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January 21, 2022

The Weekly Wrap Up

Week 3 (January 16)

This week, Congresswoman Carolyn Bourdeaux returned to Washington D.C. to vote on key legislation, including the EVEST Act, to improve veterans’ health care access, and awarding the Willie O’Ree Congressional Gold Medal Act. 

Congresswoman Bourdeaux also co-led a letter with her colleagues Rep. Raja Krishnamoorthi and Rep. Antonio Delgado to Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigeig and other infrastructure leaders calling for an expedited plan to use funds from the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act to end the supply chain crisis.

The Weekly Rundown

On Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Congresswoman Bourdeaux remembered Dr. King’s legacy and emphasized the importance of moving forward in the fight for justice, voting rights, and criminal justice reform.

At a Small Business Committee Hearing about the creative economy, Congresswoman Bourdeaux spoke about the vital role that the arts play through its cultural contributions and how the Shuttered Venue Operator Grants program (SVOG) provided necessary relief to many of the venues in GA-07. Listen to her remarks here.

Congresswoman Bourdeaux emphasized the Biden administration’s new program that provides at-home COVID tests to all Americans. You can order up to four tests per household via the COVIDTests.gov website.

Congresswoman Bourdeaux went to the Senate Floor Wednesday evening to witness debate on the John R. Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act/Freedom to Vote Act.  Ahead of the Senate’s vote on the legislation, Congresswoman Bourdeaux spoke on the critical need to protect the freedom to vote and re-emphasized her commitment to getting the job done for GA-07. Watch her full remarks here

On Thursday, Congresswoman Bourdeaux proudly voted for the EVEST Act, to implement automatic enrollment for eligible veterans into the VA health care system. The Congresswoman also voted for the Willie O’Ree Congressional Gold Medal Act, which honored Willie O’Ree, the NHL’s first Black player following the anniversary of his NHL debut in 1958.

Ahead of the House’s consideration of the  Water Research Development Act (WRDA) of 2021, Congresswoman Bourdeaux met with Melissa Meeker, CEO of The Water Tower, a non-profit based in Buford which is working on making Gwinnett a national leader for workforce development and innovation in water technology.

Congresswoman Bourdeaux also met with George Dusenbury, the director of Trust for Public Land GA, a non-profit organization leading the effort to develop the Chattahoochee River Greenway. They discussed how WRDA might help support the Greenway development along the river. 

Georgia to Washington, DC 

Congresswoman Bourdeaux and her staff are hard at work for the community. Here’s what her team is getting done for Georgia’s 7th Congressional District!

We mourn the loss of Jeff Parker, the former GM/CEO of MARTA; his contributions to improving and expanding public transportation in the Metro-Atlanta area will never be forgotten.

This Week’s Votes

This week Congress voted on:

S. 2959 – Supplemental Impact Aid Flexibility Act (Sen. Thune – Education and Labor)

This bill gives local education agencies the flexibility to use more stable pre-pandemic student counts to calculate their Impact Aid payments for the FY2023 fiscal year.

Senate Amendment to H.R. 1192 – Puerto Rico Recovery Accuracy in Disclosures Act of 2021 (Rep. Velazquez – Judiciary)

This bill establishes transparency requirements regarding compensation for bankruptcy cases initiated under the Puerto Rico Oversight Management and Economic Stability Act (PROMESA).  (As amended by the Senate.) 

S. 1404 – Ghost Army Congressional Gold Medal Act (Sen. Markey – Financial Services)

This bill provides for the award of a Congressional Gold Medal to the 23d Headquarters Special Troops and the 3133d Signal Services Company, known collectively as the Ghost Army, in recognition of unique and highly distinguished service during World War II.

S. 452 – Willie O’Ree Congressional Gold Medal Act (Sen. Stabenow – Financial Services)

This bill provides for the award of a Congressional Gold Medal to Willie O’Ree in recognition of his contributions and commitment to hockey, inclusion, and recreational opportunity.

H.R. 4673 – EVEST Act (Rep. Takano – Veterans’ Affairs)

This bill automatically enrolls eligible service members into VA healthcare during the transition process and gives service members an opt-out should they wish to not enroll. Veterans are provided notice within 60 days of enrollment and given instructions for how they may opt out.

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Looking Ahead

Next week is a District Work Week, where Congresswoman Bourdeaux will be hard at work in GA-07 meeting with constituents and addressing issues in the community.

More next week. Stay tuned!