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March 14, 2022

The Weekly Wrap-up

Week 10 (March 6)

This week, Congresswoman Carolyn Bourdeaux returned to Washington to vote on the  Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2022 delivering $5.07 million directly to GA-07 as all ten of her Community Project Funding requests for Gwinnett and Forsyth Counties were successfully funded in the bill. 

These ten GA-07 projects will help employ veterans, expand early-learning in underinvested communities, promote transportation & infrastructure planning, support minority businesses, increase investment in local schools, and so much more. This legislation also provides key investments for college affordability, helps address the USCIS immigration backlog, and fully funds the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law.

Congresswoman Bourdeaux also held her first Telephone Town Hall of 2022 to speak directly with constituents about her work to reduce health care costs, her upcoming Jobs Fair at the Gwinnett County Fairgrounds, and working to address supply chain disruptions amidst rising inflation. She was grateful to all who tuned in and asked questions, and looks forward to hosting another soon.

The Weekly Rundown

To start the week, Congresswoman Bourdeaux shared President Biden’s new Covid-19 preparedness plan and reminded everyone to continue our progress in fighting the pandemic by getting vaxxed and boosted!

On the 57th anniversary of Bloody Sunday in Selma, Alabama, Congresswoman Bourdeaux honored the brave men and women who were attacked for demanding this nation deliver civil rights for Black Americans.

Congresswoman Bourdeaux hosted a Telephone Town Hall, answering questions directly from callers and highlighting her current efforts to support Ukraine, combat inflation, and delivering funds for local transportation & infrastructure projects.  

Congresswoman Bourdeaux called for legislation to ban Russian energy imports and later in the week helped pass the Suspending Energy Imports from Russia Act, which does just that while limiting the impacts of these actions on our own economies.

Congresswoman Bourdeaux highlighted the impact of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law helping pave the way for Georgia’s 7th District becoming a leader in electrical vehicles and the 21st century economy. 

Congresswoman Bourdeaux spoke with various groups advocating for the health and well-being of the GA-07 community, including Bobbie Menneg, a survivor of Ovarian Cancer and an advocate for the Ovarian Cancer Research Alliance, Jack Crawford of the Georgia School Nutrition Association (GSNA) who discussed federal child nutrition waivers, delegates from the National Association of Health Underwriters (NAHU), and Georgians from multiple local diapers banks who support local families.

On International Women’s Day, Congresswoman Bourdeaux celebrated the many inspirational and powerful women close to us and across the world.

Congresswoman Bourdeaux continued to meet with community groups, including representatives from L3Harris, a major aerospace and defense technology company that employs almost 400 people in District 7 and Georgia Press Association President, Mike Gebhart on supporting local journalism and delivering news to our local Georgia communities. 

On Asian American/Pacific Islander (AAPI) Equal Pay Day, Congresswoman Bourdeaux supported passing legislation to address wage gaps by highlighting the injustice that AAPI women earn 85 cents of every dollar made by a white male. 

Congresswoman Bourdeaux announced the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law’s funding to the Federal Transit Administration’s Low/No Emission Program and Grants for Buses & Bus Facilities Program. The Congresswoman previously supported the Atlanta-Region Transit Link Authority’s successful application to the Low/No Program for electric buses to increase job opportunities and reduce noise and pollution.

The Congresswoman held a meeting with representatives from the Surfrider Foundation, a grassroots non-profit environmental organization dedicated to the protection and enjoyment of our ocean, waves and beaches for all people. 

Congresswoman Bourdeaux commemorated the American Rescue Plan becoming law on March 11, one-year ago. This essential legislation helped us turn a corner in our COVID-19 response, helped us weather the public health and economic crisis, and accelerated recovery. 

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 was excited to announce that all 10 Community Projects Funding requests for GA-07 were included in the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2022. More than $5 million dollars will be going to Gwinnett and Forsyth County organizations, nonprofits, and local governments. The funds are directed at critical community needs and innovation, including increasing affordable housing and educational services, supporting diverse small business owners,  transportation & infrastructure planning, mental health services, and employment opportunities for veterans. 

This Week’s Votes

This week Congress voted on:

H.R. 5616 – DHS Basic Training Accreditation Improvement Act of 2021, as amended (Rep. Demings – Homeland Security)

This bill would require the Secretary of Homeland Security to report to Congress on the accreditation status of each of the Department’s basic training programs until all such programs achieve accreditation. For those programs that are not accredited, the Secretary must provide the reasons for not obtaining or maintaining accreditation, the activities taken, if any, to achieve accreditation, and the anticipated timeline for accreditation of the program. This bill also requires the Under Secretary for Science and Technology to conduct research for the purpose of enhancing access to training offered by the Federal Law Enforcement Training Centers to State, local, Tribal, and territorial law enforcement agencies. 

S. 658 – National Cybersecurity Preparedness Consortium Act of 2021, as amended (Sen. Cornyn – Homeland Security)

This bill authorizes DHS to partner with one or more consortia of primarily nonprofit entities to assist in providing services, education, and training in support of cybersecurity preparedness for State, local, tribal, and territorial governments. The bill reflects an amendment by Chairman Thompson in committee that directs DHS to consider prior experience in providing cybersecurity training, education, and exercises for State and local governments, the geographic diversity of the members of the consortium to maximize coverage of the U.S., and the participation of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU), minority serving institutions (MSI), and community colleges when selecting the consortium. It further directs DHS to engage in outreach to universities and colleges about opportunities to participate in the program, particularly HBCUs, MSIs, and community colleges. 

H.Con.Res. 70 – Condemning threats of violence against historically Black colleges and universities (“HBCUs”) and reaffirming support for HBCUs and their students, as amended (Rep. Adams – Education and Labor)

This bill condemns threats of violence against Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and expresses support for HBCUs and their students.

H.R. 5681 – Shadow Wolves Enhancement Act (Rep. Katko – Homeland Security)

This bill would reclassify Shadow Wolves officers, Native American officers who serve in an Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations tactical patrol unit in the Tohono O’odham Nation, as Special Agents upon completion of special agent training requirements. Reclassifying Shadow Wolves officers as Special Agents would allow for upward mobility of Shadow Wolves personnel and would improve pay equity and opportunity. Given current limitations on pay, mobility and opportunity, ICE is not hiring new Shadow Wolves for the program. Finally, H.R. 5681 directs the Secretary of Homeland Security to develop a strategy for retaining and recruiting Shadow Wolves officers, as well as expanding Native American tracking units along land borders with the approval of appropriate Tribal governments. The bill requires GAO to issue a report assessing the Department’s strategy to enhance the Shadow Wolves program and recommend improvements to that plan.

Senate Amendment to H.R. 2471 – Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2022

This bill provides $1.5 trillion in discretionary resources across the 12 fiscal year 2022 appropriations bills, including $730 billion in non-defense funding, a $46 billion increase over fiscal year 2021. 

H.R. 6968 – Suspending Energy Imports from Russia Act

This bill bans the import of Russian oil and energy products to the United States. It also amends and reauthorizes the Global Magnitsky Act to strengthen human rights protections and allow the President to impose targeted sanctions in the case of serious human rights abuses. Along with banning the import of Russian oil, this piece of legislation directs the United States Trade Representative to encourage members of the World Trade Organization to suspend trade with Russia. 

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Looking Ahead

Next week Congresswoman Bourdeaux will honor the victims of the 2021 Atlanta spa shootings, an act of anti-Asian hate violence that stole eight lives from our community. She will also return to DC for votes on legislation to restore consumers and workers of their right to go to court. 

More next week. Stay tuned!