Justice, Civil Liberties, & Government Accountability
What Hank believes:
- The criminal justice system is ridden with injustice that penalizes minority and poor Americans.
- Mandatory minimum sentencing is fundamentally unfair.
- The death penalty is immoral.
- The government should serve and protect – not harass or inconvenience – American citizens.
- The government should not detain or spy on Americans without a warrant.
- Congress should exercise its government oversight prerogatives to their fullest in an effort to destroy waste and corruption.
- The federal government's reckless borrowing and spending threaten America's economic and national security, and unfairly and unethically burden future generations who will be responsible for repaying today's debts.
- It is irresponsible and unsustainable to increase spending while cutting taxes, as the Bush Administration did.
What Hank has done:
- Introduced the Effective Death Penalty Appeals Act in 2009, which would ensure that death row inmates have the opportunity to present newly discovered evidence of innocence.
- Cosponsored the successful Second Chance Act of 2007, which will lower crime rates in communities by increasing the care and aptitude with which the criminal justice system deals with ex-prisoners, probationers, and recidivists.
- Cosponsored the Local Law Enforcement Hate Crimes Prevention Act, which passed the House. It enables the federal government to assist local law enforcement with the investigation and prosecution of hate crimes.
- Cosponsored the Emmett Till Unsolved Civil Rights Crime Act, which passed the House. It directed the Department of Justice to open an office for the investigation of unsolved civil rights crimes committed before 1970.
- Cosponsored the COPS Improvement Act, which passed the House. It expands the authority of the Attorney General to make grants for public safety and community policing programs.
- Cosponsored the Stop AIDS in Prison Act, which passed the House. It would direct the Bureau of Prisons to implement a comprehensive policy to provide HIV testing, treatment, and prevention for inmates in federal prisons and upon re-entry to the community.
- Voted, during the first 100 Hours of this historic 110th Congress, to reestablish the PAYGO system, which requires that new spending or tax breaks not be added to the federal deficit; costs must be offset elsewhere in the budget.
What Hank will do:
- From his post on the Judiciary Committee, continue to support efforts to rid our criminal justice system of discriminatory practices.
- Serve as a check against undue government interference in the daily lives of Americans.
- Continue to provide federal and local law enforcement with the resources needed to fight crime effectively and humanely.
- Work to form a bipartisan consensus which resolves that, by avoiding unnecessary wars and eliminating unfair subsidies to powerful constituencies, we can balance the budget without cutting vital social services like Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, and Food Stamps.
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WASHINGTON, D.C. – In the wake of disturbing reports of the neglect of nursing home residents in the wake of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, 46 members of Congress called on Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Administrator Seema Verma to maintain current protections for elder Americans against abuse in nursing homes.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Esta semana, el congresista Hank Johnson (GA-04) se unió a sus colegas demócratas de la Cámara de Representantes al firmar una petición exigiendo la consideración de la legislación bipartidista DREAM Act a un voto. Esta legislación brindará una solución permanente para permitir que los jóvenes indocumentados traídos aquí en la infancia permanezcan legalmente en el país. Si la petición es firmada por la mayoría de los miembros del Congreso, la Cámara de Representantes se verá obligada a considerar esta propuesta en el pleno.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – This week, Rep.Johnson joined with House Democratic colleagues in signing a petition to force a vote on the bipartisan DREAM Act, which would provide a permanent solution to allow young undocumented immigrants brought here as children to remain in this country legally. If the petition is signed by a majority of members, the House would be forced to take a vote on this legislation. Rep. Johnson also called on Republicans to participate in this effort to force a vote.
One of those Democrats is U.S. Rep. Hank Johnson of Lithonia. One of Georgia’s most liberal members of Congress, he said in an interview Wednesday that he would only be willing to consider beefed up border security in exchange for protections for Dreamers.
Trump “has had so many positions that it’s hard to have confidence in the current one he has taken” on DACA, Johnson said. “At this point … with the agreement with President Trump to pursue a fix to the DACA program, it makes abundant sense for us to go ahead and move while the iron is hot.”
One of the most critical Georgia lawmakers was Democrat Hank Johnson of Lithonia, who said the hack proved the need for Congress to pass two bills he sponsored earlier this year related to data privacy and forced arbitration.
“I will continue introducing these critical bills — fighting to ensure all consumers have the tools they need to protect themselves from identity theft and have their day in court,” he said.