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May 14, 2022

The Weekly Wrap-up

Week 19 (May 8)

This week, Congresswoman Carolyn Bourdeaux called on the Senate to end the filibuster and pass the Women’s Health Protection Act to codify Roe v. Wade. In a letter to Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, she emphasized the importance of safe abortion access and defending women’s reproductive health care. On Wednesday, Congresswoman Bourdeaux promised to keep fighting for a woman’s right to choose after the U.S. Senate failed to pass the Women’s Health Protection Act.

Congresswoman Bourdeaux defended current access to affordable reproductive health care with a letter to the Center for Medicaid Services (CMS) Administrator Brooks-LaSure. As a strong proponent of the Medicaid Program, the Congresswoman called on CMS to enforce Medicaid’s free choice of provider requirement which gives all Medicaid recipients the right to choose their health care provider for sexual and reproductive healthcare. Some states have refused to accept Planned Parenthood as a valid provider, breaking CMS’s rule, and blocking safe and affordable reproductive care access.

Additionally, Congresswoman Bourdeaux helped pass legislation this week to supply additional assistance to Ukraine and help defend democracy against Russia’s unprovoked attack.

The Weekly Rundown

On Sunday, Congresswoman Bourdeaux celebrated Mother’s Day and the strength, care and leadership of motherhood. She hopes everyone had a wonderful day celebrating the amazing moms in their life!

On the anniversary of VE Day, Congresswoman Bourdeaux recognized all the soldiers and civilians who stood up against hate and fought for freedom during World War II. 

May is Mental Health Awareness Month! Congresswoman Bourdeaux recognized this month as an opportunity to start a conversation, share your support with a loved one, and end a dangerous cycle of silence around mental health.

On the anniversary of the Federal Drug Administration approving the first birth control pill in 1960, Congresswoman Bourdeaux emphasized how integral contraception is to women’s health care and committed to defending access to ireproductive health care against recent attacks.

During National Police Week, Congresswoman Bourdeaux recognized our local officers and remembered those lost in the line of duty.

Congresswoman Bourdeaux met with the Georgia chapter of the Jewish Democratic Council of America to discuss policy related to Jewish community values and engagement. 

Congresswoman Bourdeaux will always stand up for abortion rights across the country. Last year, Congresswoman Bourdeaux helped pass the Women’s Health Protection Act and urged the Senate to do the same to codify Roe v. Wade. 

This week, Congresswoman Bourdeaux called on the Senate to end the filibuster and pass the Women’s Health Protection Act in a formal letter to Majority Leader Chuck Schumer. 

After the Women’s Health and Protection Act failed in the Senate, Congresswoman Bourdeaux highlighted how she will not back down in defending reproductive health care rights. 

Congresswoman Bourdeaux called on the Center for Medicare Services to enforce Medicaid’s Free Choice of provider requirement in a letter to CMS Administrator Brooks-LaSure. The letter demanded CMS address states who are not complying with this requirement and blocking care access at Planned Parenthood health centers.

During Jewish American Heritage Month, Congresswoman Bourdeaux honored the vast contributions and strength of our Jewish Community, and the responsibility to keep combating anti-semitism in all forms. 

On World Lupus Day, Congresswoman Bourdeaux emphasized her support for Lupus research and efforts to expand public awareness and access to care

As Asian American American and Pacific Islander Month continues, Congresswoman Bourdeaux recognized Gwinnett County Commissioner Ben Ku for his deep commitment to bringing in a new era of equity, inclusivity, and innovation to Gwinnett and Ambassador Katherine Tai, the first woman of color to serve as the U.S. Trade Representative.

Congresswoman Bourdeaux congratulated Georgia’s own Dr. Lisa Cook on her historic confirmation as the first Black woman on the Federal Reserve Board. 

During National Nurses Week, Congresswoman Bourdeaux celebrated our wonderful nurses and their commitment to public health. We thank them for all their bravery on the front lines of the pandemic!

Congresswoman Bourdeaux highlighted her unwavering support for the Ukrainian people and voted to send additional emergency assistance to Ukraine

During Women’s Health Week, Congresswoman Bourdeaux reemphasized her commitment to ending the Black maternal health crisis, expanding abortion access, increasing access to care for women veterans, and more.

