Skip to Main

April 29, 2022

The Weekly Wrap-up

Week 17 (April 24)

This week, Congresswoman Carolyn Bourdeaux urged congressional leadership to protect Georgians by finally closing the Medicaid coverage gap. In a letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, Congresswoman Bourdeaux emphasized the need for a permanent and comprehensive fix for the Medicaid coverage gap in non-expansion states like Georgia. Closing the coverage gap would provide health care and assist the lives of the most vulnerable in our community. Congresswoman Bourdeaux led 31 colleagues in sending this letter, including Senators Rev. Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff.

Continuing her calls for increased investment in our nation’s election infrastructure, Congresswoman Bourdeaux sent a letter to the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Financial Services and General Government requesting $5 billion in election security funding for the coming year. She was joined by Congressmen Colin Allred, Tom O’Halleran, and 30 colleagues.

Last week Congresswoman Bourdeaux sounded the alarm about a critical error hindering automatic voter registration at the Georgia Department of Driver Services. This week State officials announced the error had been resolved and effective automatic voter registration was again available to Georgians.

Also this week, Congresswoman Bourdeaux also requested $15 million for 13 new community projects. This funding would provide a special collection focused on African-American history as part of the renovation of the Hooper-Renwick school, support new mothers, expand mental health services, improve workforce development, repair and replace water infrastructure, invest in transit projects, and much more.

The Weekly Rundown

In March, Congresswoman Bourdeaux sent a letter to congressional leadership warning about the consequences of not funding Health Resources Services Administration’s COVID-19 Uninsured Program. 

Congresswoman Bourdeaux re-emphasized her demands to expand the HRSA’s COVID-19 Uninsured Program and expand Medicaid in response to Covid care centers closing without enough funding. These programs provide critical medical care, including free testing and vaccines, for our most vulnerable communities.

Congresswoman Bourdeaux led 31 colleagues in a letter urging congressional leadership to close the Medicaid coverage gap and provide millions of Americans access to affordable health care coverage.

Congresswoman Bourdeaux defended Georgians’ right to vote and called for $5 billion in election security funding to be distributed as grants to states and local governments.

Congresswoman Bourdeaux thanked Nick Masino, President and CEO of the Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce, for endorsing her Workforce Opportunity for Returning Citizens (WORC) Act. 

Congresswoman Bourdeaux led a letter to congressional leadership, urging them to close the Medicaid coverage gap. The Congresswoman highlighted that the time to close the coverage gap is now as Georgia is one of twelve states leaving millions of Americans behind without access to affordable healthcare. 

Congresswoman Bourdeaux met with constituent Jeff Alexander with Navy League of the United States, Atlanta Metropolitan Council to discuss maritime services and priorities for the Navy, Marine Corps, Coast Guard, and Merchant Marines. 

Congresswoman Bourdeaux thanked Jennifer Duenas of Environment Georgia for supporting the Congresswoman’s Chattahoochee River Act. The bill would not only provide beautiful scenery, but would also provide clean drinking water, power, and jobs to our community. 

Congresswoman Bourdeaux talked with representatives from the Water Quality Association, including Mark Brotman of Kinetico Incorporated in Suwanee, about legislation that would provide healthy drinking water and filtration technology to rural communities.

Congresswoman Bourdeaux sent a letter to Senate leadership urging them to pass Congresswoman Lauren Underwood’s Black Maternal Health Momnibus Act of 2021 and secure vital maternal health investments. 

On Yom HaShoah, Congresswoman Bourdeaux remembered the lives taken during the Holocaust. Their stories, their suffering, and their courage live on in our memories and in their honor we renew our commitment to relieve suffering and pursue justice.

During a House Committee on Small Business hearing, Congresswoman Bourdeaux supported additional funding in the President’s budget for the Small Business Administration to bring in more community-based lenders and assist more small businesses. 

Congresswoman Bourdeaux supported the Department of Veterans Affairs’s decision to expand their list of presumed service-connected disabilities caused by toxic exposure. Congresswoman voted for the Honoring our Pact Act to expand care access for veterans exposed to toxic substances.

Congresswoman Bourdeaux met with members of the American Podiatric Association, including Barney Greenberg of Cumming, to hear about legislation that could boost health and well-being. 

