Congressman Hank Johnson's E-Newsletter for January 28, 2019
On January 25th, President Trump agreed to put a brief pause on his self-mandated shutdown to re-open the government. More than anything, I’m pleased the 800,000 federal workers will finally get the pay they so rightfully deserve and the safety and security of the American people will be protected. I will continue to fight for you and vote for bi-partisan legislation that will move us past the Trump shutdown. On the local level, I am proud to see that folks all over Georgia stepped up to help their neighbors in need.
THE WEEK AHEAD: This week in Washington, I’m looking forward to participating in the Judiciary Committee’s first full meeting of 2019. Also, I am pleased to report that I was elected by my peers to be the Chairman of the Judiciary Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property and the Internet, which has jurisdiction over the administration of the federal courts, federal rules of evidence, civil and appellate procedure, judicial ethics and the Legal Services Corporation. The Committee oversees intellectual property laws that protect the rights of owners of patents, trademarks and copyrights that help drive America’s competitiveness and export growth, create millions of jobs, and affect virtually every segment of the U.S. economy. I’m looking forward to performing meaningful work with the Committee to help support Georgia’s burgeoning tech and creative sector, and promoting growth nationwide.
SOCIAL SECURITY SCAM ALERT: The Social Security Administration (SSA) is aware of reports of fraudulent telephone calls from individuals claiming to represent the SSA. Fraudulent callers are using language to threaten victims with arrest or legal action if they fail to call a provided phone number or press the number indicated in the message to address the issue. If you receive one of these fake calls, do not to engage with them, and report any suspicious calls to Social Security’s Office of the Inspector General by calling 1-800-269-0271 or submitting a report on the OIG website.
2020 CENSUS JOBS: The U.S. Census Bureau continues to recruit thousands of workers for temporary jobs nationwide in advance of the 2020 Census. The 2020 Census Jobs website allows applicants to apply for a range of positions, including recruiting assistants, office operations supervisors, clerks, census field supervisors and census takers by completing a single application online.
VA ROLLING OUT CLAIMS IMPROVEMENT: The U.S. Department of Veterans’ Affairs (VA) has announced the roll out of the Veterans Appeals Improvement and Modernization Act of 2017, which will create a more transparent claims decision-review process for veterans.
CDC: FIGHT FLU THIS SEASON: 2017-2018 was a high-severity flu season with record-breaking levels of influenza, hospitalization rates and in extreme circumstances, deaths. Protect you and your loved ones by getting a flu vaccine today. Learn more.
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