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February 28, 2022

Congresswoman Bourdeaux Honors Black History Month, Outlines Legislative Action

WASHINGTON, DC — Today, Congresswoman Carolyn Bourdeaux (GA-07) announced a comprehensive legislative platform in honor of Black History Month outlining key legislation supporting the Black community in Georgia’s 7th Congressional District. Congresswoman Bourdeaux reaffirms her continued support for future legislation that protects civil rights, equitable access to education and health care, workplace rights, and criminal justice reform.

Congresswoman Carolyn Bourdeaux said, “Black History Month is an opportunity to celebrate the immense contributions of Black Americans. However, this celebration must always include action. I am committed to listening to the needs of the Black community in Georgia’s 7th Congressional District and translating our conversations into legislative action that advances justice and equity.

“Too often Black history is separated out or forgotten in America’s memory. Our district’s local history is no exception. The stories and lives of Black Americans must be front and center in legislation and will continue to be prioritized in my leadership for my district.”

2022 Black History Month Platform

  • Legislation Introduced
    • H.R. 4595, Medicaid Saves Lives Act: This bill would finally close the Medicaid coverage gap in states that have chosen not to expand Medicaid. In Georgia and nationally, 60 percent of the people affected by the Medicaid coverage gap are people of color, and nearly 50 percent are Black. This legislation would advance health equity and improve outcomes for patients in Georgia and non-expansion states. 
    • H. Res. 917, Resolution Commemorating Forsyth County Atrocities of 1912: This resolution recognizing the tragic history of Forsyth County’s 1912 racial cleansing, condemning the actions of the white supremacist mobs, honoring the victims of the attacks, and reaffirming the commitment of the United States Federal Government to combat White supremacy, and seek justice and reconciliation for the mistakes of its past, present, and future.
    • H.R. 6756, Workforce Opportunity for Returning Citizens (WORC) Act: This bill creates a grant program through the department of labor for skilled trades aimed for incarcerated or formerly incarcerated individuals and could help to address the effects of disproportionate incarceration rates of Black people.
  • Legislation Cosponsored
    • H.R. 40, Commission to Study and Develop Reparation Proposals for African Americans Act
    • H.R. 1348, To award a Congressional Gold Medal to the Freedom Riders, collectively, in recognition of their unique contribution to Civil Rights, which inspired a revolutionary movement for equality in interstate travel.
    • H.Res. 215, Recognizing the forthcoming centennial of the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre.
    • H.R. 1347, Eric Garner Excessive Use of Force Prevention Act of 2021
    • H.R. 1315, Restoring Access Through Identification Act
    • H.R. 1280, George Floyd Justice in Policing Act of 2021
    • H.R. 3617, Marijuana Opportunity Reinvestment and Expungement (MORE) Act of 2021
    • H.R. 55, Emmett Till Antilynching Act
    • H.R. 4, John R. Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act of 2021
    • H.R. 5905, Sgt. Isaac Woodard, Jr. and Sgt. Joseph H. Maddox GI Bill 

Restoration Act of 2021

  • H.Con.Res.13, Recognizing the difficult challenges Black veterans faced when returning home after serving in the Armed Forces, their heroic military sacrifices, and their patriotism in fighting for equal rights and for the dignity of a people and a Nation.
  • H.R. 729, Strength in Diversity Act of 2021
  • H.R. 959, Black Maternal Health Momnibus Act of 2021
  • H.R. 1842, Harriet Tubman Bicentennial Commemorative Coin Act
  • H.R. 3445, Jobs, On-the-Job ‘Earn-While-You-Learn’ Training, and Apprenticeships for Young African Americans Act

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Rep. Carolyn Bourdeaux lives with her family in Suwanee, Georgia, and represents Georgia’s 7th Congressional District in the 117th Congress. Carolyn is a strong advocate for affordable health care, and economic recovery that puts workers and small businesses first, and investing in her district’s world-class public education system and transportation infrastructure. 

Georgia’s fast-changing 7th Congressional District includes portions of the northeast Atlanta metropolitan area, including portions of Forsyth and Gwinnett counties and cities Peachtree Corners, Berkeley Lake, Sugar Hill, Norcross, Cumming, Lawrenceville, Duluth, Snellville, Lilburn, Suwanee, Grayson, and Buford.