Economy and Jobs
What Hank has done:
- Introduced the Fair Employment Act of 2011 – H.R. 1113 – which would amend the Civil Rights Act of 1964 to protect against discrimination on the basis of unemployment status.
- Helped deliver more than $200 million of federal investment in Fourth District job creation since January 2009, including $98 million to save more than 1,000 teaching jobs in DeKalb, Rockdale, and Gwinnett counties.
- Secured funds for road projects on Covington Highway, South & North Hairston Road, Sigman Road, Chamblee-Dunwoody Road, Briarcliff Road, and Shallowford Road.
- Secured funds to train EMTs at DeKalb Technical college, funds to train the chronically unemployed for clean energy jobs at Goodwill Industries of North Georgia, hundreds of thousands of dollars for MARTA, funds for Suniva Inc. to hire additional workers at their Norcross solar panel plant, funds to hire more firefighters for DeKalb County – among others.
- Voted against the Wall Street bailout.
- Voted for the Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act that ends the era of abuses by big banks that have cost the American people 8 million jobs and $17 trillion in retirement savings and net worth.
- Voted for President Obama’s Recovery Act, or stimulus package, which cut taxes for 95% of working families and made critical investments in education, clean energy and infrastructure.
- Cosponsored the Summer Jobs Act, which passed the House and would create 1,000 summer jobs for Fourth District youths and ease lending to small businesses. Hank joined White House officials and former Congressional Black Caucus Chairwoman Barbara Lee to urge Senate passage of the bill.
- Voted for and offered a successful amendment to legislation to reform regulation of Wall Street. It passed the House of Representatives.
- Cosponsored the successful legislation that raised the minimum wage to $7.25.
- Voted for the Employee Free Choice Act, which would crack down on union busting, provide mediation and arbitration for contract disputes, and ease the union forming process.
- Introduced the Mobile Workforce State Income Tax Fairness and Simplification Act in 2010 and 2011 to ensure that Americans who work in multiple places are not taxed by more than one state or local jurisdiction.
- Voted against the Peru Free Trade Act and the Columbia Free Trade Act, which would put more Americans out of work during a time of economic hardship.
- Supported trade adjustment assistance to Americans who become unemployed due to shifting global trade patterns.
What Hank will do:
- Continue to support investment in job creation for working Americans and the chronically underemployed.
- Support continued extension of unemployment insurance while unemployment remains high.
- Continue to call for Congress to respond to the severe deprivations of America's poorest people, especially during this period of economic difficulty.
- Continue to protect American workers as they seek to level the playing field in their bargaining with employers.
- Support tax relief for middle class households.
- Call for smarter regulation of a financial system that has become too corrupt and complex.
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The importance of the Small Business Community in today’s economy is indisputable, as small businesses account for approximately half of the private workforce’s employment. The “Advancement of the Small Business Community” initiative will be composed of a series of informative and interactive roundtable discussions, leading up to a district-wide Think Tank.
Congressman Hank Johnson (GA-04) concluded his small business roundtable series on Aug. 9 at the Walton EMC Conference Center in Snellville.
The session was the third installment of the Advancement of the Small Business Community Initiative, which launched in June with DeKalb County small-business owners at Georgia Piedmont Technical College in Clarkston, and continued in July with participation from the Rockdale County small business community.
From left: Tichina Arnold, Ronreaco Lee, Commissioner Mereda Davis Johnson, Congressman
Hank Johnson, Teyonah Parris, Erica Ash and Jessie T. Usher.
ATLANTA — Congressman Hank Johnson (GA-04) attended the Starz network dinner this week with African-American actors, directors, writers and other executives who are part of a broadening an ongoing effort to diversify the television and film industry.
Congressman: It's critical all voices be included in film & media in front of and behind camera.
DECATUR, GA – Congressman Hank Johnson (GA-04) cohosted a Twitter chat on the importance of diversity in film and media this week with BlackBloggersConnect (@JoinBBC).
SNELLVILLE — Congressman Hank Johnson (GA-04) concluded his small business roundtable series on August 9 at the Walton EMC Conference Center in Snellville.
WASHINGTON, D.C.—Congressman Hank Johnson (GA-04) has introduced the “Southeast Crescent Regional Commission Reauthorization Act of 2017.”
H.R. 3454 will reauthorize the Commission until 2023.
WASHINGTON – Ranking Member of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee’s Subcommittee on Economic Development, Public Buildings and Emergency Management Hank Johnson (D-GA) joined U.S. Congressman David N. Cicilline (D-RI), Ranking Member of the House Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on Regulatory Reform, Commercial and Antitrust Law, this week to call on U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions to stop taking away the rights of working people to collectively hold their employers accountable for wage theft, employment discrimination, and other unlawful workplace conduct.
WASHINGTON – Congressman Hank Johnson and Congressman Mike Bishop’s bipartisan bill, the Mobile Workforce State Income Tax Simplification Act of 2017 (H.R. 1393), passed in the U.S. House of Representatives on Tuesday, June 20.
Following today’s markup, Congressman Hank Johnson’s bipartisan Mobile Workforce State Income Tax Simplification Act of 2017 passed the full House Judiciary Committee by a vote of 19-2.
Dear Friends, The month of March was busy to say the least. We accomplished great work both in D.C. and through a series of events at home in the district. In D.C., among introducing bills and speaking out against “TrumpCare,” I served as a ranking member in my first T&I subcommittee hearing on the issue of the country’s national preparedness system.
Although I have hosted five town halls to date, more work is necessary to ensure that the benefits and accomplishments of the past eight years for all Americans aren’t abolished with a stroke of the pen.