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Hank Johnson, Jr.'s Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

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  • Signed a letter stating: "Throughout your campaign, you repeatedly proclaimed, "Nobody respects women more than me." Tomorrow, you will be sworn in as the 45th President of the United States. From that day forward, your actions--not words--will demonstrate your willingness to advance positive policies for women. We, the undersigned members of Congress, urge you to reject a policy agenda that would harm women, starting with your efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and defund Planned Parenthood." (votesmart.org)
  • "Proud to stand w/the @ProChoiceCaucus in introducing the Protect Access to Birth Control Act, which blocks #POTUS latest anti-woman attack!" (twitter.com)
  • "#POTUS just released a contraception rule that would rip guaranteed #birthcontrol away from countless women. #HandsOffMyBC" (twitter.com)
  • Rated 100% by NARAL Pro-Choice America. (justfacts.votesmart.org)
  • "Social Security is an essential social safety net, providing critical income to more 53 million retirees, workers with disabilities, spouses and their children. Congress must not grant huge tax cuts to the wealthy and tax subsidies to large corporations, and then try to balance the budget on the backs of our seniors." (votesmart.org)
  • "The United States faces fiscal challenges, and we must find creative ways to cut spending and increase revenues over coming decades. But a civilized nation does not balance its budgets by abandoning seniors. There are plenty of places to cut the deficit: the bloated defense budget, wasteful subsidies to powerful industries, and unwarranted tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans, for example. We cannot balance the budget on the backs of our seniors." (votesmart.org)
  • "Cosponsored H.R. 3178, the Medicare Part B Improvement Act of 2017. This bill contains several bipartisan measures to improve Medicare services, including expanded access, efficiency, and the reduction of administrative requirements for licensed providers." (hankforcongress.com)
  • Rated 100% by Alliance for Retired Americans. (votesmart.org)
  • "The proposals and policies -- many of which have been supported by both Democrats and Republicans in the past -- will restore the government's system of checks and balances, strengthen accountability and transparency, and protect America's elections from foreign interference. Bipartisanship proposals include efforts to strengthen congressional subpoenas, protect Congress' 'power of the purse' authority, and ensure whistleblowers face no retaliation when exposing corruption or abuse." (justfacts.votesmart.org)
  • Rated 87% by Common Cause. (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of HR 1 "For the People Act of 2021." (votesmart.org)
  • "Today, justice has been served. The prosecution scored a slam dunk and the jury agreed. As prosecutor Jerry Blackwell said during closing arguments: while some believe George Floyd died from an enlarged heart, he actually died because ex-officer Derek Chauvin's heart was too small.' While today we recognize that justice was served, one case will not change broken taillight policing in Black and brown communities. We must continue our work to reform the police and pass the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act. As members of Congress, we must continue to advance reform of our criminal justice system and pass police accountability legislation. We must act now to halt the brutal injustice of police misconduct, the taking of lives, or George Floyd will have died in vain." (justfacts.votesmart.org)
  • "Madam Speaker, the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act is a critical step towards ensuring a country where Black people are treated as equal citizens, not just in theory, but in real life. This bill weaves into our laws the truism that Black Lives Matter. This bill will help build trust between law enforcement and the communities that they are sworn to protect and serve." (justfacts.votesmart.org)
  • "Today, justice has been served. The prosecution scored a slam dunk and the jury agreed. As prosecutor Jerry Blackwell said during closing arguments: "while some believe George Floyd died from an enlarged heart, he actually died because ex-officer Derek Chauvin's heart was too small.' While today we recognize that justice was served, one case will not change broken taillight policing in Black and brown communities. We must continue our work to reform the police and pass the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act. As members of Congress, we must continue to advance reform of our criminal justice system and pass police accountability legislation. We must act now to halt the brutal injustice of police misconduct, the taking of lives, or George Floyd will have died in vain." (justfacts.votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of HR 1280 "George Floyd Justice in Policing Act of 2021." (votesmart.org)
  • Voted against S 1605 "National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2022." (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 6% by Center for Security Policy. (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of HR 5376 "Build Back Better Act." (votesmart.org)
  • "The bipartisan infrastructure bill includes new programs such as a $6.4 billion carbon reduction program, a $250 million congestion relief program, and a $7.5 billion local and regional project assistance program. The new carbon reduction program alone will provide Georgia with over $210 million between FY22-27. For Georgia, it also means $1.36 billion in funding to improve or expand public transportation options, at least $100 million for broadband coverage, $135 million to build electric vehicle charging stations, $225 million for bridge replacement and repairs and more than $619 million for repairs and upgrades at airports." (justfacts.votesmart.org)
  • 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. (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of HR 3684 "Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act." (votesmart.org)
  • "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." (votesmart.org)
  • "The CARES Act is an important step forward to ensure that workers, families and small businesses, have the financial resources they need today, and which they will need during the coming months as we face this unprecedented crisis." (www.facebook.com)
