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S. 130: 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.


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, just as governors currently have for …

Sponsor and status

Chris Van Hollen

Sponsor. Junior Senator for Maryland. Democrat.

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Last Updated: Jan 28, 2021
Length: 9 pages
Jan 28, 2021
117th Congress (2021–2023)

Introduced on Jan 28, 2021

This bill is in the first stage of the legislative process. It was introduced into Congress on January 28, 2021. It will typically be considered by committee next before it is possibly sent on to the House or Senate as a whole.

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13 Cosponsors (13 Democrats)

3% chance of being enacted according to Skopos Labs (details)

Position statements

What legislators are saying

Norton, Van Hollen, Carper, Maloney, Brown Request D.C. Mayor be Given Control Over D.C. National Guard in NDAA
    — Rep. Eleanor Holmes Norton [D-DC] on Apr 12, 2022

Norton Renews Call for Passage of Her Bills to Respond to Attack on Capitol
    — Rep. Eleanor Holmes Norton [D-DC] on Jul 7, 2021

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

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Jan 28, 2021

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S. 130 is a bill in the United States Congress.

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