District 5 – John Lewis

 
100 Peachtree St. NW Suite 1920 Atlanta, GA 30303
404-659-0116

 

343 Cannon House Office Building Washington, DC 20515 
202-225-3801
 
6/10
Rep. Lewis condemned Trump’s withdrawal from the Paris Climate Accord, noting a discrepancy between what Trump does and what he says.  Trump claims that staying in the agreement will cost Americans jobs; however, in his latest budget proposal, Trump cut important support for American workers, like the Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) which helps to create or retain more than 80,000 American manufacturing jobs each year.  Moreover, leaving the Paris Accord obviously will further endanger the earth, its resources, and its people.

Source:

https://johnlewis.house.gov/media-center/press-releases/rep-john-lewis-reacts-withdrawal-paris-climate-agreement

 
5/27
Budget and Healthcare: Lewis condemned Trump’s proposed budget and health care bill during two House Ways & Means hearings on May 24. Lewis emphasized that many more of the most vulnerable in our society will suffer from less government assistance (Social Security, Medicaid, food assistance, etc.). Lewis also noted the cuts in the EPA and the dismal CBO score on the Republican health care bill, leaving 23 million citizens without health care by 2026.
 
5/14
LGBTQ: Rep. Lewis condemned Trump’s Executive Order on Free Speech and Religious Liberty.  Lewis asserts that not only does this EO allow discrimination within the LGBTQ community, but also it will open the door to further discrimination to other minority groups.
5/6
Trumpcare: Rep. Lewis has condemned the passing of H.R. 1628 (a bill to repeal Obamacare) denouncing it as a way to line the coffers of big business by taking healthcare away from the most vulnerable: “Never ever in my years in the U.S. House of Representatives have I seen such a betrayal of the public trust.  Never have I seen legislative action that reveals such clear disdain for the human dignity of the most vulnerable among us.  Never have I ever seen such a willingness to disregard what is right in favor of what is so wrong.”
April 29, 2017Activism: On Saturday, Rep. John Lewis rallied the crowd at a protest against the NRA’s Atlanta conference, which featured guest speaker President Trump. Lewis urged the crowd to continue to push for gun control.Meet & Greet: On Monday, May 15, 2017, Rep. Lewis will host a 5th Congressional District Meet and Greet from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Georgia International Convention Center in College Park.  Please RSVP by clicking here and call his Atlanta office at (404) 659-0116 if you have any questions.Sources:http://www.ajc.com/news/state–regional-govt–politics/john-lewis-rallies-gun-control-advocates-nra-convention-continues-saturday-atlanta/42QRXWswiyS2OL279toOnN/

April 20, 2017

Award: On April 18, Re. Lewis received the prestigious Gleitsman Citizen Activist Award for his 60-year career of advancing human rights from Harvard University.

Activism: On April 16 in Los Angeles, Rep. Lewis, alongside House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, rallied a new bill aimed at ending child poverty in California.  “Assembly Bill 1520, authored and introduced earlier this year by Assemblywoman Autumn Burke (D- Inglewood), seeks to reduce the percentage of children living below the poverty line in California by half by fiscal year 2039.”  Lewis underscored the importance of receiving assistance from family while growing up impoverished in Alabama and urged the state to aide California’s poor children with more childcare services, after-school services, job placement programs, and other antipoverty initiatives.

Sources:

http://news.harvard.edu/gazette/story/2017/04/civil-rights-icon-john-lewis-headed-to-harvard-sees-work-ahead-to-guarantee-rights/

http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-child-poverty-rally-20170409-story.html

April 6, 2017

Commemoration of Journalists: On March 31, Rep. Lewis commemorated the deaths of two great American journalists.  Bill Minor was a courageous reporter from Mississippi who dared to investigate the crimes against people of color during the Civil Rights movement.  Steen Miles of Georgia was an Emmy-winning journalist who served as a spokesperson for MARTA and eventually became a Georgia state senator.  She was committed to truth in her articles and served Georgians as a devoted public servant.

Syria: On April 6, Rep. Lewis spoke out against the most recent crimes of Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad.  He strongly condemned the horrendous murders of innocent citizens by use of chemical warfare and urges the world to “speak out in the face of such a heinous crime.   If we allow these horrible actions to go unchecked, unmatched by criticism and dissent, we leave room for this kind of violence to happen again in Syria or anywhere else in the world.”

