Norton: My Staff Will Continue Working During Shutdown

10/1/2013, 10:20 a.m.

D.C. Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton (D) took preemptive steps to deem her entire staff essential during the federal and District government shutdown, which began Tuesday.

Norton took the same action prior when the government nearly shut down in 2011, and her action is consistent with the guidelines provided by the Committee on House Administration, which leave all staffing decisions entirely to the discretion of each member of Congress.

Both Norton's Capitol Hill and District offices will remain open and will keep normal business hours. Her staff has been deemed essential and, just as essential federal workers, will work without pay until after the shutdown.

In her memo to her staff, Norton wrote, “The burden and the responsibilities of the staff that represent the District of Columbia are always greater than for other districts, particularly considering that the shutdown of the federal government could bring down the D.C. government with it.

"We represent a district that has no senators and only one member of Congress. … We cannot abandon our constituents.”