Congresswoman Bourdeaux discussed immigration reforms and ensuring a timely and fair process for all immigrants with Bhavya Chaudhary of Norcorss, Eli Echols of Duluth and Jorge Gavilanes of Cumming. 

Congresswoman Bourdeaux congratulated Georgia Tech for their impressive win at this year’s U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon. 

Congresswoman Bourdeaux spoke with Dr. Keri Riddick of Norcross and the American Veterinary Medical Association to review legislation that could increase veterinarian access in rural communities. 

Congresswoman Bourdeaux heard about the distinctive philosophy and practice of osteopathic medicine with Kristina Carlson of Lawrenceville and Fayhaa Doja of Cumming, two members of the American Osteopathic Association. 

Congresswoman Bourdeaux addressed alumni and current students from University of Georgia’s School of Public Affairs at their D.C. alumni reception. She included her gratitude for having multiple UGA alumni on her DC and Lawrenceville staff.

Congresswoman Bourdeaux discussed disaster insurance and supporting small businesses with the Independent Insurance Agents of Georgia. 

Congresswoman Bourdeaux spoke with Michele, Steven, and Joshua Miles of Buford to discuss how we can do more to help childhood cancer research and initiatives. 

Congresswoman Bourdeaux met with the Georgia Environmental Finance Authority (GEFA) to discuss clean drinking water initiatives and weatherization assistance programs. 

On Workers Memorial Day, Congresswoman Bourdeaux remembered those lost or injured on the job and emphasized her efforts to ensure workers across the nation have fair and safe working conditions.

Last week, Congresswoman Bourdeaux sounded the alarm about a critical error hindering automatic voter registration at the Georgia Department of Driver Services. This week State officials announced the error had been resolved and effective automatic voter registration was again available to Georgians.

For the final vote of the week, Congresswoman Bourdeaux helped pass the Ukraine Democracy Defense Lend-Lease Act of 2022. The bill expedited U.S. assistance for Ukraine against Russian attacks and war crimes.

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!

This week, Congresswoman Bourdeaux announced 15 local projects which will be submitted to the House Appropriations Committee for funding. The projects will invest in key services and parts of our community that will help our families thrive. Last year, Congresswoman Bourdeaux secured more than $5 million for all 10 of her community project requests for the district. 

Congresswoman Bourdeaux celebrated sending the first group from GA-07 on a White House tour! While slots are limited, you can set-up a U.S. Capitol or White House tour on our website or by giving the office a call.

This Week’s Votes

H.R. 7314 – AXIS Act, as amended (Rep. Barr – Foreign Affairs)

This resolution implores Russia to present credible evidence of wrongdoing against U.S. citizen Paul Whelan or immediately release him. It also demands Russia provide unrestricted consular access to Whelan and to ensure that he and all other political prisoners are afforded due process and universally recognized human rights.

H.R. 7372 – Protecting Semiconductor Supply Chain Materials from Authoritarians Act (Rep. Titus – Foreign Affairs)

The bill directs the President to create a working group to address semiconductor-related shortfalls that have arisen out of Russia’ s invasion of Ukraine, and to consider other potential geopolitical events that could impact the semiconductor supply chain.

H.R. 496 –Ukraine Religious Freedom Support Act, as amended (Rep. Wilson (SC) – Foreign Affairs)

The bill states it is the policy of the United States to never recognize attempted annexation of Crimea by Russia or the separation of any portion of Ukrainian territory through the use of military force.  It also declares it the policy of the United States to deny visas to any official of the Russian government responsible for severe violations of religious freedom in Ukraine. This includes on any territory Russia occupies or controls even through non-state armed groups or entities.

H.R. 6930 – Asset Seizure for Ukraine Reconstruction Act, as amended (Rep. Malinowski – Foreign Affairs)

This bill expresses the sense of Congress that the President should confiscate any property or accounts subject to the jurisdiction of the U.S. valued over $2 million and belonging to Russian energy companies or to foreign persons whose wealth is derived in part through corruption linked to or political support of President Putin and that such interest or property should be held, used, administered, liquidated, or sold for the benefit of the people of Ukraine. The bill would also require the President to create an interagency working group to determine the constitutional mechanisms through which this could be achieved.

