Economy and Jobs
What Hank has done:
Voted to approve the Marijuana Opportunity Reinvestment and Expungement Act, legislation that would eliminate federal penalties for cannabis, remove conviction records, and invest in communities.
Voted to increase the paychecks of American workers by passing H.R. 582, the Raise The Wage Act, to gradually increase the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2025 and restore the value of work in our economy by lifting struggling workers and their families out of poverty.
Introduced and passed the bipartisan FAIR Act: The Forced Arbitration Injustice Repeal Act, reestablishing Americans’ 7th Amendment right to seek justice and accountability through the court system.
- Helped deliver more than $1 billion 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.
- Congressman Johnson hosted the 2nd Annual Career & Community Resources Fair on March 3, 2017, showcasing great organizations that are sincerely focused on the wellbeing of their employees. "By creating an environment where constituents can explore various employment opportunities and resources, it will help bolster the local economy and increase the number of skilled workers in the labor force," said Rep. Johnson.
- Original cosponsor of H.Res.586, recognizing the growth and importance of minority women-owned businesses.
- Cosponsored H.R. 6467, the Federal Jobs Guarantee Development Act of 2018, To require the Secretary of Labor to establish a pilot program to provide grants for job guarantee programs.
- Cosponsored H.R.5785, the Jobs and Justice Act of 2018, to advance Black families in the 21st century.
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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WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, Congressman Hank Johnson (GA-04), a senior member of the Transportation & Infrastructure Committee, introduced the Stronger Communities Through Better Transit Act (H.R. 3744), which would provide $20 billion annually for four years ($80B total) to transit systems for their operating budgets.
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Yesterday, Congressman Hank Johnson (GA-04), chairman of the Judiciary Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property and the Internet, conducted oversight of the U.S. Copyright Office during a full Judiciary hearing featuring Shira Perlmutter, Register of Copyrights and Director of the U.S. Copyright Office.
Watch the video HERE.
The following is a transcript of the exchange.
DECATUR, GA – Congressman Hank Johnson (GA-04) issued the following statement after President Joe Biden delivered his Address to a Joint Session of Congress tonight in Washington.
Rep. Johnson Invites 2 Fourth District Residents Who Benefitted From The American Rescue Plan as Virtual Guests to President Biden’s Joint Address to Congress 100 Days into Administration
CONYERS, GA – Congressman Hank Johnson (GA-04) is uplifting a constituent from Rockdale County and a constituent from Newton County as his virtual guests to President Biden’s Joint Address to Congress on Wednesday night.
DECATUR, GA – On Saturday, April 17, Congressman Hank Johnson (GA-04) hosted House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) for an Instagram Live event to discuss the American Rescue Plan, The American Jobs Plan, vaccines and the Jan. 6 riot and its aftermath.
To watch the episode, click HERE.
Congressman Hank Johnson (D-Georgia) said his April 7 virtual event will “help people understand how they can benefit from the various provisions of the bill by connecting constituents with resources under the plan.”
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressman Hank Johnson (GA-04) met with President Joseph R.
DECATUR, GA — On Wednesday, April 7, 3p.m., Congressman Hank Johnson (GA-04) is holding an American Rescue Plan (ARP) “Teach-In” event to highlight the life-saving resources contained in the new law. The virtual event will help people understand how they can benefit from the various provisions of the bill by connecting constituents with resources under the plan.
DECATUR, GA — On Wednesday, April 7, Congressman Hank Johnson (GA-04) is holding a virtual “Teach-In” event to lift up the life-saving resources contained in the American Rescue Plan. The Teach-In will help people understand how they can benefit from the various provisions of the bill – connecting constituents with resources.