Congressman Hank Johnson's E-Newsletter for Sept. 21, 2017

September 21, 2017

Dear Friends,

This week I hosted a small business Think Tank at Georgia Piedmont Technical College in Clarkston, where more than 100 small business owners connected with federal resources, and we held informative panels on access to capital and government contracting.


I want to thank all our panelists, agencies and businesses for participating in this great event. I hope to host more of these kinds of meetings soon.


It was the culmination of a series of meetings my office has held this summer throughout the Fourth District connecting small businesses with federal resources.


It comes at a perfect time as Democrats in Congress have launched “A Better Deal,” proposal to create 10 million good-paying, full-time jobs over the next five years.


If you missed the Think Tank but wanted to attend, we streamed it on Facebook and can be found in a two-part video series HERE.  


EQUIFAX BREACH: After Equifax disclosed on Sept. 7 that it suffered a massive data breach that exposed 143 million U.S. consumers’ most sensitive data, I joined my Judiciary Committee colleagues in writing a letter to Equifax, Experian and TransUnion demanding answers – particularly on their use of forced arbitration clauses that hurt consumers. To learn more on how to protect your identity and freeze your credit, click HERE.


IRS: ALL GEORGIANS ELIGIBLE FOR RELIEF: Because of Hurricane Irma, Georgia residents now have until Jan. 31, 2018, to file certain individual and business tax returns and make tax payments. To learn more, click HERE.


FEMA: FEDERAL DISASTER DECLARED AREAS: President Trump has issued a Major Disaster Declaration for the State of Georgia, triggering the release of federal funds to help people and communities recover from Hurricane Irma. Apply online at or call the registration phone number at 1-800-621-3362.


CMS: NEW MEDICARE CARD DESIGN: CMS will begin mailing new, more secure cards to Medicare beneficiaries in April 2018. The initiative takes important steps to help prevent identity theft for Medicare recipients. For more, click HERE.


JUNIOR RANGER DAY: Arabia Mountain National Heritage Area is holding Junior Ranger Day at Panola Mountain State Park on Saturday, Sept. 30 from 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Kids can participate in hands-on activities, learn about nature and history and work together to protect our parks. For more information or to register, click HERE.




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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.




SEPTEMBER 21, 2017


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