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March 21, 2022

The Weekly Wrap-up

Week 11 (March 13)

Early this week, Congresswoman Carolyn Bourdeaux spoke at the Asian Justice Rally at the Georgia State Capitol and  Atlanta Korean American Committee Against Asian Hate’s ceremony to honor the eight lives stolen during the Atlanta Spa Shooting one year ago. The Congresswoman emphasized her commitment to working with local leaders to combat injustices against the AAPI community and move forward together to put a stop to hate, bigotry, and xenophobia in all forms. Congresswoman Bourdeaux introduced a resolution to reaffirm the House of Representatives’ commitment to combat anti-Asian hate and spoke on the House floor in remembrance of the victims.

On Tuesday, President Biden signed the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2022 into law, including the full $5.07 million for 10 community projects Congresswoman Bourdeaux secured for Gwinnett and Forsyth County. 

Congresswoman Bourdeaux was happy to share Temporary Protected Status has been granted to Afghan refugees after she advocated for this protection. This will help protect families who have fled the Taliban and humanitarian crises.

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On Equal Pay Day, Congresswoman Bourdeaux advocated for legislative action to close the gender pay gap, highlighting that on average Georgia women are paid $0.80 for every dollar that white men make. This pay disparity is even worse for Hispanic, Black, and AAPI women.

Congresswoman Bourdeaux commemorated the one-year anniversary of the Atlanta Spa Shooting, mourning with the Asian-American community in Atlanta. Eight lives were stolen during the mass shooting fueled by anti-Asian hate. 

The Congresswoman spoke at an Asian Justice Rally at the Georgia State Capitol with other local leaders to emphasize the need to break the silence and demand justice for Asian women. 

Later in the day, Congresswoman Bourdeaux spoke with the Atlanta Korean American Committee Against Asian Hate to underline collective efforts moving forward to combat hate violence. The Congresswoman is proud to have passed the COVID-19 Hate Crimes Act and a resolution honoring the eight victims as first steps toward justice.

The Congresswoman applauded a Department of Veterans Affairs’ recommendation for a  Veterans Affairs Medical Center (VAMC) in Gwinnett County based on the need for expanded veteran care. The announcement came in the VA’s Recommendations to the Asset and Infrastructure Review Commission report, which defined a robust plan to revitalize veterans’ health care in the GA07 region. 

Congresswoman Bourdeaux joined Axios for a roundtable discussion on voting rights, highlighting her efforts to combat local voter suppression tactics against communities of color, strategies to increase voter turnout, and the federal legislation she supports to protect the right to vote.

Congresswoman Bourdeaux shared that the Department of Homeland Security granted Temporary Protected Status (TPS) to Afghans in the United States. This is welcomed news after the Congresswoman advocated for this policy to help our Afghan allies find safety in our communities. 

Congresswoman Bourdeaux spoke with multiple community groups impacted by cancer including the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society on childhood cancer research and Fight Colorectal Cancer.

In addition, Congresswoman Bourdeaux met with constituent groups  on behalf of Georgia’s 7th District, including the Turkish American community, multiple members of the Sugar Hill Youth Council, representatives from the National Pest Management Association (NPMA), and Georgians from the National Multiple Sclerosis Society to discuss how to make prescription drug prices more affordable and accessible.

Congresswoman Bourdeaux helped pass the FAIR Act to end forced arbitration and support workers’ rights as well as the CROWN Act to protect against hair discrimination in the workplace.

This week, Congresswoman Bourdeaux wished all who are celebrating a Chag Purim Sameach, a very lucky St. Patrick’s Day, and a happy and colorful Holi!

On Saturday, Congresswoman Bourdeaux will address members of the New Mercies Church congregation in Lilburn to kick-off their Serve Gwinnett Day.

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!

After President Biden signed the historic Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2022, Congresswoman Bourdeaux shared some of the law’s crucial nationwide initiatives that will impact Georgia’s 7th District, including the largest Pell Grant increase in a decade, renewing the Violence Against Women’s Act, and securing a $281 million increase in USCIS funding to address the USCIS backlog. 

Congresswoman Bordeaux also showcased the $5.07 million dollars secured for GA07 community projects. These 10 transformative community projects will expand GA07’s education & mental health resources, revitalize affordable housing, improve transit planning, support families, and employ veterans!

This Week’s Votes

This week Congress voted on:

H.R. 3113 – Modernizing Access to Our Public Land Act, as amended (Rep. Moore (UT) – Natural Resources)

This bill directs the Department of the Interior, USDA Forest Service, and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to jointly develop and adopt interagency standards to ensure compatibility and interoperability among federal databases for the collection and dissemination of outdoor recreation data related to federal lands.

H.R. 5001 – Upper Colorado and San Juan River Basins Recovery Act, as amended (Rep. Neguse – Natural Resources)

This bill authorizes the Secretary of the Interior to continue to implement programs to promote the recovery of four threatened and endangered fish species in the Upper Colorado and San Juan River Basins. 

H.R. 3197 – Save the Liberty Theatre Act of 2021 (Rep. Johnson (LA) – Natural Resources)

This bill provides for a land conveyance to the City of Eunice, Louisiana, and directs the Secretary of the Interior to grant the City of Eunice full ownership of the Liberty Theatre property, and excludes the theater from the boundary of Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve.

H.R. 4380 – To designate the El Paso Community Healing Garden National Memorial, and for other purposes (Rep. Escobar – Natural Resources)

This bill designates the El Paso Community Healing Garden National Memorial at 6900 Delta Drive, El Paso, Texas.

H.R. 6434 – Japanese American WWII History Network (Rep. Obernolte – Natural Resource

This bill directs the Secretary of the Interior to establish the Japanese American World War II History Network, and authorizes the National Park Service to coordinate and facilitate federal and non-federal activities to commemorate, honor, and interpret the history of Japanese American incarceration during World War II and the people, resources, and events that commemorate that history across the nation.

H.R. 963 FAIR Act of 2022 (Rep. Johnson (GA) – Judiciary)

This bill would prohibit the enforcement of mandatory, pre-dispute arbitration (“forced arbitration”) provisions in contracts involving consumer, employment, antitrust, and civil rights disputes. This critically important measure would restore access to justice for millions of Americans who are currently stripped of their rights to seek justice and accountability and are forced to attempt to bring their cases against corporations in a private system of arbitration that systematically favors the company over the individual. In the 116th Congress, an identical piece of legislation was passed out of the House with bipartisan support.

H.R. 7108 – Suspending Normal Trade Relations with Russia and Belarus Act (Rep. Neal – Ways and Means)

This bill takes decisive action to respond to Russia’s continued unprovoked attacks on the people of Ukraine and to hold Belarus accountable for its support for Russia’s aggression. This legislation counters Russia’s unconscionable actions and Belarus’ complicity by suspending normal trade relations with Russia and Belarus.

H.R. 2116 – CROWN Act of 2022 (Rep. Watson Coleman – Judiciary)

This bill would explicitly prohibit discrimination on the basis of hair texture or hairstyles commonly associated with a particular race or national origin.  It would do so in areas of the law where discrimination on the basis of race or national origin is already prohibited, such as employment, education, public accommodations, federally-funded programs, housing, and the making and enforcement of contracts. 

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Congresswoman Bourdeaux’s second annual Jobs Fair is coming up next week on March 23 at the Gwinnett County Fairgrounds. There will be more than 60 businesses attending with more than 2,500 jobs open. 

More next week. Stay tuned!