Economy and Jobs
What Hank has done:
- Introduced the Fair Employment Act of 2011 – H.R. 1113 – which would amend the Civil Rights Act of 1964 to protect against discrimination on the basis of unemployment status.
- Helped deliver more than $200 million of federal investment in Fourth District job creation since January 2009, including $98 million to save more than 1,000 teaching jobs in DeKalb, Rockdale, and Gwinnett counties.
- Secured funds for road projects on Covington Highway, South & North Hairston Road, Sigman Road, Chamblee-Dunwoody Road, Briarcliff Road, and Shallowford Road.
- Secured funds to train EMTs at DeKalb Technical college, funds to train the chronically unemployed for clean energy jobs at Goodwill Industries of North Georgia, hundreds of thousands of dollars for MARTA, funds for Suniva Inc. to hire additional workers at their Norcross solar panel plant, funds to hire more firefighters for DeKalb County – among others.
- Voted against the Wall Street bailout.
- Voted for the Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act that ends the era of abuses by big banks that have cost the American people 8 million jobs and $17 trillion in retirement savings and net worth.
- Voted for President Obama’s Recovery Act, or stimulus package, which cut taxes for 95% of working families and made critical investments in education, clean energy and infrastructure.
- Cosponsored the Summer Jobs Act, which passed the House and would create 1,000 summer jobs for Fourth District youths and ease lending to small businesses. Hank joined White House officials and former Congressional Black Caucus Chairwoman Barbara Lee to urge Senate passage of the bill.
- Voted for and offered a successful amendment to legislation to reform regulation of Wall Street. It passed the House of Representatives.
- Cosponsored the successful legislation that raised the minimum wage to $7.25.
- Voted for the Employee Free Choice Act, which would crack down on union busting, provide mediation and arbitration for contract disputes, and ease the union forming process.
- Introduced the Mobile Workforce State Income Tax Fairness and Simplification Act in 2010 and 2011 to ensure that Americans who work in multiple places are not taxed by more than one state or local jurisdiction.
- Voted against the Peru Free Trade Act and the Columbia Free Trade Act, which would put more Americans out of work during a time of economic hardship.
- Supported trade adjustment assistance to Americans who become unemployed due to shifting global trade patterns.
- Congressman Johnson hosted the 2nd Annual Career & Community Resources Fair on March 3, 2017, showcasing great organizations that are sincerely focused on the wellbeing of their employees. "By creating an environment where constituents can explore various employment opportunities and resources, it will help bolster the local economy and increase the number of skilled workers in the labor force," said Rep. Johnson.
- Original cosponsor of H.Res.586, recognizing the growth and importance of minority women-owned businesses.
What Hank will do:
- Continue to support investment in job creation for working Americans and the chronically underemployed.
- Support continued extension of unemployment insurance while unemployment remains high.
- Continue to call for Congress to respond to the severe deprivations of America's poorest people, especially during this period of economic difficulty.
- Continue to protect American workers as they seek to level the playing field in their bargaining with employers.
- Support tax relief for middle class households.
- Call for smarter regulation of a financial system that has become too corrupt and complex.
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WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Congressman Hank Johnson (GA-04) today released the following statement on the passage of the Republican tax bill:
Rep. Johnson's floor speech can be viewed HERE.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Henry C. “Hank” Johnson, Jr. (GA-04) today made the following statement today after the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) voted 3-2 to rollback rules on Net Neutrality.
“I condemn the FCC decision today to do away with Net Neutrality. U.S. taxpayers paid for the research and development of the World Wide Web, and we deserve for the Internet to remain a platform open to all content treated equally and without discrimination.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, as Ranking Member of the Transportation & Infrastructure Subcommittee on Economic Development, Public Buildings, & Emergency Management, Rep. Johnson examined impact of opioid crisis in Appalachia.
Rep. Johnson focused on the importance of the Affordable Care Act in combating the opioid crisis and how economic development is effected by the explosive use of opioids in places such as North Georgia, Kentucky, West Virginia and Pennsylvania.
The Honorable Hank Johnson
Subcommittee on Economic Development, Public Buildings, and Emergency Management hearing on
“The Opioid Epidemic in Appalachia: Addressing Hurdles to Economic Development in the Region”
December 12, 2017
Good morning. I would like to thank the Chairman for holding this hearing on the opioid epidemic in Appalachia.
CONYERS – Rep. Hank Johnson (GA-04), a senior member of the House Judiciary Committee, announced today that the Conyers Police Department is receiving more than $440,000 from the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of Community Oriented Policing Services or COPS. Read More
Congressman Reports more than $400,000 from DOJ for Conyers’ Police Department to Hire 4 More Officers
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Rep. Hank Johnson (GA-04), a senior member of the House Judiciary Committee, announced that the Conyers Police Department is receiving more than $440,000 from the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of Community Oriented Policing Services or COPS.
The grants will be used to fund four additional officers in Conyers.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Esta semana, el congresista Hank Johnson (GA-04) se unió a sus colegas demócratas de la Cámara de Representantes al firmar una petición exigiendo la consideración de la legislación bipartidista DREAM Act a un voto. Esta legislación brindará una solución permanente para permitir que los jóvenes indocumentados traídos aquí en la infancia permanezcan legalmente en el país. Si la petición es firmada por la mayoría de los miembros del Congreso, la Cámara de Representantes se verá obligada a considerar esta propuesta en el pleno.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – This week, Rep.Johnson joined with House Democratic colleagues in signing a petition to force a vote on the bipartisan DREAM Act, which would provide a permanent solution to allow young undocumented immigrants brought here as children to remain in this country legally. If the petition is signed by a majority of members, the House would be forced to take a vote on this legislation. Rep. Johnson also called on Republicans to participate in this effort to force a vote.
CLARKSTON, GA -- On Sept. 18, Congressman Hank Johnson hosted his small business Think Tank to connect more than 100 small business owners with federal resources.
Held at Georgia Piedmont Technical College campus in Clarkston, the event included one-on-one sessions, panel discussions and a working lunch roundtable.