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H.R. 657: District of Columbia National Guard Home Rule Act

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About the bill

Washington, D.C. is the only National Guard in the country not to be controlled by the highest-ranking elected official there.

Context

In all 50 U.S. states, the governor can call up their state’s National Guard during an emergency. However, because Washington, D.C. is not a state — despite having a larger population than two actual states — it does not have a governor. The mayor doesn’t control the D.C. National Guard either.

Instead, the president does. This, even though the governors of other U.S. territories including Puerto Rico, Guam, and the Virgin Islands control their own National Guards.

What the legislation does

The District of Columbia National Guard Home Rule Act would give the Washington, D.C. mayor control of the D.C. National Guard ...

Sponsor and status

Eleanor Norton

Sponsor. Representative for the District of Columbia. Democrat.

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Last Updated: Feb 1, 2021
Length: 9 pages
Introduced
Feb 1, 2021
117th Congress (2021–2023)
Status

Introduced on Feb 1, 2021

This bill is in the first stage of the legislative process. It was introduced into Congress on February 1, 2021. It will typically be considered by committee next before it is possibly sent on to the House or Senate as a whole.

Cosponsors

8 Cosponsors (8 Democrats)

Prognosis
12% chance of being enacted according to Skopos Labs (details)
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Position statements

What legislators are saying

Norton Thanks National Coalition for Letter Endorsing Bill Giving D.C. Mayor Control Over D.C. National Guard
    — Rep. Eleanor Norton [D-DC0] (Sponsor) on May 3, 2021

Norton Says Army Report on Use of D.C. National Guard Helicopters Against D.C. Residents Latest Reason D.C. Should Have Control Over D.C. National Guard
    — Rep. Eleanor Norton [D-DC0] (Sponsor) on Apr 16, 2021

Norton Introduces Bill Requiring D.C. National Guard Commanding General to Live in D.C.
    — Rep. Eleanor Norton [D-DC0] (Sponsor) on Apr 1, 2021

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History

Feb 1, 2021
 
Introduced

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Signed by the President

H.R. 657 is a bill in the United States Congress.

A bill must be passed by both the House and Senate in identical form and then be signed by the President to become law.

Bills numbers restart every two years. That means there are other bills with the number H.R. 657. This is the one from the 117th Congress.

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