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April 03, 2022

The Weekly Wrap-up

Week 13 (March 27)

This week, Congresswoman Carolyn Bourdeaux celebrated the opening of The Water Tower’s newest facility in Buford. Congresswoman Bourdeaux delivered $310,000 in community project funding for their research to make Gwinnett County the national leader in water technology and help develop the workforce for the 21st century!

In Washington, Congresswoman Bourdeaux voted on key legislation to cap the out-of-pocket cost of insulin at $35 and combat unjust cannabis laws. Her parents personally struggled with the cost of insulin when her father suffered from a prolonged illness at the end of his life, and much of their savings went for medications including insulin. Millions of Americans pay hundreds of dollars too much each month for this life-saving medication. There is more to do to reduce the costs of medications, but this is at least a start!

Through President Joe Biden’s Budget, Congresswoman Bourdeaux delivered on top district priorities, including a $1.3 trillion reduction to the deficit, expanded investments in maternal health, affordable housing, workforce development, and college affordability. Additionally, the budget included Congresswoman Bourdeaux’s request for a major investment in improving our nation’s election systems.

Reminder – Congresswoman Bourdeaux is now accepting Fiscal Year 2023 appropriations requests. Cities, organizations, and institutions can use her online form to request funding for local projects and to request support for funding for existing federal programs. Community Project Funding requests must be submitted by April 13, 2022 and general appropriation requests must be submitted by April 20th, 2022 to be considered. 

The Weekly Rundown

Congresswoman Bourdeaux led a letter to congressional leadership to secure funding for the Health Resources Services Administration (HRSA) to reimburse public health centers who are treating those without health insurance.

This week, Congresswoman Bourdeaux met with constituents Dr. Sophia Khan and Urooj Zaidi to hear about the work COVID Care Georgia is doing with the help of HRSA funding to ensure that all Georgians, regardless of income, can access critical Covid-19 resources. 

Congresswoman Bourdeaux announced that President Biden’s final budget includes a crucial $10 billion to secure our elections with updated technology and security. In February, Congresswoman Bourdeaux urged President Biden include $5 billion to protect election security in his FY23 budget.

Many of Congresswoman Bourdeaux’s priorities for the local community were included in President Biden’s budget for Fiscal Year 2023. The President’s budget includes $470 million to expand maternal health, a 34% increase in funding for affordable housing, and $100 million for workforce development programs.

Congresswoman Carolyn Bourdeaux advocated to expand access to federal microloans for her district’s diverse small business community during a House Small Business Subcommittee hearing on Economic Growth, Tax, and Capital Access. 

Congresswoman Bourdeaux met with multiple representatives from the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, including Dr. Sehar Ali from Cumming, Georgia, to discuss long term solutions for maternal health and substance abuse disorders during pregnancy. 

Congresswoman Bourdeaux celebrated the one-year anniversary of her PPP Extension Act being signed into law. This legislation delivered billions in critical loans to help small businesses through the COVID-19 pandemic.

Congresswoman Bourdeaux shared her support for the thousands of government union workers in the  American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE)’s 5th District, including nurses, transit security and food inspectors who are so critical to our daily lives. The American Federation of Government Employees is the largest federal employee union proudly representing 700,000 federal government workers nationwide with more than 50,000 members in Georgia.  

Congresswoman Bourdeaux celebrated the ribbon cutting of The Water Tower’s first facility in Buford! Through over $300,000 in community project funding, Congresswoman Bourdeaux is fighting for The Water Tower to help Gwinnett County become a national water technology and innovation hub.

On National Vietnam Veterans Day, Congresswoman Bourdeaux recognized our veterans, Vietnamese allies, and their families for their bravery, service and sacrifice

On Wednesday, Congresswoman Bourdeaux advocated for her Supply CHAIN Act to secure our nation’s supply chains, prevent disruptions, and deliver goods and services to American businesses. The Supply CHAIN Act is included as one of the America COMPETES Act’s historic investments in our nation’s manufacturing capabilities.   

Congresswoman Bourdeaux also spoke in support of and helped pass the Affordable Insulin Now Act. The Affordable Insulin Now Act would require that insurers cap out-of-pocket insulin prices at $35 a month. 

