Congressman Hank Johnson's E-Newsletter for May 3, 2019
As a senior member of the House Judiciary Committee, I take my executive branch oversight responsibilities seriously. When Attorney General William Barr refused to appear before our committee earlier this week, he failed the American people and the constituents of my district. As your representative, I had substantive questions for him regarding his misrepresentations of the Special Counsel’s report. The Mueller Report makes clear that President Trump made multiple attempts to shut down the investigation of Russian meddling in our elections. And now, he has announced that he will obstruct any effort by Congress to fulfill its legislative duties to conduct meaningful oversight of the investigation. In other words, he plans to defy Congress regardless of whether he has any legal grounds to do so and with reckless disregard of the interests of the American people. I will continue to work on your behalf to act as a check and balance on the Administration, and continue to work to uncover the facts, wherever they might lead. To watch my statement on AG Barr not appearing before the Judiciary Committee, click HERE.
2019 RESOURCES FAIR: On Monday, May 13, I’m hosting my 2019 Resources Fair for constituents looking to launch their career, advance in their jobs, and also better their lives. Participants will receive valuable information from a range of organizations that help people throughout Georgia’s 4th District and the entire state. The Urban League of Greater Atlanta, the DeKalb Housing Authority and other agencies will be on hand to help constituents in small business development, resume building and job readiness. Resources will be available for the formerly incarcerated to overcome barriers to employment. We will also feature a panel discussion on: “How to do business with the television and film industry.” For more information, click HERE or call my office at 770-987-2291.
EQUALITY ACT: This week in Judiciary, my colleagues and I marked up the Equality Act (H.R. 5), legislation that would prohibit discrimination on the basis of gender identity or sexual preference. The Equality Act extends the full anti-discrimination protections under the landmark Civil Rights Act of 1964 and other key pillars of fairness and justice in our country to LGBTQ Americans. I also had the opportunity to challenge my friends on the other side of the aisle on equal pay for equal work and gender discrimination. For more on my comments on the Equality Act, click HERE. For more on equal pay for equal work, click HERE.
2019 ART COMPETITION: Last Saturday, I held my 13th Congressional Arts reception to announce the winners of my 2019 Congressional Arts Competition at the ART Station in Stone Mountain. Students were awarded four college scholarships worth more than $69,000. The grand prize winner was Imani Sylvain, a senior from South Gwinnett High School for her “My Brother’s Keeper” piece. Sylvain earned a four-year scholarship worth $48,000 to attend the Savannah College of Art & Design (SCAD). She will travel to Washington, D.C., in June to see her work displayed in the U.S. Capitol, where it will hang for a year with other Congressional Art Challenge winners from around the country. Three other Fourth District students won scholarships to attend the Art Institute of Atlanta. For more, click HERE.
PASSPORT DAY: The Atlanta Passport Agency is hosting May Passport Day on Saturday, May 18, 2019. The Saturday event is a convenient for those applying for the first time, for those seeking children’s passports or for renewing your passport. U.S. passport holders who have less than six months left before their passports expire should consider renewing their passports now because some foreign countries require up to six months of validity left on your passport to enter. Processing time for routine service is three-four weeks and two-three weeks for expedited service. Expedited service costs an additional $60. For more, click HERE.
ACTION ON CLIMATE: This week, I voted to pass H.R. 9, the Climate Action Now Act -- House Democrats’ legislation to require the Trump Administration remain in the Paris Climate Accord and to develop a serious, carefully considered plan for how the United States will meet its commitments to reduce pollution and safeguard our environment. It is an honor to join my colleagues to pass the Climate Action Now Act, advancing legislation that respects the will of my constituents and the overwhelming majority of the American people. The people of Georgia know that the climate crisis is the existential threat of our time and are demanding action to protect the people and places we love. For more, click HERE.
As always, I appreciate your time and feedback. Please remember you can reach me on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram as well as e-mails, phone calls and letters. Thank you for allowing me the opportunity to represent you in Congress.