Source: United States House of Representatives – Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (District of Columbia)
Jun 19, 2020
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) today thanked Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) and Tom Carper (D-DE) for introducing bills this week to give the District of Columbia mayor control over the D.C. National Guard and to repeal the president’s authority to federalize the D.C. police department. Norton is the House sponsor of these bills. The senators introduced the bills after the president deployed D.C. National Guard and out-of-state National Guard troops on the streets of D.C. and considered federalizing the D.C. police department earlier this month during protests for racial justice.
“The District of Columbia is fortunate to have extraordinary allies like Senators Van Hollen and Carper, who are champions not only of D.C. statehood and home rule, but also of equal federal funding for D.C.,” Norton said. “The District and I could not ask for better partners. As we move to achieve statehood, we need not wait to obtain the elements of statehood that are within reach now through legislation.”
The president controls the D.C. National Guard, while the governors of the states and the three territories with National Guards control their respective Guards. The D.C. Home Rule Act gives the president the authority to federalize the D.C. police department.
Norton has called on the House to give the D.C. mayor control over the D.C. National Guard as part of the upcoming fiscal year 2021 National Defense Authorization Act and to repeal the president’s authority to federalize the D.C. police department as part of the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act of 2020, which the House will vote on next week.