Before Congress left town for the summer break, Democrats gave D.C. Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton a new position that could help the Metro system and other transportation projects in the region.
Norton is now the top Democrat on the Highways and Transit Subcommittee, which helps oversee the nation's transit systems, including D.C.'s Metro system.
She will also continue her work as the ranking Democrat on the Economic Development, Public Buildings and Emergency Management Subcommittee, which has played a key role in transforming the city and updating all the District's federal buildings. Norton says she's well-situated to help District leaders realize their goals.
"As far as I'm concerned, I now have the two most important committees on the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, which is why I got on that committee in the first place," says Norton.
Norton's aides say that in her new role, she's planning to hold roundtable meetings with "stakeholders to prepare for the upcoming surface transportation authorization bill," which extends the nation's highway programs.