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What Hank has done:
In 2020, Congressman Hank Johnson voted in favor of a War Powers Resolution to limit President Trump’s military actions regarding Iran; a resolution that reiterates that only Congress can declare war and affirms that Congress has not authorized the use of military force against Iran.
Cosponsored “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.
October 24, 2019, voted to pass H.R. 4617, the Stopping Harmful Interference in Elections for a Lasting Democracy (SHIELD) Act.
- Played host to former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Thomas R. Pickering on Capitol Hill to discuss the path to a political settlement of the war in Afghanistan.
- Consistently opposed the Iraq War and supported removal of our forces from Iraq.
- As member of House Armed Services Committee, always voted to protect and support our Armed Forces.
- Cosponsored the successful legislation of the 9/11 Commission's official recommendations.
- Introduced and passed a resolution officially calling upon the warring parties in Uganda, the government of the United States, and the international community to work to peacefully resolve that country's brutal civil war.
- Voted to restrict "no-bid" defense contracts, by which politically-connected companies like Halliburton receive Pentagon contracts with no competition.
- Introduced legislation to establish a National Commission on Detainee Treatment to review United States policy regarding the capture, custody, treatment, judicial proceedings, and repatriation of suspected "unlawful enemy combatants."
- Co-authored legislation to impose sanctions on Iran’s petroleum sector. It passed the House.
- Cosponsored the Iran Counter-Proliferation Act, which passed the House. It would sanction Iran for its failure to make good on its international legal commitments with regard to its clandestine nuclear program.
- Cosponsored the successful Darfur Accountability and Divestment Act, which states that it is U.S. policy to support state and local efforts to divest funds from, or restrict investments in, companies that conduct business operations in Sudan.
- Voted to increase U.S. funding for the global fight against diseases such as HIV/AIDS, TB, and malaria, which exacerbate global poverty, pose an international health risk, and undermine the stability of entire regions.
- Cosponsored H.R 1698, the Iran Ballistic Missiles and International Sanctions Enforcement Act to prevent Iran from undertaking any activity related to nuclear-capable ballistic missiles.
- Cosponsored H.Res.92, to condemn North Korea’s development of multiple intercontinental ballistic missiles.
Received an “A” on League of Conservation National Environmental Report Card. He believes: “Climate change is real and threatens our health, the environment, national security and our economy, and I’m committed to working with anyone on Capitol Hill or in the White House to invest in clean-energy technologies and jobs.”
Introduced the “Election Infrastructure and Security Promotion Act of 2016” (H.R. 6073) that requires the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) designate our voting systems as critical infrastructure and the “Election Integrity Act of 2016” (H.R. 6072). This will put a limitation on the purchasing of any new voting systems that do not provide durable voter-verified paper ballots.
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U.S. Congressman Hank Johnson (GA-04) issued the following statement denouncing Ghanaian member of Parliament Kennedy Agyapong’s assertion on Ghanaian TV’s Net 2 on Sept. 1 that he apologized to him for an inquiry he made to the State Department in 2019 calling for an investigation into the murder of a Ghanaian journalist who helped expose corruption in the Ghana Football (soccer) Association, and Mr.
My office has received numerous calls by those concerned about family and friends in Afghanistan. We are working intensively with U.S. interagency and non-governmental partners regarding U.S. refugee admission programs for at-risk Afghan citizens and working to help people who have been airlifted.
As the evacuation of Afghanistan has concluded, please utilize the following State Department websites for more information. Inquiries can be sent directly to the State Department, our office will do whatever possible to follow up on any specific inquiry.
ATLANTA, GA -- Congressman Hank Johnson (GA-04) released the following statement on the terrorist attack in Kabul:
“I deeply regret the loss of life due to the cowardly terrorist attack on American soldiers and innocent Afghans seeking refuge from terror. My prayers are with the victims and their families, and for the safe and complete evacuation of civilians and the long overdue withdrawal of remaining US military forces from Afghanistan.”
A delegation of six Congressmembers from the U.S. House of Representatives met today with President Geingob to encourage U.S.-Namibia partnership on global health, security, bilateral trade, climate change, racial justice, and other priorities that the two democracies share.
The delegation is led by Congressmember Karen Bass of California, who is the Chair of the House of Representatives’ Sub-Committee on Africa, Global Health, and Global Human Rights. She and five other Congressmembers arrived in Namibia on Thursday during a visit to the region.
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Congressman Hank Johnson (GA-04) issued the following statement on Haiti after a 7.2 earthquake hit over the weekend:
WASHINGTON, D.C -- Congressman Hank Johnson (GA-04) issued this statement on the situation in Afghanistan:
Bipartisanship is one matter — supermajority rule is another. In the public discourse centered on filibuster reform, the two are commonly conflated. But they are distinct phenomena.
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Congressman Hank Johnson (GA-04) issued the following statement on the widespread flooding in Guyana and its disparate impact on people of color:
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, Congressman Hank Johnson (GA-04), a senior member of the House Judiciary Committee and Chair of the Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property, and the Internet, sent a letter to Attorney General Merrick Garland regarding the role of Department of Justice (DOJ) agents in Brazil’s “Lava Jato” (“Car Wash”) anti-corruption operation and what role, if any, DOJ played in the political persecution of former president of Brazil Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva. Rep. Johnson sent a letter to the Barr DOJ in August 2019 on the issue but never received an adequate response.