Source: https://johnlewis.house.gov/media-center/press-releases/rep-john-lewis-reprehensible-actions-syrian-president-bashar-al-assad

March 30, 2017

 

Healthcare: On March 24, Rep. Lewis made an impassioned plea to Congress to vote no on H.R. 1628, the Health Care Repeal Act, also known as Trumpcare, citing the CBO’s projections that this repeal would cause the most damage to the most vulnerable.

 
3/25
Civil Rights Preservation: On March 16, Rep. Lewis’s bill H.R. 267, The Martin Luther King Jr. Historic Park Actof 2017, was passed by the House and awaits a favorable response by theSenate. This bill would not onlyexpand the MLK historical site, but also upgrade its status to that of a nationalpark, which would receive the highest level of protection and support from theNational Park Service. This parkwould be Georgia’s first national, historic park and would symbolize a nationalembrace of the peaceful legacy of Dr. King.
Source:
https://johnlewis.house.gov/media-center/press-releases/rep-john-lewis-expansion-mlk-historic-site-national-park
 
3/18 Update
Healthcare: On March 10, Rep. Lewis offered an amendment to completely “scrap” the Ryancare proposal and start over on creating a plan that would protect the rights of healthcare for all U.S. citizens.Immigration: On March 13, Rep. Lewis condemned a tweet made by Rep. Steve King (R-IA) showing support for the Dutch populist candidate Geert Wilders’ views on cultural homogeneity.  Rep. Lewis characterized King’s tweet, in which he showed a desire to see a more homogenous-looking America, as racist and bigoted. Read Lewis’s written remarks here.Diversity: On March 13, Rep. Lewis praised the appointment of Raphael Bostic to be the 15th president of the Atlanta Federal Reserve Bank.   Bostic is the first African American and openly gay person to serve as president to a regional federal reserve bank.Source:https://johnlewis.house.gov/media-center/press-releases
 
3/11 Update
On March 8, Rep. John Lewis offered an amendment during the Ways & Means markup of “Ryancare” (intended to repeal ACA) that would ensure that all Americans stayed covered by their insurance during the repeal of the ACA and transition to the new health care act.  Unfortunately, the Ways & Means committee did not pass this amendment, and no Republicans voted for it.
 

Committees

  • Committee on Ways and Means
    • Subcommittee Income Security and Family Support
    • Ranking Member, Subcommittee on Oversight
    • Member, Subcommittee on Health

Caucus Membership

  • Congressional Black Caucus
  • Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease – Co-chair
  • Bipartisan Taskforce on Nonproliferation
  • Congressional Progressive Caucus
  • Congressional Caucus on Global Road Safety

Voting record:

http://www.ontheissues.org/GA/John_Lewis.htm

Background

John Lewis is a renowned Civil Rights leader.  He played many key roles in the Civil Rights Movement:  as a student he organized sit-ins at segregated lunch counters, he was one of the 13 original Freedom Riders, he lead the 1963 March on Washington, he and fellow activist Hosea Williams led 600 marchers across the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, AL (where he was beaten and suffered a fractured skull.)

In 1981 he was elected to the Atlanta City Council. In 1986 he was elected to Congress and has served as U.S. Representative of Georgia’s Fifth Congressional District since then. He is the Senior Chief Deputy Whip in the  Democratic caucus

He graduated from Fisk University and American Baptist Theological Seminary, both in Nashville, TN. Lewis was married to Lillian Miles from 1968 until her death in 2012.  He has one son, John Miles.

Recipient of multiple honors including the highest civilian honor, the Medal of Freedom, from President Barack Obama in 2011. Received many other awards and honorary degrees.

In 1988, Lewis introduced a bill to create a national African American museum in Washington.  The bill failed and he introduced it again and again for 15 years until 2003 when President George W. Bush signed the bill to create the museum. The National Museum of African American History and Culture opened in 2016.

On June 22, 2016, House Democrats, led by Lewis, and Katherine Clark (MA) began a sit-in demanding House Speaker, Paul Ryan, allow a vote on gun-safety legislation in the aftermath of the Pulse nightclub shooting.  The House was ordered into recess, but they refused to leave for nearly 26 hours.

 

Information obtained from johnlewis.house.gov and wikipedia.org.

 

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