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May 07, 2022

The Weekly Wrap-up

Week 18 (May 1)

This week, Congresswoman Carolyn Bourdeaux was delighted to be back in Georgia to deliver community project funds to the district and support a significant book donation program to Gwinnett County Public Schools to support young learners for whom Spanish is their first language. On Tuesday, Congresswoman Bourdeaux presented a check of $495,000 to Peachtree Corners’ Curiosity Lab supporting their innovation and research with Autonomous Vehicles and other smart technology. These funds are a part of the more than $5 million the Congresswoman delivered to the district through the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2022. 

Later in the week, Congresswoman Bourdeaux visited Graves Elementary School in Norcross to celebrate Preface Project’s donation of multilingual children’s books that will empower students from all backgrounds to learn. The donation will help expand access to learning and share the power of books in the native languages of the diverse student population. 

Late Monday night, a leaked draft opinion in the Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization case stated that the Supreme Court of the United States intends to overturn Roe v. Wade. Congresswoman Bourdeaux quickly responded to the news by emphasizing her strong support for a woman’s right to choose and her commitment to codifying Roe v. Wade in Congress.

This week was National Small Business Week! As a member of the House Committee on Small Business, Congresswoman Bourdeaux advocates for the long-term success of local entrepreneurs. From shopping small to connecting businesses to federal assistance, the Congresswoman emphasizes her continued commitment to the local small business community.

The Weekly Rundown

This past Saturday marked the 47th anniversary of Black April, the Fall of Saigon. Congresswoman Bourdeaux underlined her support for our Vietnamese American community as we continue to reflect on this tragic event’s lasting impact and importance in Vietnamese and American history. 

In the moments after Politico released a Supreme Court draft opinion overturning Roe V. Wade, Congresswoman Bourdeaux called on the Senate to follow the House’s lead and pass the Women’s Health Protection Act immediately. In the face of the court overturning protections to abortion, this legislation is vital to protect women’s right to reproductive health care.

On Monday, Congresswoman Bourdeaux wished all who celebrate in our Muslim community a Happy Eid al-Fitr.

In recognition of National Small Business Week, Congresswoman Bourdeaux highlighted small businesses she has met without in the district and emphasized all small businesses’ importance to our local economy. 

Congresswoman Bourdeaux encouraged people to “shop small” this week and emphasized her work in Congress to provide for the local small business community.

Congresswoman Bourdeaux delivered $495,000 to the Mobility Hub at Peachtree Corners’ Curiosity Lab. The Congresswoman was joined at the event by Mayor Mike Mason, members of the Peachtree Corners City Council. The funding will help unlock 21st-century economic opportunity in the community.

Congresswoman Bourdeaux began her celebration of Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month by honoring Congresswoman Judy Chu, the first Chinese American Woman elected to congress!

Congresswoman Bourdeaux met with constituents Kimberly Baker of Dacula, Kehinde Eddo of Duluth, and Michele Miles of Sugar Hill to discuss peer-reviewed cancer research programs related to brain cancer at the Department of Defense. 

Congresswoman Bourdeaux announced a $210 million investment from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law in Georgia’s clean transportation infrastructure. The funding will be delivered over five years through the U.S. Federal Highway Administration’s Carbon Reduction Program to invest in new public transit options that help combat climate change, boost the green economy, and ease Georgia traffic.

Congresswoman Bourdeaux thanked all of our incredible and influential teachers on National Teacher Appreciation Day. 

Congresswoman Bourdeaux shared the great news that U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services work permits facing expiration are now extended for a year and a half. This extension will help immigrants stuck in the USCIS backlog and supports access to job opportunities. 

Congresswoman Bourdeaux discussed improving services for those affected by speech, language and hearing disabilities with Akilah Heggs of Lawrenceville and the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. 

Congresswoman Bourdeaux visited Graves Elementary School to attend a book donation ceremony sponsored by the Preface Project. The organization partners with Gwinnett County Public Schools to help students learn to read and donate entire libraries of diverse and multilingual children’s books to elementary schools through their Legacy Gift Program.

Congresswoman Bourdeaux gave a shout out to Victoria Huynh, a tireless advocate for our community as the VP of the Center for Pan Asian Community Services and a member of the White House Initiative on Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders.

Congresswoman Bourdeaux sent her deepest condolences to Tiffany Porter’s family after the Gwinnett County tax commissioner passed away on Thursday. 

Congresswoman Bourdeaux highlighted that President and CEO of ICSC Tom McGee endorsed the Congresswoman’s GREATER Revitalization of Shopping Centers Act. This legislation would invest in redeveloping underused or abandoned malls. 

On Thursday, Congresswoman Bourdeaux wished everyone a happy Cinco de Mayo and recognized the heroism and triumph in Mexican history.

Congresswoman Bourdeaux called for climate change action as a heat wave lingers in South Asia. For the many community members with family in India and Pakistan, Congresswoman Bourdeaux is fighting for legislation that combats the threat of climate change.

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 announced her 15 new community project requests submitted to the House Appropriations Committee . 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 was excited to deliver Peachtree Corner’s Curiosity Lab their project funding in support of their innovation and research efforts. This funding will help the lab invest in new transit technologies that help connect communities and create economic growth.

At Graves Elementary School, Congresswoman Bourdeaux supported Preface Project’s donation of hundreds of multilingual books to help students’ from all backgrounds enjoy the power of books. The Congresswoman is committed to expanding access to education resources for children across the district. Her community project funding to Gwinnett County Public Schools’ Building Babies Brains and Ser Familias’ Center for Family and Emotional Support help support families and prioritize education growth to set-up our youngest for long-term success. She also is working to utilize the Library of Congress’s surplus books program to donate their surplus books to schools and educational institutions in the district.

Congratulations to a Norcross High School and University of Georgia alumnus, Jake Camarda on being drafted to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers! Congresswoman Bourdeaux wished Jake best of luck in the NFL.

This Week’s Votes

There were no votes this week, Congress will be back in session next week. 

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Looking Ahead

Next week, Congresswoman Bourdeaux is back in Washington! She will be joining her colleagues to hear from aerospace innovators on the future of flight in America. Congresswoman Bourdeaux looks forward to celebrating Mother’s Day on Sunday and hopes moms across Georgia enjoy the day with loved ones! 

More next week. Stay tuned!