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.
- Original cosponsor of H.J.Res.120, proposing a Constitutional amendment limiting the pardon power of the President.
- Original cosponsor of H.Con.Res.86, condemning the racist and hate-based attacks on our college campuses and reaffirming our support for inclusion and safety in our institutions of higher learning.
- Original cosponsor of H.R. 4140, the No Unconstitutional Strike against North Korea Act. This bill prohibits the Armed Forces from engaging in hostilities in North Korea without an official declaration of war.
- Introduced H.R.3664 on September 21, 2017, to amend the Omnibus Crime Control and Safe Streets Act of 1968 to provide that the Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation may only be removed for certain causes, and for other purposes.
November 9, 2017, Congressman Hank Johnson, reintroduced three criminal justice reform bills in efforts to restore credence between police and the communities they serve. As well as eliminating discrimination and disparities in the justice system.
Congressman Johnson introduced the Cooling Off Period Elimination Act of 2017 or the COPE Act, the Police Accountability Act and the Grand Jury Reform Act.
Congressman Hank Johnson (GA-04), Chairman of the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Courts and Competition Policy, is an original cosponsor of the USA PATRIOT Act Amendments Act of 2009 (H.R. 3845), and the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) Amendments Act of 2009 (H.R. 3846).
U.S. Rep. Hank Johnson (GA-04) earned a 100 percent civil rights voting record for the 112th Congress from the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, a coalition charged by its diverse membership to promote and protect the rights of all people in the United States. In 2018, he is still acknowledged for his efforts in maintaining civil liberties.
In 2017, Congressman Hank Johnson was named ranking member of Judiciary Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property and the Internet.
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. – Today, Congressman Hank Johnson (GA-04), a senior member of the House Judiciary Committee, voted in favor of Articles of Impeachment against President Donald J. Trump in Judiciary Committee. The Articles, for abuse of power and obstruction of Congress, now go to the full House for a vote.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Tonight(Dec. 11), Congressman Hank Johnson (GA-04), a senior member of the House Judiciary Committee, delivered the following statement at the first of two Judiciary Committee hearings marking up Articles of Impeachment against President Donald J. Trump: Read More.
Rep. Hank Johnson, (D-Ga.) also pressed Dickson and Earl Lawrence, the head of the FAA’s certification service, for answers on how the agency responded to the assessment.
“What was done about this report when it was first received by the FAA?” Johnson asked. Read More.
Congressman Urges Colleagues To Put ‘America First’
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressman Hank Johnson (GA-04), a senior member of the House Judiciary Committee, delivered the following statement at the first of two Judiciary Committee hearings marking up Articles of Impeachment against President Donald J. Trump:
Watch here: https://youtu.be/94QM_M93HtI
Thank you, Mr. Chairman.
Congressman establishes overwhelming affirmative evidence that President Trump directed Giuliani’s actions
Johnson: The VRA needed today more than ever – especially in Georgia
Senior member of the House Judiciary Committee, (the committee in charge of drafting articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump) Congressman Hank Johnson went live with Dr. Rashad Richey immediately after Speaker Nancy Pelosi called for the committee to file articles of impeachment. Read More
Seven men who conducted murder of environmental & indigenous rights activist in 2016 sentenced to jail terms
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Hank Johnson (GA-04), along with Reps. Jan Schakowsky (IL) and Mark Pocan (WI) , sponsors of “The Berta Cáceres Human Rights in Honduras Act” that calls for the suspension of U.S. funding to the Republic of Honduras for its police and military operations, issued the following statement in response to news that some of those responsible for Berta’s murder received prison sentences:
WASHINGTON, D.C. – As part of this next phase of the impeachment inquiry, the Judiciary Committee conducted a hearing on Wednesday, Dec. 4 with Constitutional experts to examine the framework of high crimes and misdemeanors in order to address President Trump’s abuses and understand how the law applies to the evidence uncovered. Rep. Johnson, a senior member of the Committee, released the following statement and questioning during the hearing.
Watch here: https://youtu.be/_uqs0PXUIo4
Omega Psi Phi Fraternity 2019 International Achievement Week Dinner and Awards Ceremony in Birmingham, Alabama
Sunday, November 17, 2019
To my brothers of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc., Alpha Phi Chapter, in conjunction with its undergraduate chapters at Miles College (Eta Epsilon) and the University of Alabama at Birmingham (Kappa Delta), ladies and gentlemen -- I want to thank you for inviting me to this very auspicious event this evening -- your 2019 International Achievement Week Dinner and Awards Ceremony.