Congressman Hank Johnson's E-Newsletter for Oct. 4, 2017
This week, I joined the nation to mourn the tragic loss of 59 concert goers in Las Vegas. They were simply enjoying some live music when a barrage of firepower that can only be compared with a military battlefield rained down on them from a hotel window above.
More than 500 people were hurt in what is the largest mass shooting in modern U.S. history. While I extend my thoughts and prayers to the victims and applaud our first responders, thoughts and prayers are not enough. Now, more than ever, we must continue the conversation to seek common-sense legislation to prevent gun violence in America.
For starters, I’m calling for the establishment of a bipartisan Select Committee on Gun Violence to study and report back common-sense legislation. Thoughts and prayers are all well and good, but they won’t prevent the next mass shooting.
The 2017 hurricane season has struck our nation with particular ferocity. As Texas and Florida begin rebuilding
from hurricanes Irma and Harvey, our friends and family in Puerto Rico struggle to recover from Hurricane Maria and are still short of life-sustaining food and clean drinking water.
On October 3, I met with House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi (picture above), the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD); and the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) on current hurricane recover efforts. I’m urging the administration to get the Department of Defense more engaged with relief and aid to Puerto Rico immediately.
DREAMERS: If you or your loved ones are currently protected by DACA and your benefits expire between September 5, 2017 and March 5, 2018, it is critical that you fill out an application to renew before Thursday, October 5, 2017. I recommend all applications to be placed in the mail today, October 3, to ensure they are received before Thursday’s deadline. For more information, visit www.uscis.gov/daca2017 (en español: www.uscis.gov/es/daca2017) and click on “DACA renewal requests.”
EQUIFAX FUMBLING: In the wake of a massive data breach that exposed 143 million U.S. consumers’ most sensitive data, former Equifax CEO Rick Smith is answering tough questions from Congress this week. We must hold Equifax accountable. I’m fighting to restore consumers’ rights when it comes to this historic data breach.
IN THE DISTRICT: I had the opportunity to close out September with some excellent events. I want to thank everyone who came out to the Heart of South DeKalb Parade and Festival, the Women's Wellness & Community Health event in Conyers -- sponsored by State Rep. Pam Dickerson -- the swearing in of Junior Rangers at Arabia Mountain National Heritage Area, the Omega’s Health and Wellness Expo and the Grand Lodge’s 2017 Trailblazer Awards ceremony. For more, click HERE.
ROCKDALE SHOWCASES PROGRAMS: Rockdale County Public Schools (RCPS) will hold important Open House evening during October and November 2017 for the 2018-19 School Specialty and Choice programs. To learn more, click HERE.
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