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Congressman Hank Johnson

Representing the 4th District of Georgia

Justice, Civil Liberties, & Government Accountability

What Hank believes:

  • The criminal justice system is ridden with injustice that penalizes minority and poor Americans.
  • Mandatory minimum sentencing is fundamentally unfair.
  • The death penalty is immoral.
  • The government should serve and protect – not harass or inconvenience – American citizens.
  • The government should not detain or spy on Americans without a warrant.
  • Congress should exercise its government oversight prerogatives to their fullest in an effort to destroy waste and corruption.
  • The federal government's reckless borrowing and spending threaten America's economic and national security, and unfairly and unethically burden future generations who will be responsible for repaying today's debts.
  • It is irresponsible and unsustainable to increase spending while cutting taxes, as the Bush Administration did.

What Hank has done:

  • Introduced the Effective Death Penalty Appeals Act in 2009, which would ensure that death row inmates have the opportunity to present newly discovered evidence of innocence.  
  • Cosponsored the successful Second Chance Act of 2007, which will lower crime rates in communities by increasing the care and aptitude with which the criminal justice system deals with ex-prisoners, probationers, and recidivists.
  • Cosponsored the Local Law Enforcement Hate Crimes Prevention Act, which passed the House. It enables the federal government to assist local law enforcement with the investigation and prosecution of hate crimes.
  • Cosponsored the Emmett Till Unsolved Civil Rights Crime Act, which passed the House. It directed the Department of Justice to open an office for the investigation of unsolved civil rights crimes committed before 1970.
  • Cosponsored the COPS Improvement Act, which passed the House. It expands the authority of the Attorney General to make grants for public safety and community policing programs.
  • Cosponsored the Stop AIDS in Prison Act, which passed the House. It would direct the Bureau of Prisons to implement a comprehensive policy to provide HIV testing, treatment, and prevention for inmates in federal prisons and upon re-entry to the community.
  • Voted, during the first 100 Hours of this historic 110th Congress, to reestablish the PAYGO system, which requires that new spending or tax breaks not be added to the federal deficit; costs must be offset elsewhere in the budget.

What Hank will do:

  • From his post on the Judiciary Committee, continue to support efforts to rid our criminal justice system of discriminatory practices.
  • Serve as a check against undue government interference in the daily lives of Americans.
  • Continue to provide federal and local law enforcement with the resources needed to fight crime effectively and humanely.
  • Work to form a bipartisan consensus which resolves that, by avoiding unnecessary wars and eliminating unfair subsidies to powerful constituencies, we can balance the budget without cutting vital social services like Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, and Food Stamps.

More on Justice, Civil Liberties, & Government Accountability

November 16, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Rep. Hank Johnson (GA-04) voted against H.R. 1 – the House Republicans’ corporate tax cut that raises taxes on millions of middle-income families and explodes the national debt so Republicans in Congress can reward their wealthy, selfish campaign donors:

 

November 14, 2017 Press Release

Rep. Johnson Questions AG Sessions in Judiciary Hearing

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressman Hank Johnson (GA-04), a senior member of the House Judiciary Committee, questioned U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions about why he recused himself from the investigation into Russian interference in U.S. elections, the sale of CNN as part of the proposed AT&T-Time Warner merger and whether DOJ was conducting a review of cyber-security measures to prevent future meddling in U.S. elections. Below is a transcript and video link of the exchange:

November 9, 2017 Press Release

Congressman Reintroduces Grand Jury Reform, Bills That Hold Police Accountable to Public

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Rep. Hank Johnson (GA-04), a senior member of the House Judiciary Committee, introduced a package of criminal justice reform bills seeking to restore trust between police and the communities they serve and level the playing field to root out discrimination and disparities in the system.

November 2, 2017 Press Release

“The troubling report by the International Advisory Group of Experts (GAIPE), indicates a pattern and suggests that the botched investigation into Berta Caceres’s murder is not an isolated incident,” said Congressman Hank Johnson, who re-introduced the “Berta Caceres Human Rights in Honduras Act” in March of this year. The “Berta Caceres Human Rights in Honduras Act” would suspend U.S.

October 27, 2017 In The News

Georgia U.S. Rep Hank Johnson, a Democrat, separately said the server wipe "appears to be a willful and premeditated destruction of evidence" by election officials, adding, "Georgia voters should be as outraged as I am."

 
October 27, 2017 In The News

U.S. Rep. Hank Johnson said the “apparent deliberate destruction of evidence” raised questions about the validity of the results in the 6th Congressional District contest in April, a high-profile election for an open U.S. House seat that wound up being the costliest in the nation’s history.

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October 25, 2017 In The News

Representative Hank Johnson (D-Ga.) wrote the act and was the first member of Congress to introduce a bill on the issue.  

"Contrary to popular belief," Johnson told Newsweek, "arbitration decisions are final, binding, non-appealable, and strongly in favor of corporations. The result is a secretive and rigged process that prevents citizens from holding corporate wrongdoers accountable."

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October 23, 2017 In The News

“We need to make sure that we are adequately resourced to be able to respond to these events. I don’t think the federal government is doing an adequate job of that,” said U.S. Rep. Henry Johnson, Jr. (D-GA), who attended the session that was organized by Wilson.

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October 13, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Hank Johnson (GA-04) today released the following statement in response to the decision by President Trump to end critical cost-sharing payments under the Affordable care Act -- $7 billion in annual subsidies to health insurers that allows more than 7 million low-income Americans to afford healthcare coverage:

October 13, 2017 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Hank Johnson (GA-04) released the following statement after a Special Inspector General for the Troubled Asset Relief Program (SIGTARP) audit showed Georgia’s handling of federal Hardest Hit Fund dollars through its HomeSafe program, which is supposed to aid homeowners facing foreclosure, was badly and shamefully mismanaged by the Georgia Department of Community Affairs: