News from Representative Eleanor Holmes Norton


Congresswoman Norton is resuming her weekly newsletter summarizing significant actions of the prior week.  

National & Regional Leaders Decry Unprecedented Unfairness to D.C. in 3rd Coronavirus Bill, Norton Already at Work on Retroactive Fix in Next Bill
Senate Republicans and the White House, who wrote the third COVID-19 bill, intentionally treated D.C. as a territory instead of a state in the state stabilization fund, depriving the District of $750 million—even though D.C. is almost always treated as a state for federal funding, because D.C. pays full federal taxes, D.C. pays more in federal taxes than 22 states, and D.C. pays more federal taxes per capita than any state.

As soon as Senate Republicans released the draft bill, Norton worked to fix the treatment of the District, but Senate Republicans refused. Norton appreciates that Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-MD), along with Senate Democratic allies, have spoken out, and are working with her to retroactively fix the treatment of D.C. in the next coronavirus response bill.

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Norton Receives Assurances from Hope Village on Safe Conditions During the Coronavirus, Calls for Federal Visit
Congresswoman Norton received assurances during a conference call and in writing from Hope Village, the men’s halfway house in the District of Columbia, that it is providing safe conditions for its residents during the coronavirus, after Norton received reports that it was not doing so. Nevertheless, Norton has called on the Federal Bureau of Prisons, which houses inmates at Hope Village, to conduct an unannounced site visit to ensure the safety of residents.

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Norton Reports More Than 50 Actions Taken by her Congressional and District Offices During First Week of Telework to Encourage Constituents to Continue Seeking Help and Information from Her Office
Congresswoman Norton released actions taken by her office during its first week of telework. Norton led or cosigned more than 50 letters to the congressional leadership, the Trump Administration and the private sector relating to the coronavirus. These letters, among other things, urged mandatory telework for eligible federal employees and contractors, larger and more frequent direct cash payments to individuals, student debt relief, reducing the interest rates on small business loans, and protecting the health of incarcerated individuals. 

In addition to the letters, Norton’s caseworkers helped repatriate D.C. residents stuck overseas, distributed information about access to small business loans and helped constituents with eviction proceedings. 

Norton’s office is teleworking 9:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. Monday-Friday. 

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