District 4 – Hank Johnson

2240 Rayburn HOB
Washington, DC 20515
Phone: (202) 225-1605   
 
5240 Snapfinger Park Drive, Suite 130
Decatur, GA 30035
Phone: (770) 987-2291  

6/10

6/5/17 MANDATE ON CONTRACEPTION COVERAGE COULD BE WEAKENED FURTHER: U.S. Rep. Hank Johnson, a Democrat, said in a statement that pulling back the coverage would result in unintended pregnancies. He called it “mindless” when combined with the administration’s proposal to cut back on a federal nutrition program for infants and children.

6/7/17 Congressman Johnson has been posting a number messages on his Facebook page honoring veterans “Congressman Hank Johnson honored both veterans who have served our country, and the young people who have committed to joining our armed services at his “Extending the Legacy” ceremony on June 2” at the Lou Walker Senior Center in Lithonia.

6/8/17 RE: COMEY TESTIMONY (via Facebook post) “After former FBI Director James Comey’s testimony today, it’s clearer than ever that an independent commission into the Trump-Russia connection is a must! Americans must demand Republicans finally show respect for our democracy and stop blocking efforts to #FollowTheFacts.”

6/8/17 RE: FINANCIAL CHOICE ACT: “The GOP’s Financial CHOICE Act would roll back many of the consumer protections passed during the Obama Administration, in the Dodd-Frank Act.
The Financial CHOICE Act would enable banks to make riskier loans and would expose taxpayers to a greater likelihood that they’d be on the hook for in the future for federally funded bailouts of troubled banks. I will vote NO on the Financial CHOICE Act. #WrongChoiceAct”

6/8/17 Congressman Johnson has been adamant about not privatizing the ATC and has posted a number of social media entries as well questioning DOT Secretary Chao at a hearing on privatizing air traffic control. “Privatizing ATC could have serious national security and safety implications. We can’t gamble with aviation safety.”

5/27

5/23/17 IMPEACHMENT OF THE PRESIDENT: “We are rapidly approaching an impeachment process,” Rep. Hank Johnson (D-Ga.) said Wednesday to The Hill publication.
And Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.) said he is getting closer to supporting impeachment with each new development.
“We’re coming very, very close,” Lewis said.  “The drip-drip just cannot continue,” he added. “We’ve got to save the country.”

5/23 BUDGET: Congressman Johnson put a statement out on Facebook: “The #TrumpCuts budget released today cuts $1.4 trillion from Medicaid, putting the health care of millions of children with disabilities, seniors in nursing homes, and our poorest families at risk; breaks the President’s promise by targeting Social Security benefits; and makes it harder for families on the brink to put food on the table and a roof over their head – all to help pay for massive tax cuts for millionaires.”

5/24 BUDGET: Congressman Johnson put a statement out on Facebook: “The Joint Economic Committee Democrats scored President Donald J. Trump’s budget and found it would be disastrous for our economic future. Trump’s budget reduces federal funding for infrastructure that would create good jobs. It also prevents research and development funding from finding a cure for cancer and advancing the economy of tomorrow through innovation.”

5/26/17 TRAVEL BAN: Congressman Johnson put out a press release that read: “President Trump has suffered another defeat in the federal courts while trying to push through his “revised” travel ban. The 4th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that Donald Trump’s ban of Muslims has no place in our country. I fully support the decision of the Fourth Circuit. The Fourth Circuit held that President Trump’s Muslim ban,” is “steeped in animus and directed at a single religious group.” I urge President Trump to see the error of his ways, and begin governing this country in an inclusive manner, instead of catering to the nationalists who support him and applaud his xenophobic policies.”

5/14

May 8 – The U.S. House of Representatives recently approved abill amendment sponsored by Rep. Hank Johnson that extends nine open recordsexemptions to two mortgage companies that were put into federal conservatorshipnearly a decade ago. The amendment is attached to a bill that would changefederal open information rules to make them apply to companies that are infederal conservatorship or receivership. The amendment passed 410-5, while thefull bill passed 425-0.

May 10 – Rep Johnson was on local media outlets saying that the firing of former FBI Director James Comey saying “…the whole thing doesn’t pass the smell test.” He is calling for an independent investigation.

5/6

This week, Hank Johnson has been driving home info about Trumpcare to his district via social media. From his post on Facebook on May 1:
“#TrumpcareFacts:
– Trumpcare would gut protections for Americans with pre-existing conditions, and drive up costs for millions more.
– The Republicans exempted themselves from Trumpcare’s unconscionable attacks on protections for people with pre-existing conditions.
– Americans are lining up against this bill. No amount of spin can change that.
– #Trumpcare includes $600 BILLION tax break for the rich.”

He also voted YES on Joint Resolution 99 to fund the government through May 5.

4/16

March 28: reintroduced the “Airport SecurityAct of 2017.” The Airport Security Act of 2017 makes it illegal to carry loaded guns onto airport property.

April 5: re-introduced with 35 of his colleagues H.R.1907, the “Election Infrastructure and Security Promotion Act of 2017.” This bill requires the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to designate our voting systems as critical infrastructure.

  • Require DHS to submit to Congress a comprehensive plan on protecting critical electoral process from a variety of threats, including cyber terrorism;
  • Call upon the Election Assistance Commission (EAC) and National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) to develop operational security standards to be used in federal elections and transparency standards so that voters may verify their votes;
  • Authorize the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) to establish an election technology innovation program to support and promote research into improving our voting process.

