Congressman Hank Johnson's E-Newsletter for Feb. 7, 2017
February is Black History Month. It’s important to celebrate and commemorate the month, but more work must also be done. That’s why I pledge to work with my colleagues and the good people of Georgia’s Fourth District to address issues of significance that affect the African-American community and all communities – including strengthening our access to the ballot, good jobs, health care, criminal justice reform and ensuring that our communities have access to safe and reliable transportation – which will increase access to better jobs and economic empowerment. For more, click HERE.
2017 CAREER & RESOURCES FAIR: On Friday, March 3rd from 10 a.m.-2 p.m., I’m hosting my 2nd Annual Career and Community Resources Fair at Georgia Piedmont Technical College. Once again, I’m excited about the idea of showcasing great organizations that are sincerely focused wellbeing of their employees. Employers will be onsite and professionals will be on hand to assist with job readiness and resume writing. For more, click HERE.
FAIR PAY & SAFE WORKPLACES: I was privileged to go to the House floor to defend President Obama’s Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Executive Order that Republicans are trying to dismantle. Among many other worker protection benefits, it prohibits federal contractors from using forced arbitration clauses in employment contracts involving civil and sexual assault and harassment disputes. For more, click HERE.
REFUGEE BAN: I applauded last weekend’s emergency decision by a federal judge to ban the enforcement of President Trump's unconstitutional Executive Order, which sought to ban immigrants and refugees from certain nations from entering the United States. This ban is contrary to our values, and ironically, is dangerous to U.S. national security interests. It was an honor to join forces Rep. John Lewis at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport to assist attorneys of the Georgia residents who were being detained. For more, click HERE. I also stand with former Acting Attorney General Sally Yates by ordering the DOJ not to defend Trump’s controversial executive order on immigration and refugees in court.
STREAM PROTECTION RULE UNDER ASSAULT: I think my friends on the other side of the aisle will regret rushing to undo the Stream Protection Rule at the expense of the environment and in favor of polluters. For more, read my piece in Medium HERE.
T&I COMMITTEE WORK: Last week, I participated in my first T&I meeting of the 115th Congress. Nationwide, our roads and bridges are crumbling, making travel difficult for businesses and commuters. The congestion in major urban areas magnifies the costs for businesses that rely on our transportation infrastructure to move goods and services, and reduces the quality of life for commuters stuck in traffic. We must move swiftly to address these issues by putting Americans to work building a safe and reliable 21st century infrastructure. For more, click HERE.