Congresswoman Bourdeaux gave a shout out to the Trickum Middle School Tiger Bots for winning Georgia’s first ever Lego League State Championship. These impressive students now advance to the World Championships! Good Luck Team!

In welcomed news, Congresswoman Bourdeaux announced that $1.3 million was awarded to maintain and expand affordable health care in Norcross. A Department of Health and Human Services grant to Four Corners Primary Care Centers will support the critical safety net health services that they provide to our community.

Congresswoman Bourdeaux wrote to Attorney General Garland demanding the Justice Department take stronger action to protect the right to vote and provide more oversight of state election practices.

For Women’s History Month, Congresswoman Bourdeaux proudly sponsored the National History Month Resolution to honor women’s role in history and pay special tribute to the caregivers and frontline pandemic workers.

On Transgender Day of Visibility, Congresswoman Bourdeaux shared her support for the Georgia transgender community.

Congresswoman Bourdeaux wishes everyone in the district Ramadan Mubarak ahead of Ramadan beginning Saturday at sundown.

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 appropriations request form is live for Fiscal Year 2023. The Congresswoman looks forward to working with cities, organizations, and institutions on local funding requests.

For the first time since March of 2020, U.S. Capitol Tours are open! While spots are very limited, the Capitol is offering  tours each week between 10am and 1pm. Please call our office at 202-225-4272 if you would like to book a Capitol tour!

Congresswoman Bourdeaux is looking for a summer cohort of interns in her Lawrenceville District and Washington D.C. offices. You can send in an application, cover letter, and resume on her website. The last day to submit an application is April 10th! 

Reminder – the annual GA07 Congressional Art Competition is here! Congresswoman Bourdeaux invites all high school artists to showcase their talent and submit artwork through her online form. The deadline to submit is April 22!

This Week’s Votes

H.R. 1621 – Prohibiting Punishment of Acquitted Conduct Act of 2021 (Rep. Cohen – Judiciary)

The bill would prohibit federal judges from increasing sentences based on conduct for which a jury found a defendant not guilty, that a defendant did not plead guilty to, or that a defendant was not adjudicated guilty or responsible. Such conduct could only be considered as mitigation.

S. 3294 – To obtain and direct the placement in the Capitol or on the Capitol Grounds of a statue to honor Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States Sandra Day O’Connor and a statue to honor Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States Ruth Bader Ginsburg (Sen. Klobuchar – House Administration)

This directs the Joint Committee on the Library to obtain two statues, likenesses of the late SCOTUS Associate Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Sandra Day O’Connor for display in the Capitol or on the grounds

H.R. 6865 – Don Young Coast Guard Authorization Act of 2022, as amended (Rep. DeFazio – Transportation and Infrastructure)

This bill authorizes appropriations for various Coast Guard accounts for fiscal years 2022 and 2023. It also includes provisions to bolster shoreside infrastructure toward climate readiness, to improve maritime safety and oil spill response, to support gender, racial, and ethnic diversity within the Coast Guard, and to address incidents of sexual assault and sexual harassment within the maritime industry.

H.R. 2954 – Securing a Strong Retirement Act of 2022, as amended (Rep. Neal – Ways and Means)

This bill will help a greater number of Americans successfully save for a secure retirement by expanding coverage and increasing retirement savings. Building on the Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement (SECURE) Act of 2019, SECURE 2.0 would further improve workers’ long-term financial wellbeing. This comprehensive, bipartisan bill includes the Retirement Improvement and Savings Enhancement (RISE) Act, which the Education and Labor Committee approved by voice vote last fall.  The bill improves America’s retirement system so it better serves workers, employers, and retirees.  It does so by establishing an on-line, searchable database at the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) to help workers locate their retirement savings plans as they move from job to job; allowing 403(b) retirement plans to participate in multiple employer plans and pooled employer plans; allowing more part-time workers to join retirement savings plans; clarifying rules regarding the recovery of inadvertent overpayments to retirees to minimize hardships; enabling employers to provide small financial incentives to their employees to incentivize their participation in workplace retirement plans; requiring DOL to review the rules governing pension risk transfers; and simplifying and streamlining reporting and disclosure requirements related to retirement plans

S. 2629 – Better Cybercrime Metrics Act (Sen. Schatz – Judiciary)

This bill directs the Department of Justice and the National Academy of Sciences to work with relevant stakeholders to develop a taxonomy of cybercrime, directs the GAO to study reporting mechanisms on cybercrime, ensures that the National Incident-Based Reporting System and the Crime Victimization Survey collect data on cybercrime, and authorizes appropriations for these purposes.

