Congressman Hank Johnson's E-Newsletter for December 3, 2018
A lot has happened since the Nov. 6 General Election, and I want to update you with what’s been happening. I’m pleased to report that last week I was elected by my peers to be Secretary of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) – the conscience of the Congress. As Democrats assume the majority in the 116th Congress come January, I look forward to using my position in leadership to expand and maintain the CBC’s historic role as not only the conscience of the Congress, but also as a force pursuing policies that positively impact our communities every day – access to health care and affordable prescription drugs, criminal justice reform, gun safety, environmental protection and equal access to a quality education. I was also named last week the Southeast Regional Whip for the 116th Congress, which means it will be my job to help garner votes for important legislation that comes to the House floor.
Global Citizen: Mandela 100: This weekend, I attended the Global Citizen Festival: Mandela 100 in Johannesburg, South Africa, to commemorate the life and legacy of Nelson Mandela. It was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that included a site visit coordinated by the Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria. It provided me and my colleagues an opportunity to see how U.S. dollars are spent and how they affect South African communities, especially in regard to combating the spread of HIV/AIDs. Global Citizen’s goals of ending poverty and hunger, preventing discrimination against girls and ensuring access to necessities like clean water are all laudable. I’m proud to have played a small part in the fight this week.
Back in Washington: I have a busy week ahead in Washington. Not only are we conducting oversight of antitrust enforcement in Judiciary Committee, but we’re also holding hearings with the CEO of Google and the Secretary of Homeland Security. I look forward to holding both government and powerful corporations accountable to the American people.
Veterans Tax Credit: The IRS is reaching out to veterans to inform them that they might be due a credit or refund because of the Combat-Injured Veterans Tax Fairness Act that passed in 2016. The law affects veterans who received disability severance payments after January 17, 1991, and included that payment as income. For more, click HERE.
Open Enrollment Through Dec. 15: The Marketplace helps uninsured people find health coverage. Visit healthcare.gov or call 1-800-318-2596 to get covered. You can also visit Oakhurst Medical Center to apply or by calling 404-298-8998, press *(star). Plans offered through the Marketplace can change each year — things like premiums, cost-sharing and coverage. You might have changed, too — your income, household, health conditions, or prescriptions. Make sure your plan still meets your needs for the upcoming year. If it doesn’t, now is the time to change plans. Get Covered! For more information, visit: https://hankjohnson.house.gov/resources/healthcaregov.
As always, thank you for allowing me the opportunity to represent you in Congress, and I look forward to seeing you soon.