Congresswoman Bourdeaux celebrated green jobs and tech innovation coming to Georgia after Hyundai Motor announced a new EV plant near Savannah. The Congresswoman is excited to keep working to make Georgia the tech leader in the 21st-century economy.  

Congresswoman Bourdeaux re-emphasized her demands to Governor Kemp on ensuring eligible voters are able to access the ballot box. This comes after a report of over 13,609 registrations in Forsyth County being challenged as early-voting continues.

Georgia to Washington, DC 

Congresswoman Bourdeaux and her staff are hard at work for the committee. Here’s what her team is getting done for Georgia’s 7th Congressional District!

Congresswoman Bourdeaux announced the American Rescue Plan is delivering a $100,000 grant to help AmeriCorps Seniors and the Self-Discovery PPP Inc. serve our district’s veterans. The Congresswoman helped pass the American Rescue Plan in 2021. 

Congresswoman Bourdeaux also shared that Atlanta’s Warrior Alliance was awarded $430,000 to help local veterans find work and support military families. The funding comes from the Homeless Veterans’ Reintegration Program at the Department of Labor.

Congresswoman Bourdeaux highlighted a message from a constituent who the office helped connect with the SBA EIDL Program. The Congresswoman and her staff have assisted numerous businesses receive SBA loans as they recover from the Covid-19 pandemic. Reach out at bourdeaux.house.gov if you need federal assistance!

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.

This week marked the last days of work for the Spring interns in the Washington D.C. office! Congresswoman Bourdeaux thanks the Spring cohort for their amazing work and encourages more students to apply to an internship in Washington or Georgia in the future. While the Summer group has been selected, information on the Fall internship will be available on bourdeaux.house.gov.

This Week’s Votes

H.R. 2499 – Federal Firefighters Fairness Act of 2022 (Rep. Carbajal – Education and Labor) 

This bill improves access to injury and illness benefits for federal firefighters. This bill provides a list of diseases for which an automatic presumption of work-related illness would apply if the firefighter has had 5 years of fire protection employment and directs the Secretary of Labor to inform any federal firefighter submitting a FECA claim about the opportunity to participate in the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health’s National Firefighter Registry Program.

H.R. 847 – Promoting Digital Privacy Technologies Act, as amended (Rep. Stevens – Science, Space, and Technology) 

The purpose of the bill is to support research on privacy enhancing technologies and promote responsible data use.

 H.R. 5324 – NWR Modernization Act of 2021, as amended (Rep. Bice – Science, Space, and Technology

The purpose of the bill is to expand coverage and increase reliability of the NOAA Weather Radio (NWR) by upgrading technologies and increasing the number of transmitters leading to modernization of the NOAA Weather Radio for the 21st Century.

S. 66 – South Florida Clean Coastal Waters Act of 2021 (Sen. Rubio – Science, Space, and Technology) 

The purpose of the bill is to require the Interagency Task Force on Harmful Algal Blooms (HABs) and Hypoxia to produce an integrated assessment and action plan on HABs and hypoxia in South Florida.

H.R. 7077 – Empowering the U.S. Fire Administration Act, as amended (Rep. Torres (NY) – Science, Space, and Technology) 

The purpose of the bill is to authorize the USFA Administrator to send incident investigators, including safety specialists; fire protection engineers; codes and standards experts; researchers; and fire training specialists, to the site of a major fire to conduct investigations in collaboration with Federal, State, and local authorities.

 H.R. 1437 – PRECIP Act, as amended (Rep. Sherrill – Science, Space, and Technology)

The purpose of the bill is to direct the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to support a study to understand best practices to support precipitation estimation, to regularly update out-of-date precipitation data in the U.S., and authorize funding for the study and for the precipitation estimates outlined in this bill.

S. 1872 – United States Army Rangers Veterans of World War II Congressional Gold Medal Act (Sen. Ernst – Financial Services) 

This bill would award a Congressional Gold Medal to the U.S. Army Rangers Veterans of World War II in recognition of their dedicated service during World War II.

