Rep. Johnson's statement on the 2011 budget proposal
WASHINGTON – Today, Rep. Hank Johnson (D-GA) testified before a House Budget Committee hearing.
Jobs, economy, foreclosure prevention, public safety, transportation top concerns for Johnson
“I strongly urge this Committee to give high priority to economic recovery and job creation, foreclosure prevention, viral hepatitis funding, justice programs to decrease recidivism, and transportation and infrastructure.
I applaud the President’s budget request of $100 billion for a jobs package to spur economic growth to help put Americans and Georgians back to work. We must invest in programs that help laid-off workers and their families until they find new jobs.
Foreclosure prevention programs are also essential. I support the President’s request for more than $350 million in foreclosure prevention programs.
I also urge the full funding of the Second Chance Act, the COPS Program, and Bryne Justice Grant Program to combat crime and reduce recidivism.
Further, substantial funding is necessary for mass transit and infrastructure programs. Investing in mass transportation and infrastructure projects will create jobs, allow people who want to work an option for getting to work, and will ultimately revitalize our economy by creating jobs.”
U.S. Rep. Hank Johnson represents the 4th Congressional District of Georgia, which includes parts of DeKalb, Rockdale and Gwinnett counties in metro Atlanta. He serves as Chairman of the Judiciary Subcommittee on Courts and Competition Policy.