Congressman Hank Johnson's E-Newsletter for Sept. 27, 2018
Despite the circus that Washington has become and the distracting chaos emanating from the White House, I continue to keep my eyes on the prize for citizens of Georgia’s Fourth District and work as hard as I can on your behalf. I had a productive week that included meetings with steel and mine workers, welcoming a delegation from Newton County and discussing shipping, air freight and railroads with representatives of the International Transportation Council of Georgia. In addition to fulfilling my responsibilities for my assignments on the Judiciary and Transportation & Infrastructure Committees, I had the honor of addressing the audience at an advanced screening of “The Hate U Give” at the National Geographic Museum and bringing remarks at the International Trademark Association.
I also managed time on the House floor on the bipartisan Success Act, which commissions a study on women and minorities in the patent and innovation space. I’m pleased to report it passed the House and could become law soon.
As far as the other big news items happening in Washington, my floor speech submitted for the record on the Violence Against Women Act renewal shows where I stand on the Kavanaugh hearings. With regard to the fate of Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and the fate of the Mueller investigation, I’m working with my colleagues in Judiciary Committee to protect the Mueller investigation from influence or meddling from the White House via the Special Counsel Transparency Act (H.R. 5533). This legislation would ensure that a President, who has shown so little respect for the rule of law, cannot seize and secret any evidence of misconduct already gathered over a year of tax-payer funded law enforcement work. Congress has a responsibility to safeguard the public’s investment and right to see justice served.
In case you missed it, I’m proudly leading an effort to increase the number of refugees fleeing violence and persecution that can be admitted into the United States. Clarkston, the Ellis Island of the South and one of the most diverse places in Georgia and the nation, has been a refugee resettlement area for decades and is one of the shining jewels of the Fourth District. The United States is on track to resettle the lowest number of refugee arrivals this year since The Refugee Act was passed in 1980. With global need at its highest, this administration has reversed our nation’s history as a world leader in refugee protection and resettlement. I could not stand idly by without doing something. As a generous and compassionate country, the United States has a long, proud tradition of welcoming refugees, and I want the world to know we are still that country.
Lastly, please help me welcome Estefanía L. Rodriguez, who began this week as my new Senior Legislative Assistant in Washington, D.C. Estefanía will staff me for my responsibilities on the Transportation & Infrastructure Committee and will handle legislative issues involving the environment, labor, and financial services, among others. Welcome Estefanía!
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