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February 04, 2022

The Weekly Wrap-up

Week 5 (January 30)

This week, Congresswoman Carolyn Bourdeaux returned to Washington to vote on key legislation that will strengthen American competitiveness and innovation, H.R. 4521 The America COMPETES Act.

Congresswoman Bourdeaux celebrated the passage of her bill, the Supply CHAIN Act, included in the America COMPETES Act. This legislation will provide critical tools to strengthen the resilience of our supply chains and combat disruptions felt by our community’s small businesses, families, and manufacturers.

The Weekly Rundown

Honoring her commitment to be accessible to constituents, Congresswoman Bourdeaux began the week with another “Coffee with Carolyn” Town Hall in Lilburn where she heard directly from the community and updated them on everything she is doing in Congress.

Congresswoman Bourdeaux led a letter with 45 of her colleagues to President Biden calling for him to allocate $5 billion in his Fiscal Year 2023 budget to strengthen America’s election infrastructure by replacing outdated equipment, prioritizing election security, and ensuring our free and fair elections.

Congresswoman Bourdeaux emphasized the need for gun safety reforms to tackle gun violence after reports of a shooting at a store in Duluth.

Congresswoman Bourdeaux supported Reps. Jackie Speier and Carolyn B. Maloney’s resolution supporting the ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment so all women can be protected from prejudice and discrimination.

Joined by Chairwoman Nicole Love Hendrickson, Regina Miller, Gwinnett’s Deputy Department Director of Community Services, OneStop Project Coordinator, Duane Tolson, and District 3 Commissioner Jasper Watkins III, Congresswoman Bourdeaux visited the Centerville OneStop location to discuss how $25 million from the American Rescue Plan will be used to expand their equity-focused services for the community.

After visiting the Centerville OneStop, Congresswoman Bourdeaux grabbed lunch at Edee’s BBQ Place, one of the small businesses in GA-07 that was able to stay open thanks to funds from the Paycheck Protection Program and the Restaurant Revitalization Fund.

In response to complaints in the community, Congresswoman Bourdeaux met with David Walker, Network Director for the Veterans Affairs Southeast Healthcare Network and representatives from the American Legion to discuss constructive solutions to the issues that are impacting veterans and what the federal government can do to ensure veterans are receiving the quality care they deserve through the Atlanta VA Health System. 

At Rep. Bourdeaux’s monthly COVID Taskforce Meeting attended by government officials like Chairwoman Nicole Love Hendrickson and County Commissioner Cindy Mills, local health care and school officials discussed community responses to the evolving public health and economic needs of GA-07 in light of the Omicron variant.  

Marking the beginning of Black History Month, Congresswoman Bourdeaux honored Justice Leah Ward Sears, the first Black Chief Justice of the Georgia Supreme Court and Shirley Chisholm, the first Black woman to serve in Congress. Congresswoman Bourdeaux will be celebrating the contributions of the Black community and spotlighting impactful leaders throughout February.

Congresswoman Bourdeaux wished everyone who celebrates a Happy Lunar New Year, welcoming in the year of the Tiger! 

The Blue Dog Coalition had a meeting with Mitch Landrieu, the White House Senior Advisor and Coordinator of the implementation of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, to discuss the White House’s strategy in rolling out these funds.

Congresswoman Bourdeaux proudly voted to pass Congresswoman Nikema Williams’ legislation to honor Congressman John Lewis as the new namesake for the Atlanta Main Post Office, allowing his legacy to live on in further service to the community.

At a Transportation and Infrastructure Committee hearing on “The Road Ahead for Automated Vehicles”, Congresswoman Bourdeaux spoke to industry experts on the importance of ensuring AV production prioritizes equitable access to their technology and public safety as their use grows in the 21st-century economy. Watch it here.

Congresswoman Bourdeaux joined the New Democrat Coalition’s Health Care Task Force for a meeting with Dr. Zeke Emanuel, Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress to discuss creating a new national strategy around life with COVID-19.

Congresswoman Bourdeaux joined a letter with Rep. Susan Wild to Speaker Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Schumer urging swift action on broadly-supported legislation that will lower the cost of life-saving drugs, like insulin .

Congresswoman Bourdeaux met with the Forsyth County Drug Awareness Council and the Prevention Action Collaborative of Gwinnett to discuss the work that she is doing in Congress to combat the opioid epidemic.

During floor debate on the America COMPETES Act, Congresswoman Bourdeaux gave remarks on the importance of strengthening America’s critical supply chains and increasing our competitiveness on the global stage. Rep. Bourdeaux’s included legislation, the Supply CHAIN Act addresses the supply chain crisis and combat the shortages and inflation facing Americans. Watch it here.

Congresswoman Bourdeaux met with the Joint National Committee for Languages, which represents a national network of over 300,000 professionals working in the language field to discuss the power and promotion of multilingualism. 

Congresswoman Bourdeaux met with students from the Suwannee High School Key Club, a student-led international organization that encourages leadership through serving others.

Congresswoman Bourdeaux joined in introducing the bipartisan Medical and Health Stockpile Accountability Act, legislation that would establish a data system to find health supply chain shortages before they can become dangerous to patient care and our health care professionals.

Congresswoman Bourdeaux met with Jeff Schmitt, COO of KIK Consumer Products, a leading US manufacturer of products that help protect the health and wellness of their families, the cleanliness of their homes and pools, and the life of their automobiles. KIK has a Pool Care Center for excellence facility based in Lawrenceville.

As Congress gets closer to voting on the Water Research Development Act (WRDA), Congresswoman Bourdeaux met with Katherine Zitsch from the Atlanta Regional Commission and the Metropolitan North Georgia Water Planning District to discuss projects to be included in WRDA.

Congresswoman Bourdeaux met with leaders from the Iranian American community to discuss legislation pertaining to U.S.-Iran relations. 

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!

The Lilburn Police Department offered a free vaccination event on Friday from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. to provide first, second, or booster shots to help fight the spread of COVID-19.

Congresswoman Bourdeaux celebrated the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services announcement that Medicare beneficiaries starting in early spring will be covered for free over-the-counter COVID-19 tests. This coverage was previously reserved for those with private insurance and Congresswoman Bourdeaux wrote to Department of Health and Human Services Xavier Becerra demanding this be expanded to include Medicare recipients.

Free at-home COVID-19 tests continue to be available for home delivery at covidtests.gov. Order yours today!

This Week’s Votes

H.R. 5577 – To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 3900 Crown Road Southwest in Atlanta, Georgia, as the “John R. Lewis Post Office Building” (Rep. Williams (GA) – Oversight and Reform)

H.R. 4521 – America COMPETES Act of 2022 (Rep. Johnson (TX) – Science, Space, and Technology) 

This package makes bold investments in domestic research, innovation, and manufacturing to ensure that America remains competitive abroad.

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Looking Ahead

Next week Congress will be back in session and Rep. Bourdeaux will take votes on key legislation, including safeguarding LGBTQ+ rights and restoring access to justice for sexual assault survivors under the law.

More next week. Stay tuned!