H.R. 3359 – Homicide Victims’ Families’ Rights Act of 2021, as amended (Rep. Swalwell – Judiciary)

The bill would grant relatives of homicide victims the right under federal law to have their loved ones’ case files reviewed by the federal law enforcement agency with jurisdiction over their case, after three years of the case going cold.

H.R. 4738 – COVID-19 American History Project Act, as amended (Rep. Letlow – House Administration)

This bill establishes a publicly available COVID-19 history project in the Library of Congress’ American Folklife Center.

H.R. 5706 – Stop Sexual Assault and Harassment in Transportation Act (Rep. DeFazio – Transportation and Infrastructure)

This bill seeks to protect personnel and passengers during passenger transportation by air, motor carrier, commuter and intercity rail, transit, vessel, and rideshare from sexual assault and harassment, and to improve the response to and facilitate the reporting of such incidents

S. 400 – William T. Coleman, Jr. and Norman Y. Mineta Department of Transportation Headquarters Act, as amended (Sen. Wicker – Transportation and Infrastructure)

This bill names the Department of Transportation headquarters building in Washington, D.C. the “William T. Coleman, Jr. and Norman Y. Mineta Federal Building.”

H.R. 5343 – FEMA Caseworker Accountability Act, as amended (Rep. Rice (SC) – Transportation and Infrastructure)

This directs the Joint Committee on the Library to obtain two statues, likenesses of the late SCOTUS This bill directs the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to provide a report to Congress regarding disaster case management staff turnover and any agency plans designed to reduce such turnover.

H.R. 5547 – CEDS Act, as amended (Rep. Williams (GA) – Transportation and Infrastructure)

This bill instructs Economic Development Districts to consider the access and availability of affordable care-based services in the development of their Comprehensive Economic Development Strategies.

S. 2938 – To designate the United States Courthouse and Federal Building located at 111 North Adams Street in Tallahassee, Florida, as the “Joseph Woodrow Hatchett United States Courthouse and Federal Building”, and for other purposes (Sen. Rubio – Transportation and 

S. 1226 – To designate the United States courthouse located at 1501 North 6th Street in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, as the “Sylvia H. Rambo United States Courthouse”, and for other purposes (Sen. Casey – Transportation and Infrastructure)

S. 233 – Donna M. Doss Memorial Act of 2021 (Sen. Cornyn – Transportation and Infrastructure)

This bill designates the Rocksprings Station of the U.S. Border Patrol located on West Main Street in Rocksprings, Texas, as the “Donna M. Doss Border Patrol Station.”

S. 2126 – To designate the Federal Office Building located at 308 W. 21st Street in Cheyenne, Wyoming, as the “Louisa Swain Federal Office Building”, and for other purposes (Sen. Lummis – Transportation and Infrastructure)

H.R. 6833 – Affordable Insulin Now Act (Rep. Craig – Energy and Commerce)

This bill caps out-of-pocket costs for insulin at no more than $35 per month in Medicare Part D and commercial health insurance.

H.R. 3617 – MORE Act (Rep. Nadler – Judiciary)

This bill decriminalizes marijuana at the federal level by removing it from the Controlled Substances Act. The bill requires federal courts to expunge prior marijuana-related convictions and arrests and authorizes the assessment of a 5% sales tax on marijuana and marijuana products to create an Opportunity Trust Fund. The bill also establishes a Cannabis Justice Office within the Department of Justice to administer the Community Reinvestment Grant Program to support individuals who have been adversely affected by the war on drugs. In addition, the bill includes two programs administered by the Small Business Administration to provide assistance to socially and economically disadvantaged small business owners and minimize barriers to marijuana licensing and employment.  The same bill passed the House in 2020 during the 116th Congress.

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Looking Ahead

Congresswoman Bourdeaux returns to Washington next week and will consider legislation on COVID relief as we turn the corner on the pandemic. The House and Senate will continue negotiating the United States Innovation and Competition Act of 2021, including Congresswoman Bourdeaux’s Supply CHAIN Act and the Senate will move forward with the nomination of Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson to the United States Supreme Court.

More next week. Stay tuned!