H.R. 5911 – Fair Hiring in Banking Act, as amended (Rep. Beatty – Financial Services) 

This bill would expand employment opportunities at banks and credit unions by reducing barriers to employment based on past minor criminal offenses. The bill specifically provides an exception for certain criminal charges from an indeterminate timeline of look back to 7 years post-commission of the offense; and 5 years post incarceration; and provides a clear definition for the term, “criminal offense involving dishonesty.” The bill also makes it clear that criminal offenses that have been expunged, sealed, or dismissed are not included in the FDIC or NCUA review of eligibility to work for an insured bank or credit union.

H.R. 5914 – Empowering States to Protect Seniors from Bad Actors Act, as amended (Rep. Gottheimer – Financial Services)

This bill would move the responsibility for administering the Senior Investor Protection Grant Program established by Sec. 989A of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (Dodd-Frank Act) from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau to the Securities and Exchange Commission.

H.R. 935 – Small Business Mergers, Acquisitions, Sales, and Brokerage Simplification Act of 2021, as amended (Rep. Huizenga – Financial Services) 

This bill codifies a Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) no action letter that exempts certain merger-and-acquisition brokers from securities registration requirements that facilitate the transfer of ownership in privately held companies with earnings or revenues under specified thresholds, provided such brokers meet certain conditions.

H.R. 7066 – Russia and Belarus Financial Sanctions Act of 2022, as amended (Rep. Sherman – Financial Services) 

This bill would clarify that U.S. financial institutions that are obligated to comply with various sanctions against Russia and Belarus, must take all necessary and available actions to ensure that any entity it owns or controls, including any foreign subsidiaries, comply with the sanctions.

H.R. 7081 – Ukraine Comprehensive Debt Payment Relief Act of 2022, as amended (Rep. Garcia (IL) – Financial Services) 

This legislation would direct the Department of Treasury to use the voice, vote, and influence of the U.S. at the International Monetary Fund (IMF), the World Bank and other relevant multilateral development banks to advocate for the immediate suspension all debt service payments owed to these institutions by Ukraine. It also directs the Secretary of Treasury, in coordination with the Secretary of State, to commence immediate efforts with other official bilateral creditors and commercial creditor groups to pursue similar comprehensive debt payment relief for Ukraine.

 H.R. 6891 – Isolate Russian Government Officials Act of 2022, as amended (Rep. Wagner – Financial Services) 

This bill would make it the policy of the United States to seek to exclude government officials of the Russian Federation, to the maximum extent practicable, from participating in meetings, proceedings, and other activities of the Group of 20 (G-20), Bank for International Settlements (BIS), Basel Committee for Banking Standards (BCBS), Financial Stability Board (FSB), International Association of Insurance Supervisors (IAIS), and International Organization of Securities Commissions (IOSCO). 

H.R. 6899 – Russia and Belarus SDR Exchange Prohibition Act of 2022, as amended (Rep. Hill – Financial Services)  

The bill would prohibit the Secretary of the Treasury from providing U.S. dollars in exchange or any Special Drawing Rights held by the Russian Federation or Belarus. It also mandates that the Secretary of the Treasury vigorously advocate that other governments which hold freely usable currencies similarly refuse to convert any Special Drawing Rights held by the Russian Federation or Belarus into a hard currency.

H.R. 6531 – Targeting Resources to Communities in Need Act of 2022, as amended (Rep. Clyburn – Oversight and Reform

This bill would increase federal funding for areas of persistent poverty, defined as areas in which the poverty rate is at least 20% for 25 of the prior 30 years.  The bill would also require the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to issue guidance on methods to increase targeted federal investments to areas of high and persistent poverty.  

H.R. 903 – Rights for the TSA Workforce Act of 2022 (Rep. Thompson (MS) – Homeland Security)

This bill would transition the TSA workforce to the title 5 personnel system used by most other federal agencies, providing the workforce opportunities for advancements in pay, collective bargaining, and disciplinary appeal rights.

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Looking Ahead

Next week, the Congresswoman looks forward to another in-session week of votes and continuing her work on the Water Resources Development Act of 2022 to invest and improve in our nations’ waterways and water transportation. 

More next week. Stay tuned!