Congressman Hank Johnson's E-Newsletter for June 11, 2018
THIS WEEK IN WASHINGTON: This week, I will be voting on a series of bills related to the opioid crisis. According to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, “overdose deaths, particularly from prescription drugs and heroin, have reached epidemic levels.” Nearly half of all opioid overdose deaths in 2016 involved prescription opioids. If someone you know or care about has an issue with opioids, please visit my website on how to help.
SERVICE ACADEMY NOMINATIONS: Last week, I nominated another outstanding class of Service Academy appointees and nominees. This year, we celebrated the 2022 class at the ART Station in Stone Mountain. Each year, I consider it an honor to send our students on their journey to our esteemed institutions where they are educated, trained, and inspired to help shoulder the wheel in defense of our nation.
MORE ON 4TH DISTRICT STUDENTS: In addition to that, the winner of the 2018 Congressional Art Competition now hangs in the U.S. Capitol and several of our winners on the local level now hang in the High Museum of Art in Atlanta.
DIVERSITY IN AVIATION FIELDS: Last week, I introduced the Minorities in Aviation Education Act, H.R. 6005. By increasing educational opportunities in fields such as piloting, aviation maintenance and unmanned aircraft systems, we will tap into the unrealized potential of minority students and encourage them to enter well-paying careers while bolstering the aviation workforce. Being home to the world’s busiest airport Hartsfield-Jackson – with its myriad of aviation career opportunities – makes this bill all that more important to my constituents.
PUT VETERANS FIRST: I was honored to appear in The Covington News last month with an editorial honoring our fallen soldiers for Memorial Day. For more, click HERE.
TAKING A KNEE: I don’t think the NFL should be punishing players for taking a knee during the National Anthem. With the new edict in place, the NFL is essentially telling the players: Shut up and play. For more, see my op-ed in Daily Kos.
SUMMER MEALS FOR KIDS: Unfortunately, many of our youth depend on the school system for much more than education, and in the summer months finding a square meal can become a real challenge. I am delighted to see Gwinnett, Rockdale, DeKalb counties are helping step up to feed our children this summer.