 H.R. 923 – Georgia Support Act, as amended (Rep. Connolly – Foreign Affairs)

This bill would advance US-Georgia relations, as well as security and diplomatic cooperation, hold Russia and Russian-aligned actors accountable for abuses committed in occupied Georgian territory, and require the State Department to draft strategies and to conduct a number of important assessments for the US-Georgia relationship.

H.Res. 833 – Expressing Support for Moldova’s democracy, independence, and territorial integrity and strengthening United States and Moldova relations, as amended (Rep. Price – Foreign Affairs)

The resolution sends an important signal to strengthen US-Moldova relations, and to support stronger ties between Moldova and the EU. It supports Moldova’s and the new Moldovan government’s democratic progress and progress in countering corruption, thanks Moldova for its generous efforts to take in refugees fleeing the war in Ukraine, and reaffirms support for Moldova’s sovereignty and territorial integrity against Russian aggression. It highlights Russian aggression in Transnistria, and expresses support for the 5+2 format for resolving the conflict with Russian-backed separatist forces in that region.

H.R. 3344 – Transatlantic Telecommunications Security Act, as amended (Rep. Kaptur – Foreign Affairs)

The bill broadens the scope of the International Development Finance Corporation’s authority to work to remove telecommunications equipment made by Huawei and ZTE, two companies closely associated with the PRC government. It preferences projects based in Ukraine, and includes an authorization to require the State Department to name someone to lead American efforts in upcoming ITU elections.

H.R. 7311 – Countering Malign Russian Activities in Africa Act, as amended (Rep. Meeks – Foreign Affairs)

This bill calls on the State Department, in consultation with other federal departments and agencies, to submit to Congress a strategy and annual reports on Russia’s activities in Africa that undermine U.S. interests, including efforts to derail democratic processes and extract minerals and other resources that help Russia evade sanctions and raise funds. It also requires the State Department to identify African governments and Russian government officials who have facilitated payments and other prohibited activities that benefit U.S. – sanctioned individuals linked to Russia.

 H.R. 4133 – Caribbean Basin Security Initiative Authorization Act (Rep. Espaillat – Foreign Affairs)

This bill authorizes appropriations over the next four years for the Caribbean Basin Security Initiative to enhance the United States-Caribbean security partnership, prioritize disaster resilience, promote civilian safety, security, and the rule of law in the region by enhancing law enforcement and military capabilities, strengthening strategic cooperation, and bolstering local justice systems and institutions.

 H.R. 6089 – Stop Iranian Drones Act, as amended (Rep. McCaul – Foreign Affairs)

This bill clarifies that existing conventional weapons sanctions against Iran include unmanned combat aerial vehicles; brings U.S. Code up to date with the UN’s categories of major conventional arms; and states that it is US policy to prevent Iran and Iranian-aligned groups from acquiring UAVs, including commercially available component parts, that can be used in attacks against United States persons and partner nations.   

H.R. 4693 – Global Malnutrition Prevention and Treatment Act of 2021 (Rep. McCaul – Foreign Affairs)

This bill directs the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) to leverage resources to prevent and treat malnutrition consistent with the Global Nutrition Coordination Plan. This bill also establishes the Nutrition Leadership Council to identify target countries for malnutrition prevention and treatment programming and requires USAID to submit to Congress an implementation plan for addressing food insecurity.

 S. 812 – To direct the Secretary of State to develop a strategy to regain observer status for Taiwan in the World Health Organization, and for other purposes (Sen. Menendez – Foreign Affairs)

This bill directs State to include additional information in its annual report to Congress concerning Taiwan’s participation at the World Health Organization’s World Health Assembly (WHA) as an observer. The report shall describe changes and improvements to State plan to support Taiwan’s observer status at the WHA following any meetings at which Taiwan did not participate under such status.

Catch Us In The News

What We’re Reading

Looking Ahead

Next week, Congresswoman Bourdeaux is back in Georgia for a District Work Period. She looks forward to celebrating the beginning of Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month on Sunday and to delivering the Peachtree Corners Curiosity Lab $495,000 in Community Project Funding!

More next week. Stay tuned!