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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DECATUR, G.A.—U.S. Rep. Hank Johnson (GA-04) has released the following statement after President Trump’s decision to pull out of the Paris Climate Accord, a global effort to significantly reduce the effects of climate change:
President Trump's reckless and arrogant abandonment of the Paris Agreement on Climate Change, signed by 193 of the world's 195 countries, is a historic blunder that places appeasement to fossil fuel interests over the health of our environment and its people.
President Trump has suffered another defeat in the federal courts while trying to push through his “revised” travel ban. The 4th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that Donald Trump’s ban of Muslims has no place in our country. I fully support the decision of the Fourth Circuit. The Fourth Circuit held that President Trump’s Muslim ban,” is “steeped in animus and directed at a single religious group.”
“We are rapidly approaching an impeachment process,” Rep. Hank Johnson (D-Ga.).
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The Supreme Court has ruled that North Carolina’s plan to draw congressional districts qualified as racial gerrymandering, the drawing of districts upon racial lines, violating the Voting Rights Act of 1965.
Congressman Johnson praises this ruling, believing that this case is a step in the right direction towards achieving true equality for all.
WASHINGTON, D.C.—Congressman Hank Johnson, a member of the House Judiciary Committee, released this statement on the appointment of Robert Mueller to investigate Russian meddling:
On May 10, Congressman Hank Johnson hosted and moderated an event with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials and members of immigrant communities from DeKalb and Gwinnett County at Georgia Piedmont Technical College’s Conference Center.
The meeting provided a rare opportunity for members of the community to air out their grievances with recent ICE operations, as well as the recent executive orders passed down by President Trump’s administration.
Congressman Johnson shares his views on the recent firing of former Federal Bureau of Investigation Director James Comey, during a May 10 interview with 11 Alive News.
Congressman Hank Johnson (GA-04), a senior member of the House Judiciary Committee, has re-introduced with 35 of his colleagues H.R. 1907, the “Election Infrastructure and Security Promotion Act of 2017.” This bill requires the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to designate our voting systems as critical infrastructure.
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.