Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton

Norton Introduces Bill to Extend D.C.’s Lease of RFK Stadium Site by 50 Years...

The office Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) today announced that Norton has introduced a bill to extend the District of Columbia’s lease with the National Park Service to use the land under Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium (RFK) by 50 years, for a total period of 100 years. Norton said the lease extension will provide the long-term stability required to redevelop the RFK site to include more green space for public use, sports fields, pedestrian bridges to connect the area to Wards 7 and 8, and a memorial more fitting to the legacy of Robert F. Kennedy.

NREL to Receive Public Service Award for 40 Years of Energy Innovation

The U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) is again receiving national recognition for its 40th Anniversary with a prestigious public service award.

EPA awards North Dakota Department of Health nearly $3.9M to protect water quality

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has awarded $3,884,000 to the North Dakota Department of Health (NDDH) to help protect human health and the environment through a Nonpoint Source Program Clean Water Act Section 319 cooperative agreement. This grant is given to states to implement environmental programs that address nonpoint source pollution in surface and groundwater in order to meet and maintain water quality standards.
Energy and Natural Resources Committee

Committee Reviews Key Interior and Energy Nominees

U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, yesterday chaired a hearing of the Energy and Natural Resources Committee to consider six of President Trump’s nominees for key positions at the Department of Energy (DOE) and the Department of the Interior (DOI).

Secretary Zinke and Colorado Senator Gardner Announce more than $50 Million for National Parks...

U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke and Colorado Senator Cory Gardner announced today that the National Park Service is teaming up with partners across the nation to distribute nearly $50 million in high priority maintenance and infrastructure projects at 42 parks in 29 states. Congress provided $20 million for the projects as part of the Centennial Challenge program which will be matched by $33 million from more than 50 park partners to improve trails, restore buildings, and increase visitor access to parks.


For years, dozens of historic rowhouses in an East Baltimore neighborhood sat vacant, boarded up and crumbling from neglect while nearby families were in need of affordable housing. Then, a $9.3 million redevelopment project rehabilitated 32 vacant rowhouses into beautiful affordable housing homes complete with a coffee shop and a workforce development center inside two mixed-use buildings.

EPA WATERS Award Lauds Innovative and Effective Regional Drinking Water Improvements

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region 10 recently honored four Pacific Northwest communities for excellence in providing safe drinking water to the public by using the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund program. The communities of Stevens County (Mission Ridge), WA, and Ashland, Baker City and Garibaldi, OR received this recognition after being nominated by their respective states.

WSSC Commissioners Approve $7 Million to Improve Water Infrastructure

WSSC commissioners today approved two construction contracts totaling $7 million to improve drinking water infrastructure in Montgomery and Prince George’s counties. These contracts underscore WSSC’s clean water mission by replacing aging water mains in the Beltsville area of Prince George’s County and installing a new elevated water storage tank in the Clarksburg area of Montgomery County.

Department of Energy Provides $40 Million for 4 DOE Bioenergy Research Centers

U.S. Secretary of Energy Rick Perry today announced $40 million in Department of Energy awards for the establishment of four DOE Bioenergy Research Centers (BRCs), which will provide the scientific breakthroughs for a new generation of sustainable, cost-effective bioproducts and bioenergy.

EPA Selects Biddeford, Maine Project to Apply for Low-Cost Water Infrastructure Loan

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is inviting Maine Water Company in Biddeford, Maine to apply for a Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (WIFIA) loan
HUD - U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development


The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the U.S. Census Bureau jointly announced the following new residential construction statistics for June 2017.

Share Interior Announces $13.3 Million for Improvements to Local Parks and Recreation in 22...

The U.S. Department of the Interior and the National Park Service announced today $13.3 million through the Outdoor Recreation Legacy Partnership (ORLP) program to assist 22 cities in 17 states with projects to plan, build, and enhance parks and other outdoor recreation facilities in underserved communities.
Energy and Natural Resources Committee

Committee Reviews U.S. Energy and Resource Security

U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, today chaired a hearing held by the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources to examine the status of U.S. and North American energy and resource security. The hearing examined everything from the significant benefits that have resulted from the elimination of the domestic ban on crude oil exports in December 2015 to the need to maintain U.S. nuclear leadership and improve our waning mineral security.

King County qualifies for $129 million from innovative EPA infrastructure loan for Georgetown wet...

Washington’s King County is one of only 12 communities nationwide selected for the first round of funding under a new U.S. Environmental Protection Agency loan aimed at helping spark investment in critical infrastructure projects across the country.

EPA Partners with North Carolina to Protect Drinking Water

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency awarded $3,042,000 to the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality (NCDEQ) to implement and enforce the requirements of the Safe Drinking Water Act. The award was made under the Public Water System Supervision program and will go toward NCDEQ’s oversight of the 5,677 public water systems serving approximately nine million people.

GSA Awards 27 Small Businesses Building Maintenance and Operations Phase II Contracts

The U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) has awarded 27 new contracts to small businesses for its Phase II Building Maintenance and Operations (BMO) Best-in-Class (BIC) strategic sourcing solution. This multiple award solution gives government agencies a more streamlined process for acquiring facility maintenance and operations services, including electrical maintenance, janitorial, landscaping, fire alarm and suppression system maintenance, commissioning and more
HUD - U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development


In an effort to prevent and effectively end homelessness, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) is making $2 billion available to support thousands of local homeless assistance programs nationwide. Funded through the Continuum of Care (CoC) Homeless Assistance Program, HUD’s funding notice continues to encourage local applicants to use a Housing First approach to help individuals and families move quickly into permanent housing

Charles River Water Quality Earns a “B” Grade in 2016

EPA has given a grade of "B" for water quality in the Charles River during 2016. This is a slight reduction from the "B+" grade awarded for water quality in the Charles during 2015.