  • "I was proud to travel back to Washington, D.C. to vote in support the CARES Act, a historic piece of legislation that will bring urgently needed relief to families and small businesses all across this country, including here in Georgia." (www.facebook.com)
  • Voted in favor of HR 266 "Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act" (votesmart.org)
  • "Today, I proudly voted for more strong action to bring down kitchen table costs for working Georgians," said Rep. Johnson. "Putin's war in Ukraine is driving up the cost of fuel and food all over the world. But by lowering costs for America's farmers in the fields, we can lower costs for American families in the grocery aisle. We can stop the unfair, anti-competitive practices of powerful meatpacking conglomerates that have jacked up the price of meat and poultry in the supermarket, even as the men and women who raise the meat struggle to stay in business. And by unleashing the power of clean, homegrown American ethanol, cheaper Unleaded 88 at the pump can help break the grip of foreign autocrats weaponizing gas prices." (justfacts.votesmart.org)
  • "As 17 Nobel Prize-winning economists recently wrote in support of this legislation: "Because this agenda invests in long-term economic capacity and will enhance the ability of more Americans to participate productively in the economy, it will ease longer-term inflationary pressures." In fact, according to the estimates of the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office and the U.S. Treasury, the Build Back Better Act even reduces the deficit by more than $100 billion over the first ten years." (justfacts.votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of HR 5376 "Inflation Reduction Act of 2022" (votesmart.org)
  • "The Inflation Reduction Act is an historic victory for Georgia families and for our planet: delivering the investments we need to keep down health care costs, reinvigorate American manufacturing and drive our transition to a clean energy economy. Importantly, this legislation is fully paid-for by ensuring that corporations can't dodge their taxes -- ensuring that not one middle class Georgian or small business pays a cent more in taxes. This legislation is a monumental step forward in House Democrats' fight to build a fairer, cleaner economy, and we remain laser-focused on putting People Over Politics: lowering costs, creating better-paying jobs and building safer communities for all." (justfacts.votesmart.org)
  • Signed Letter to President Biden: "Canceling student debt is one of the most powerful ways to address racial and economic equity issues. The student loan system mirrors many of the inequalities that plague American society and widens the racial wealth gap.10 Black students in particular borrow more to attend college, borrow more often while they are in school, and have a harder time paying their debt off than their white peers.11 They are more than three times as likely to go into default within four years on their federal loans as white borrowers12– and face wage garnishment, tax refund withholding, and federal benefit offsets. 13 While Latino borrowers often have lower loan balances than their white peers, they are more likely to struggle in repaying their loans, and have some of the lowest post-education earnings among all racial or ethnic groups." (justfacts.votesmart.org)
  • "I'm working this week extend relief for students. @GeorgiaRecorder: Democrats in Congress press Biden to extend pause on student loans:" (twitter.com)
  • "There’s nothing more important than our right to vote. But that right is under attack because of gerrymandering, voter ID laws, voter purges and more. We need action to #RestoreTheVOTE" (twitter.com)
  • Voted in favor of HR 5746 "Freedom to Vote: John R. Lewis Act" (votesmart.org)
  • "America should invest heavily in becoming the world's leading producer of clean, efficient, renewable energy." (justfacts.votesmart.org)
  • "We must strive to reduce our reliance on oil, an increasingly scarce resource. Natural gas could be an acceptable bridge to an era in which clean renewables like solar, wind, and hydro are dominant." (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of HR 4447 "Expanding Access to Sustainable Energy Act of 2019." (votesmart.org)
  • "#GOPBudget will slash America's commitment to: -infrastructure -job training -clean energy -research & development" (twitter.com)
  • Voted in favor of HR 9 "Climate Action Now Act." (votesmart.org)
  • "Congress should aggressively tighten efficiency standards, especially fuel standards for automobiles, and implement legislation to dramatically cut pollution." (justfacts.votesmart.org)
  • Rated 100% by League of Conservation Voters. (votesmart.org)
  • "The EPA needs additional resources and a Congressional mandate to aggressively defend the environment, which is a public good, and it should engage in regulation of carbon dioxide emissions." (justfacts.votesmart.org)
  • Rated 100% by Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. (justfacts.votesmart.org)
  • ""In Georgia and across the country, the epidemic of gun violence exacts a deadly, daily toll, ending the lives of an average of 100 Americans each day," said Rep. Johnson. "Tragically, throughout the coronavirus pandemic and economic crisis, the gun violence crisis has only grown worse. The people of Georgia -- and particularly my constituents in Georgia's Fourth District -- are joining courageous families and survivors as well as millions of young people marching for their lives to demand bold action, which is why I'm proud to stand with my colleagues to pass these two landmark, bipartisan gun violence prevention bills."" (justfacts.votesmart.org)
  • "Preventing future tragedies can only happen when elected officials find the courage to stand up to the gun lobby and reject dangerous proposals like this one that put public safety at risk." (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of HR 1446 "Enhanced Background Checks Act of 2021." (votesmart.org)
