Week 6 (February 6)
This week, Congresswoman Bourdeaux introduced a resolution condemning the 1912 racial cleansing of Forsyth County, in which white supremacist mobs lynched Rob Edwards, Ernest Knox, and Oscar Daniels and drove out over 1,100 Black residents from their homes and land. The resolution honors the victims and their descendants, supports the creation of a national day of remembrance for Black American victims of forced migrations in the U.S., and reaffirms the House of Representatives’ commitment to combating white supremacy. Rep. Bourdeaux led all 5 of her Democratic colleagues from Georgia in this effort.
Congresswoman Carolyn Bourdeaux also voted on key legislation including the the Postal Service Reform Act to address the USPS’s funding needs, the Ending Forced Arbitration of Sexual Assault and Sexual Harassment Act to allow sexual assault and harassment victims to seek justice in court, and the Global RESPECT Act, to prevent individuals who violate the human rights of LGBTQI people entry into the United States.
The Weekly Rundown
On National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, Congresswoman Bourdeaux emphasized the importance of destigmatizing HIV/AIDS, particularly for minority communities who bear the heaviest burden of the epidemic.
Congresswoman Bourdeaux voted for the passage of the Ending Forced Arbitration of Sexual Assault and Sexual Harassment Act to allow sexual assault and harassment survivors to seek justice in court.
Congresswoman Bourdeaux voted for the Further Additional Government Funding Act to extend government funding through March 11th and avert a government shutdown.
Congresswoman Bourdeaux called on President Trump to repeal former President Trump’s Dirty Water Rule and safeguard America’s waters. This letter was signed by 119 of her Democratic colleagues
Tuesday, February 8th was Congresswoman Bourdeaux’s husband Jeff’s birthday. Happy Birthday Jeff!
The National Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights gave Congresswoman Bourdeaux a 100% score for her congressional voting record!
On Safer Internet Day, Congresswoman Bourdeaux called on social media companies to be more mindful of their everyday influence on children and how dangerous content can impact mental health
The New Democrat Coalition had a meeting featuring special guests Washington State Governor Jay Inslee and Colorado Governor Jared Polis who discussed their ongoing covid response efforts in their states.
Congresswoman Bourdeaux continued her celebration of Black History Month by Honoring Ambassador Andrew Young and Beauty Baldwin. Andrew Young was a civil rights leader who served as the 55th mayor of Atlanta and as Ambassador to the United Nations. Beauty Baldwin became the first Black female superintendent in Georgia in 1984.
Congresswoman Bourdeaux spoke on the House Floor introducing her resolution condemning the 1912 racial cleansing of Forsyth County, Rep. Bourdeaux urged her colleagues in Congress to join her in honoring the victims and officially recognizing the violence by white supremacist mobs, which forced out nearly the entire Black population of Forsyth County.
Congresswoman Bourdeaux announced that Georgia will receive nearly $20 million in Fiscal Year 2022 to support efforts to expand EV charging across the state. These funds are a part of a total of $135 million over five years allotted to Georgia in the bipartisan infrastructure law.
Congresswoman Bourdeaux joined the Gwinnett Chamber’s Board of Directors meeting to discuss how she is supporting our district’s small businesses through her work in Congress.
Congresswoman Bourdeaux met with students and advisory board members of the Snellville Youth Commission, an organization made up of rising sophomores, juniors, and seniors who want to give back to their community.
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!
Congresswoman Bourdeaux’s reaffirmed her support for the Affordable Care Act and announced the marketplace delivered affordable coverage to 700,000 Georgians during the 2022 open enrollment period. This is a record-breaking number of Americans covered through healthcare.gov.
This Week’s Votes
This week Congress voted on:
This bill would allow sexual harassment and sexual assault survivors to elect to file a case in a court of law rather than be subject to mandatory, pre-dispute arbitration (“forced arbitration”) provisions in cases involving sexual harassment or sexual assault disputes. This important, bipartisan bill would restore access to justice for millions of survivors who are currently stripped of their rights to seek accountability and can only attempt to bring their cases against their abusers in a private system of arbitration that systematically disfavors survivors.
This bill would require the Administrator of the Office of Federal Procurement Policy to convene the Chief Acquisition Officers Council to identify and widely disseminate best practices in modernizing Federal contracting, including utilizing small businesses. In addition, it would require the Department of Homeland Security to develop guidance and training to improve procurement methods based on the experience of its Procurement Innovation Lab.
This bill addresses the urgent funding needs of the Postal Service and takes steps to improve its operational capacity. The bill requires the Postal Service to develop an online platform to improve transparency and promote on-time deliveries, requires the Postal Service to deliver six days per week, and requires future retirees who are eligible to enroll in Medicare Part B. The bill eliminates the requirement for the Postal Service to pre-fund retiree health benefits, saving it $27 billion over 10 years. The bill also increases the funding autonomy and control for the Postal Regulatory Commission and requires congressional reporting on Postal Service operations and financial performance. The bill will save the federal government nearly $1.5 billion over the next ten years, according to the Congressional Budget Office.
This continuing resolution will fund the government through March 11, 2022, averting the possibility of a government shutdown and allowing time to negotiate an omnibus appropriations bill for FY 2022.
S. 566 – To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 42 Main Street in Slatersville, Rhode Island, as the “Specialist Matthew R. Turcotte Post Office” (Sen. Reed – Oversight and Reform)
H.R. 2324 – To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 2800 South Adams Street in Tallahassee, Florida, as the “D. Edwina Stephens Post Office” (Rep. Lawson – Oversight and Reform)
H.R. 735 – To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 502 East Cotati Avenue in Cotati, California, as the “Arthur Luis Ibleto Post Office Building”, as amended (Rep. Thompson (CA) – Oversight and Reform)
This bipartisan bill would require the President to prevent individuals who violate the human rights of LGBTQI people from entry into the United States and would codify reporting on the human rights of LGBTQI persons.
H.R. 3539 – To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 223 West Chalan Santo Papa in Hagatna, Guam, as the “Atanasio Taitano Perez Post Office” (Rep. San Nicolas – Oversight and Reform)
H.R. 2842 – To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 120 4th Street in Petaluma, California, as the “Lynn C. Woolsey Post Office Building” (Rep. Huffman – Oversight and Reform)
Catch Us In The News
- Forsyth County News | Congresswoman Bourdeaux introduces a resolution honoring the victims of 3 lynchings and the forced migration of over 1,000 Black residents of Forsyth County in 1912.
- AJC | Congresswoman Bourdeaux supports the America COMPETES Act and her Supply CHAIN Act provisions within the bill.
What We’re Reading
- AJC | Gwinnett County Public Schools and Georgia Gwinnett College are partnering to bring students expanded programs, opportunities, and resources.
- Politico | Congresswoman Bourdeaux helps the House pass the bipartisan Postal Service Reforms Act to alleviate many of the USPS’s financial struggles and prepare them for future success.
- CNBC | The January jobs report shows the economy created 467,000 jobs in January and 6.6 million jobs since the Biden-Harris administration took office.
- The Washington Post | The National Archives ask the Justice Department to investigate President Trump’s handling of White House documents after records are found in boxes returned by the former president.
During next week’s District Work Week, Congresswoman Bourdeaux will be hard at work in GA-07 meeting with constituents and addressing issues in the community.
More next week. Stay tuned!