VA Honors Outstanding Achievements in Support of Homeless Veterans Programs

During several award ceremonies across the country in July, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) will honor exemplary facilities, employees and civilian providers working to address Veteran homelessness.
Natural Resources

Panel: Expanding Offshore Access a Boon for Coastal Communities, Integral to Future Energy Security

The Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources held an oversight hearing on federal offshore oil and gas development on the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS). Panel members discussed the benefits of expanding access to the Atlantic, Gulf of Mexico, Pacific and Alaska for coastal communities, job creation nationally, and increased revenues for both states and the U.S. Treasury.

Energy Department Announces $46.2 Million for 48 Projects to Advance Solar Power Technologies

The Department of Energy announced $46.2 million for 48 projects as part of its SunShot Initiative. These projects are intended to develop innovative, early-stage solar power technologies, which are aimed at lowering costs and improving reliability and efficiency.
HUD - U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development


The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development(HUD) and the National Environmental Health Association (NEHA) today announced that four model programs around the nation are recipients of the HUD Secretary's Award for Healthy Homes, an award recognizing excellence in making indoor environments healthier through healthy homes. For the third consecutive year, HUD and NEHA identified outstanding local programs that promote healthier housing through
Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton

Norton Submits Testimony on Her Amendment to Give D.C. Mayor Local Authority Over D.C....

The office of Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) today released Norton’s testimony on her amendment to the fiscal year 2018 National Defense Authorization Act (H.R. 2810) to give the District of Columbia home-rule authority over the D.C. National Guard. Norton filed her amendment at the House Rules Committee, which is considering H.R. 2810 tomorrow.

Study Shows India Can Integrate 175 GW of Renewable Energy into Its Electricity Grid

The U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) has confirmed the technical and economic viability of integrating 175 gigawatts (GW) of renewable energy into India's grid by 2022.
HUD - U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development


The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development today announced that the Department's Mortgagee Review Board (MRB) is immediately suspending Pennsylvania-based mortgage lender Seckel Capital, LLC from originating and underwriting new mortgages insured by the Federal Housing Administration (FHA). In addition, HUD's Departmental Enforcement Center suspended owner John Seckel from doing business with the Federal government
Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton

Norton, Bowser, and Home-Rule Coalition Stake Out Defense of D.C. Laws In Face of...

The office of Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) released Norton’s prepared remarks in advance of a press conference today with District of Columbia Mayor Muriel Bowser and a national coalition working to protect local D.C. laws from being blocked or overturned by a record number of riders and threats of interference during the fiscal year 2018 appropriations process.

Conference Committee Releases FY2018 State Budget

The conference committee of leaders from the House and Senate released their FY2018 budget(link is external). For a table showing CHAPA's budget priorities in the conference budget, please click here(link is external).
Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton

Norton to Host Press Conference with Mayor Bowser and National Organizations to Defend D.C....

The office of Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) today announced that Norton will host a press conference with District of Columbia Mayor Muriel Bowser and a coalition of national organizations to protect D.C.’s local laws during the fiscal year 2018 appropriations process on Monday, July 10, 2017, at 11:00 a.m., in HVC-215 (Capitol Visitor Center.  With the help of coalition partners, Norton has been able to turn back most of the riders before. 

Justice Department Resolves Allegations of Housing Discrimination Involving North Attleboro Apartment Complex

The Justice Department announced today that it has reached a settlement agreement with J & R Associates, the owner and operator of the Royal Park Apartments, a 224-unit multi-family housing complex in North Attleboro, Massachusetts. The settlement resolves allegations that J & R Associates discriminated against tenants of South Asian descent in violation of the Fair Housing Act, which prohibits housing discrimination on the basis of race and national origin.
Mayor Muriel Bowser

Mayor Bowser Breaks Ground on Short-Term Family Housing

Mayor Bowser broke ground on a short-term family housing building, marking a monumental step forward in the Administration’s effort to close and replace DC General Family Shelter with dignified, service-enriched programs across all eight wards. Short-Term Family Housing is a critical piece of the District’s crisis response system and the Administration’s plan to make homelessness rare, brief, and non-recurring. The Mayor was joined at the groundbreaking by Ward 4 Councilmember Brandon Todd, city officials, members of the Ward 4 Short-Term Family Housing Advisory Team and community members

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Mike Pappas

Top 35 Real Estate Firms for Service Excellence Announced

America’s Top 35 real estate firms based on service excellence are being honored for exceptional customer service satisfaction with an industry first – a QE Award (pronounced “Quie”) – “that measures and independently verifies excellence in the delivery of the highest levels of customer satisfaction and service quality in real estate in North America,” according to Quality Service Certification, Inc. (QSC), creators of the award.

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New home sales prices are increasing, and the pace of new home sales are showing signs of slowing in the four largest homebuilding markets in Texas, but total new home sales remain solid, according to the® New Homes Sales Index and other new home sales data released today.