Congressman Hank Johnson's May 23 E-Newsletter
As we approach Memorial Day weekend, let’s make May 27 a day to remember and honor those brave men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice in service to our nation. We celebrate their bravery. We must all come together with our families to pay tribute to the fallen members of our armed forces. Their acts of courage secured our freedoms and we will never forget the sacrifice these men and women, and their families, endured to protect the United States of America.
2019 RESOURCES FAIR: I want thank all the vendors and everyone who participated in my third Resources Fair on Monday, May 13 at Georgia Piedmont Technical College. One of the features of this year’s event was a panel on “How To Do Business With the Film & TV Industry.” I want to thank our moderator Terry J of iHeart Radio and panelists: Marc Parham of the Urban League, Dee Dee Murray of the DeKalb Entertainment Commission, Director and Producer Nathaniel Brown, writer Brian Egeston and Khandace Renee’ of Concrete Jungle for giving attendees information on how the entertainment industry works and how to find credible opportunities in the industry. For more, click HERE.
PROTECTING PEOPLE WITH PRE-EXISTING CONDITIONS: I voted to pass H.R. 986, the Protecting Americans with Pre-Existing Conditions Act, to block the Trump Administration’s dangerous October 2018 guidance that gives states the ability to weaken the Affordable Care Act’s critical protections for Americans with pre-existing conditions. For more, click HERE.
LOWERING DRUG COSTS: Last week I voted to pass H.R 987, the Strengthening Health Care and Lowering Prescription Drug Costs Act, a major piece of legislation that addresses two top concerns of the American people – lowering prescription drug prices and defending vital protections for people with pre-existing conditions. This bill is a critical component of the For The People agenda. For more, click HERE.
INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY: As chair of the Judiciary Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property and the Internet, I conducted a hearing on Oversight of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office focusing on the vital importance of intellectual property to the U.S. economy. For more, click HERE.
287g: This month I joined Congressman Quigley as a co-lead of his bill to end the Trump Administration’s ability to deputize local police as immigration agents. The PROTECT Immigration Act would repeal the 287(g) provision in the Immigration and Nationality Act that allows the Department of Homeland Security to contract with state and local law enforcement to enforce federal immigration law. The program has scaled up significantly during the Trump Administration, more than doubling since Trump took office. For more, click HERE.
FORCED ARBITRATION: My House bill — H.R. 1423 — the FAIR Act — is gaining steam. It would eliminate forced arbitration clauses in employment, consumer, and civil rights cases, and would allow consumers and workers to agree to arbitration after a dispute occurs. The House bill has 205 cosponsors. Sen. Blumenthal (D-CT) introduced the companion bill in the Senate. For more, click HERE.
AMERICAN RED CROSS: BE READY FOR HURRICANE SEASON: Hurricane Season begins on June 1. It only takes one storm to threaten millions of people and the American Red Cross wants everyone to be safe before, during and after the season. The Red Cross is ready to respond to any storms that have and may continue to hit the U.S. Are you prepared? For more, click HERE.
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