Congressman Hank Johnson's E-Newsletter for August 4, 2017
The August work period is here, and I want to let you know what I’ve been working on in Washington, D.C. and here in Georgia’s Fourth District.
Before Congress broke for the August work period, I introduced a bill to boost community and economic development in the Southeast, question the President’s hotel lease and its potential violation of the Emoluments Clause of the Constitution and demanded Judiciary hearings over baseless White House attacks on the Department of Justice (DOJ). Attacks of this nature on the independence of the DOJ are not just troubling, they are dangerous and must be addressed head on.
In the district, I’ve hosted a series of business roundtables with local small businesses in DeKalb, Rockdale and upcoming in Gwinnett County to help business owners learn how to do business with the federal government. On Sept. 18, we will culminate the roundtable series with a “Think Tank” event at Georgia Piedmont Technical College in Clarkston. The event is free and open to all business leaders throughout the district who can benefit from informative panel discussions and interactive one-on-one sessions that address specific needs for each business. RSVP here.
It has also been a pleasure to recognize healthcare agencies and small businesses in the district for their hard work in moving the Fourth District forward as well as working with our youth to introduce them to entrepreneur, inventor and role model, Dr. Lonnie Johnson, who has turned his success as the inventor of the Super Soaker into a thriving high-tech research lab in Atlanta.
APP CHALLENGE OPEN: I’m excited to announce the opening of this year’s Congressional App Challenge (CAC), an open competition for all K-12 students who reside or attend a school in Georgia's Fourth Congressional District. Read more
URBAN FARMING GRANTS: The U.S. Department of Agriculture National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) recently awarded federal funds to Global Growers Network, Inc. in Stone Mountain. This significant grant was allocated through the Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program. The grant will support urban agriculture and community garden projects that help feed families in DeKalb County and bring farm to table. Read more about the farming project here.
MEDICARE RX PRICES UPDATE: The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has announced that the average basic premium for a Medicare Part D prescription drug plan in 2018 is projected to decline to an estimated $33.50 per month. This represents a decrease of approximately $1.20 below the actual average premium of $34.70 in 2017. Read more
EDUCATION SUMMIT II: The DeKalb County Branch of the NAACP is hosting “Education Summit II: Parent & Community Involvement Helping Children Succeed in School.” For more information or to attend, click here.
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