 p.m., in H-313, to decide what amendments, if any, will be allowed to be offered when bill goes to the floor tomorrow.

Norton Blasts Lankford and Wenstrup for Introducing Bills to Block D.C.’s ‘Death with Dignity...

Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) said she plans to mount a vigorous defense of the District of Columbia’s medical aid-in-dying bill, the Death with Dignity Act, from congressional attacks after Senator James Lankford (R-OK) and Representative Brad Wenstrup (R-OH) today introduced resolutions of disapproval to block the District’s local legislation from taking effect.

Norton to Discuss Her Approach to the Trump Administration and Other D.C. Issues at...

Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) will host a “Norton in Your Neighborhood” conversation in conjunction with Advisory Neighborhood Commission 1B this evening, Thursday, January 5, 2017, at 6:30 p.m., at the District of Columbia Housing Finance Agency (815 Florida Ave. NW).

Norton Asks DDOT to Consider Alternatives to Suspending All Roadwork Ahead of MLK Weekend...

The office of Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) today released her letter to District of Columbia Department of Transportation (DDOT) Director Leif Dormsjo asking DDOT to consider alternatives to the current plan of suspending all construction activities on roadways and sidewalks from Friday, January 13, 2017 through Tuesday, January 24, 2017

D.C. Residents See Increase in Opportunities at Federal Construction Sites in D.C.

The office of Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) today released the most recent data available (September 2016) on the number of District of Columbia residents hired to work at federal construction sites in the District and D.C. small businesses with subcontracts at the sites.  The projects did not hire new workers during this period except for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) headquarters project at St. Elizabeths, where Grunley Construction hired an additional D.C. resident.  A new small business set-aside was awarded for DHS Operations Center phase 2 fit-out

Norton Blasts Meadows for Trampling on D.C. Home Rule with Bill Gutting D.C. Occupational...

Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) today blasted Representative Mark Meadows (R-NC) for wasting no time in introducing a bill yesterday to use congressional power to interfere with and alter the District of Columbia’s local occupational licensing laws. Meadows’ bill (H.R. 6312) targets occupational licensing laws in the District, military bases, and certain national parks. The bill also requires the D.C. Council to create a legislative committee or subcommittee on occupational regulations. Senator Mike Lee (R-UT) introduced an identical bill (S. 3158) in the Senate earlier this year

Norton Welcomes New Members of Congress to D.C., Encourages Them to Support Statehood and...

Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) today released her biennial letter to new members of the House and Senate, offering useful information on why they might want to live in one of “the world’s most beautiful and pleasant cities” and inviting them to cosponsor her District of Columbia statehood bill.  The letter also discussed how D.C. is “the only city on the congressional agenda.” 

Norton to Host Town Hall on Maintaining and Improving D.C.’s NPS-owned Neighborhood Parks, Tuesday

Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) will host a community town hall entitled “Our Neighborhood Crown Jewels: National Park Service’s Urban Parks in D.C.” tomorrow, Tuesday, November 1, 2016, at 6:30 p.m., at the African America Civil War Museum (1925 Vermont Ave. NW). In a rare opportunity to speak to regional NPS leadership, Norton will be joined by National Park Service (NPS) National Capital Region Regional Director Bob Vogel and five regional NPS superintendents to hear from D.C. residents on how NPS can work with the community to maintain D.C.’s NPS-owned neighborhood parks located in all eight wards.

Norton to Speak at United Way Resource Fair for D.C.’s Homeless Residents, Today

Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) will speak at the second annual “Project Homeless Connect,” a one-day resource fair, today, Wednesday, October 19, 2016, at 11:00 a.m., at Central Union Mission (65 Massachusetts Ave, NW). The event, presented by United Way of the National Capital Area, will provide on-site medical and dental care and access to housing, employment and other vital services to residents who are experiencing homelessness

Federal Construction Projects in D.C. Show No Hiring or Subcontracting; As Firms Increase Work,...

The office of Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) today released the most recent set of available data (July 2016) on the number of District of Columbia residents hired to work at federal construction sites in the District and D.C. small businesses with subcontracts at the sites.  These projects were not hiring from any jurisdiction in July, but D.C. representation among workers held steady.  The same was true of subcontracting, with no sites adding subcontractors from any jurisdiction

Norton Introduces Bill to Make D.C. Eligible for Federal Flood Mitigation and Prevention Funds

Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC), a senior member of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, has introduced a bill to amend the Coastal Zone Management Act of 1972 (CMZA) in order to include the District of Columbia in the definition of a coastal state, which would make D.C. eligible for federal coastal zone management funding. Norton’s bill would also give the District oversight for federally issued permits/facilities/actions that affect the coastal waters of the District. Norton said she believes the District’s omission from the CMZA was an unintentional oversight, as the CMZA was passed in 1972—before the District achieved home rule—and the territories were included.

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