Congresswoman Norton’s Weekly eNewsletter

Norton Highlights Benefits for D.C. in Historic Infrastructure Legislation

Norton highlighted the ways the historic legislation will benefit the District of Columbia. Norton, who is a senior member of the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure and the chair of its Subcommittee on Highways and Transit, met with Biden and Secretary of Transportation Buttigieg when the legislation was being written. Under the bill, D.C. will receive $1.1 billion for roads and bridges, $1.2 billion to improve public transportation, the opportunity to apply for $2.5 billion in grant funding dedicated to electric vehicle charging, eligibility for 164,000 D.C. residents to apply for affordable internet access, $10 million to protect against cyberattacks, and $355 million to improve water infrastructure and ensure access to clean, safe drinking water. Norton emphasized the unprecedented nature of the bill, a breakthrough from simply adding funds to embracing new approaches to transportation and infrastructure.

“I met with President Biden and Secretary Buttigieg when they were writing the historic infrastructure bill, which is now on the president’s desk, and I am pleased they listened and included my priorities for D.C.,” Norton said. “Funding included in the historic bill will help D.C. improve our roads and bridges, increase the number of climate-friendly electric vehicle charging stations, vastly improve access to efficient public transportation, and provide $355 million over five years to repair and upgrade D.C.’s water infrastructure. The District has struggled with flooding and drinking water in recent years, but the funding from the infrastructure bill will help us ensure that all D.C. residents have access to clean drinking water.”

The infrastructure legislation also includes Norton’s bill with Senator Tom Carper (D-DE) codifying a ban on smoking, including of e-cigarettes, on Amtrak.

Full statement here.

Norton Introduces Resolution Honoring D.C. Veterans, Who Served Their Nation Despite Being Denied Voting Representation in Congress and Full Home Rule

Norton today introduced her annual Veterans Day resolution honoring the more than 30,000 D.C. veterans and their families, who served their country without voting representation in Congress or complete home rule. The resolution condemns the denial of voting rights in Congress and full home rule for D.C. veterans and their families and calls for statehood for the District to make D.C. veterans and other residents equal.

“Residents of the District of Columbia have fought for their country in every war, including the Revolutionary War, which created our country, yet are still denied voting representation in Congress,” Norton said. “My annual resolution honors their sacrifices. It also gives the most important reason for and encourages our progress on our D.C. statehood bill, which has passed the House twice since 2020, had a hearing in the Senate this year, and is strongly supported by President Biden.”

Norton’s resolution follows.

Norton to Defeat Bills That Undermine D.C.’s Economy 

Norton vowed today to defeat two bills recently introduced by Republicans aimed at damaging the District of Columbia’s economy.

Congressman Warren Davidson (R-OH) introduced the Drain the Swamp Act of 2021, which would require all executive branch agencies to move their headquarters outside of the D.C. area and to only have 10 percent of their employees in the D.C. area by 2026. Congressman Louie Gohmert (R-TX) introduced the Stop Wasting All our Money on Palaces Act, or the SWAMP Act, which would prohibit the federal government from entering into a contract to construct a new federal building, including one built to be leased by the federal government, in D.C. for two years. The premise of the SWAMP Act is to save money, but the bill doesn’t prohibit the federal government from entering into a contract to build a federal building outside of D.C. during the two-year period.

“Once again, Republicans from far-away districts have introduced bills to move federal agencies out of the District and to cease providing space for others,” Norton said. “Like it or not, my Republican friends, D.Norton Disappointed in HUD Rejection of Her Request to Allow Marijuana Use in Public Housing in Jurisdictions Where Legal, Calls on Congress to Pass Her Bill Allowing Use C. is the nation’s capital and the seat of the federal government, meant by the Framers to house the headquarters of its agencies. As always, I pledge to defeat these bills.”

Full statement here.

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