  • "In Georgia and across the country, the epidemic of gun violence exacts a deadly, daily toll, ending the lives of an average of 100 Americans each day," said Rep. Johnson. "Tragically, throughout the coronavirus pandemic and economic crisis, the gun violence crisis has only grown worse. The people of Georgia -- and particularly my constituents in Georgia's Fourth District -- are joining courageous families and survivors as well as millions of young people marching for their lives to demand bold action, which is why I'm proud to stand with my colleagues to pass these two landmark, bipartisan gun violence prevention bills." (justfacts.votesmart.org)
  • "For decades, Democrats have fought to protect and expand access to health care, and at every step, Republicans try to gut our efforts," said Representative Hank Johnson (GA-04). For us, health care is a human right. Democrats want to move towards expanding access to health care, which is essential to improving health equity. Medicare for All and Medicaid expansion are tools to help get us there. Republicans have made it clear -- they want to take health care away from the millions benefitting from Medicare, Medicaid and the Affordable Care Act to prioritize corporate profits over Americans' health. Now is the time to expand access to healthcare, not cut it." (justfacts.votesmart.org)
  • "Health care is a RIGHT, not a privilege for the wealthy. It's time to change the game & provide quality, affordable health care for every person living in the U.S. Proud to join @RepJayapal & @repjohnlewis more than 100 of our colleagues as co-sponsors of the #MedicareforAll Act." (twitter.com)
  • "The President's Build Back Better Act represents the greatest progress for Georgia families in 50 years," said Rep. Johnson. "With transformative initiatives like childcare, paid leave, tax cuts for families, climate action and more, the Congress is taking bold action to invest in our families, our economy and our children's future. The important step the House took today kicks off the process of crafting this historic legislation, and I will continue to work with my colleagues to ensure this bill meets the needs of Georgians." (justfacts.votesmart.org)
  • Signed Letter to President Biden: "As your Administration works to craft the next recovery package, we strongly urge you to include meaningful and permanent paid leave in that package, to prioritize it in your legislative agendas, and to partner with us to finally make this a reality in America." (justfacts.votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of HR 6201 "Families First Coronavirus Response Act" (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of HR 3 "Lower Drug Costs Now Act of 2019" (votesmart.org)
  • "The American people are demanding congressional action to bring prescription drug prices down, and who can blame them," said Rep. Johnson. "That is why this legislative package, providing some needed relief on drug prices to the American people, is so important. This legislation begins to fulfill the promises we have made as part of the For The People agenda. I am so proud to be joining my colleagues in passing this major legislation that will begin to bring down drug costs by removing barriers to lower-cost generic drugs entering the market earlier. The nonpartisan CBO agrees that all three of these drug pricing bills will result in lower prescription drug costs." (justfacts.votesmart.org)
  • "This legislation will bring down costs for working Georgians while building a cleaner economic future across the country, taking action to: * Lower prescription drug prices: empowering Medicare to negotiate the price of prescription drugs, preventing excessive price hikes and capping seniors' out-of-pocket drug costs at $2,000." (justfacts.votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of HR 6833 "The Affordable Insulin Now Act" (votesmart.org)
  • "We are 34 days into a senseless shutdown that is endangering our security and threatening our economy, because the President and Republicans in the Senate insist on holding the American people hostage to a wasteful, ineffective wall," said Rep. Johnson. "I'm working every day to end this shutdown and deliver effective border security solutions. The Senate needs to send this bipartisan package to re-open government and secure our border to the President's desk." (justfacts.votesmart.org)
  • "Protecting Dreamers and TPS recipients is the right thing to do. The President is wrong to hold them hostage over money for a wasteful wall that could be better spent on more effective border security measures. #EndTheShutdown" (twitter.com)
  • "I proudly voted to impose the harshest sanctions yet in response to Vladimir Putin’s cruel invasion of #Ukraine. By raising tariffs, the United States will join with our allies in further isolating #Russia’s economy and withholding funds from Putin’s war chest." (twitter.com)
  • Voted in favor of HR 6968 "Suspending Energy Imports from Russia Act" (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of HR 7691 "Making emergency supplemental appropriations for assistance for the situation in Ukraine for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2022, and for other purposes." (justfacts.votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of S 3522 "Ukraine Democracy Defense Lend-Lease Act of 2022" (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of HR 5377 "Restoring Tax Fairness for States and Localities Act" (votesmart.org)
  • "This GOP tax scam raises taxes on millions of middle-class families, slashes taxes for the wealthiest and for corporations, and it explodes the deficit," said Johnson. "The bill gives tax breaks to corporations shipping American jobs overseas and ransacks Medicaid and Medicare. The bill eliminates the medical-expense deduction and imposes new limits on the mortgage-interest deduction. While working Americans might see a temporary tax cut, their benefits expire in a few years while cuts for corporations are made permanent. How many times do Republicans have to stand on the wrong side of history and force failed trickle-down economics on the working people of America?" (justfacts.votesmart.org)
  • "With the #InflationReductionAct, Democrats are taking action to lower costs for American families — and our bill is fully paid for by making big corporations pay their fair share in taxes." (twitter.com)
  • Voted in favor of HR 5430 - United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement Implementation Act. (votesmart.org)
  • "Free Trade Agreements must be fair to both U.S. and foreign workers. #WORKERSUNITE #AskHank" (twitter.com)
  • Rated 100% by Public Citizen. (votesmart.org)

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