Recent votes:
NO on US Senate Joint Resolution 34 to overturn Obama Administration rule that mandated internet service providers obtain permission from customers prior to using their info for advertising purposes. Resolution passes 215 to 205 in the US House.

YES on US House Resolution 92 to condemn North Korea for developing intercontinental ballistic missiles, to urge South Korea to develop defenses against these missiles, and to support sanctions another efforts to counter the nuclear moves of NorthKorea. Passed 228 to 194

YES on US House Bill 479 Designate North Korea as a state sponsor of terror. Passed 394 to 1.

NO on US House Bill 1430 Mandate stricter science standards for the EPA actions. Passed 228 to 194.
4/1

3/22: Following a markup, Congressman Hank Johnson’s bipartisan Mobile Workforce State Income Tax Simplification Act of 2017 passed the full House Judiciary Committee by a vote of 19-2.

3/28: Rep. Hank Johnson, has reintroduced the “Airport Security Act of 2017.” The Airport Security Act of 2017 makes it illegal to carry loaded guns onto airport property.

3/28: Rep Johnson voted “No” on US House Bill 1181 to restrict ability to take guns away from vets. Passed 240 to 175 in the US House.

3/30 Met with the students of the Tucker Middle School Band and Orchestra, ahead of their performance in Washington D.C. to talk about the importance of arts education.

Public events: None scheduled at this time.

3/25 Update

This week March 20th:
– Reintroduced bill in honor of slain environmental and indigenous rights activist Berta Caceres
– Reintroduced bill to stop the militarization of law enforcement
– Spoke strongly on the floor against President Trump’s Potential Conflict of Interest/Trumpcare
– Introduced bipartisan legislation that would improve the DOD scholarship program for students pursing degrees in cybersecurity fields
-The House Judiciary Committee passed Rep. Johnson’s Mobile Workforce Bill which makes it easier for Americans who work in multiple states to pay their taxes and for businesses to comply with state law.

3/18 Update

3/9/17 Introduced a bill: “Reaffirming DHS’ Commitment to Countering All Forms of Violent Extremism Act.” H.R. 1453 is in response to the increasing number of violent hate crimes, bomb threats, and public vitriol being directed at minorities across the country. It would ensure that funds appropriated to DHS are used to address all forms of violent extremism in the United States, including right-wing, Islamic, and white nationalist extremism. As a recent report stated, “since 2002 right-wing militants have killed more people in the United States than jihadis have.”

3/17/17 Introduced a bill: Cyber Scholarship Program Act of 2017, legislation that would improve the cybersecurity workforce pipeline by reinvigorating and improving an existing DOD scholarship program for students pursuing degrees in cybersecurity fields.

3/17/17 Reintroduced the bipartisan “Stop Militarizing Law Enforcement Act” because he is concerned that the new administration may acton restoring law and order by making more military equipment available to state and local law enforcement agencies. Also, Rep. Johnson also co-wrote an op-ed in Newsweek entitled: DUMPING MILITARY KIT ON COPS MAKES MAIN STREET A WAR ZONE

3/11 Update

March 1, 2017 –  dozens of DeKalb residents, worried about threats from President Donald Trump’s and the Republican congress to repeal the Affordable Care Act, aired their concerns at town hall meeting at Lou Walker Senior Center hosted by US Rep. Hank Johnson’s office.

March 7, 2017: Arbitration Fairness Act, was introduced by Sen. Franken, Rep. Johnson, and Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) to eliminate forced arbitration clauses in employment, consumer, civil rights and antitrust cases.
The ability of ordinary Americans to seek justice in our courts, even against the most powerful corporate interests, is a fundamental element of our civil justice system. However, the growing use of forced arbitration provisions in consumer and employment contracts has eroded this essential function. Forced arbitration thwarts the ability of workers and consumers to hold corporations accountable for wrongdoing, even in the most egregious cases.

March 8, 2017 – Congressman Johnson took the floor for 5minutes to remind congress about the conflicts of interest for the President with his family businesses. He specifically brings up a property that Trump leases/operates and makes money off of that is a General Services Administration (gov) building in DC.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e7qVucA3mHc
2/28/17: Congressman Johnson introduced/sponsored a bill (35 co-sponsors) that is now assigned to House – Armed Services committee: H.R.1243 – To amend title 10, United States Code, to require the Secretary of Defense to use only human-based methods for training members of the Armed Forces in the treatment of severe combat injuries.

Latest Vote: (NO) H.J.Res.83 – (PASSED) Disapproving the rule submitted by the Department of Labor relating to “Clarification of Employer’s Continuing Obligation to Make and Maintain an Accurate Record of Each Recordable Injury and Illness”

Committee assignments:

  • Committee on Armed Services  – responsible for funding and oversight of the Department of Defense (DOD) and the United States armed forces, as well as substantial portions of the Department of Energy.
    • Subcommittee on Seapower and Projection Forces
    • Subcommittee on Emerging Threats and Capabilities
  • Committee on the Judiciary  charged with overseeing the administration of justice within the federal courts, administrative agencies and Federal law enforcement entities. The Judiciary Committee is also the committee responsible for impeachments of federal officials. Because of the legal nature of its oversight, committee members usually have a legal background, but this is not required.
    • Subcommittee on Courts, Commercial and Administrative Law
    • Subcommittee on Intellectual Property, Competition, and the Internet
    • Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, and Homeland Security

Voting Record: https://hankjohnson.house.gov/about/votes-and-legislation

Bills sponsored and co-sponsored: https://www.congress.gov/member/henry-johnson/J000288?q={%22sponsorship%22:%22sponsored%22}

https://hankjohnson.house.gov/

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