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Henry 'Hank' C. Johnson, Jr.

Hank Johnson, Jr.'s Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Full Name: Henry 'Hank' C. Johnson, Jr.
Office: U.S. House (GA) - District 4, Democratic
First Elected: 11/07/2006
Last Elected: 11/06/2012
Next Election: 2014
On The Ballot: Running, Democratic for U.S. House - District 4
General Nov. 4, 2014
Primary May 20, 2014
Gender: Male
Family: Wife: Mereda; 2 Children: Randi, Alex
Birth Date: 10/02/1954
Birth Place: Washington, DC
Home City: Lithonia, GA
Religion: Buddhist
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Pro-choice Inferred Answer Abortion: Do you generally support pro-choice or pro-life legislation? View Citations

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  • NARAL Pro-Choice America. 04/18/2012. "Hank Johnson supported the interests of the NARAL Pro-Choice America 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Henry C. Johnson. Democrats Invoke ˜Women's Rights' In Opposing Ban on Federal Funding of Abortions. 4 March 2011. "Rep. Hank Johnson (D-Ga.) challenged Rep. Trent Franks (R-Ariz.) about his belief that life begins at the moment of conception. "Well, this comes down to this issue of where does life begin, Mr. Franks," Johnson said. "Life, I guess you would argue, begins at conception. Is that your argument?" "That's 101 Biology, Mr. Johnson," Franks said. Johnson said that some people might take that argument further to claim that sperm or an egg were the beginning of life because they could potentially create life. "So if we decided we're going to make it illegal for a man to get a vasectomy because we, as men, think that life begins at that point," Johnson said. "What's to stop us from doing that? If we want to decide that women cannot have their tubes tied because there's a potential for life there. Where do we draw the line?" (www.cnsnews.com)
  • Henry C. Johnson. Letter to Democratic Members of the House and Senate Appropriations Committees. 13 September 2011. "By failing to permit the District of Columbia to spend local government funds on abortion, we are sending the message that low-income women should not have access to the same medical services that middle- and upper-income women can access. Ultimately, this prohibition may threaten the health of medically vulnerable women and deny patients the right to access constitutionally protected medical services. We must strive to expand health care services for Americans throughout the nation -- not place barriers in the road of a woman seeking medical care simply because of the state, city, or district that she lives in. The District does not have a vote in the House or Senate. But other Democrats do. We urge you to stand strong and to protect the democratic self-government of the District of Columbia." (votesmart.org)
  • Henry C. Johnson. Rep. Johnson Offers an Amendment to Republicans Abortion Tax Bill No. 2. 8 March 2011. "Mr. Chairman, my amendment would prevent tax increases for individuals who would be subject to such increases pursuant to Section 303(1) of the bill. The title of this bill is misleading. This is not about funding abortions. We already have the Hyde Amendment which prohibits federal funding of abortions. This is about taking away a woman's right to choose. This bill is a tool that the majority is using to push the abortion debate into the tax code. H.R. 3 would increase taxes in order to prevent women from obtaining abortion care. While women would be disproportionately harmed under the bill because they are most likely to spend funds on abortion procedures, men would be affected as well. Many men purchase insurance policies that cover their family, spouse and dependents, and may use funds to cover abortion care for them. Again, this is baffling to me. The same lawmakers who campaigned on growing our economy and cutting taxes are now trying to impose new tax penalties on individuals who happen to choose a procedure that they do not agree with." (votesmart.org)
  • Henry C. Johnson. Rep. Johnson Offers an Amendment to Republicans' Abortion Tax Bill No. 1. 8 March 2011. "Mr. Chairman, this is an important amendment. It is imperative that Congress know the effect this bill would have on women's access to abortion and to health benefits coverage of abortion. My amendment would delay implementation of the bill until the Attorney General submits a report to Congress setting forth the effect of the bill on women's access to abortion and health benefits coverage that includes coverage of abortion. Despite the Manager's Amendment, this bill is still dangerous as it restricts health care for women. The decision about whether or not to have an abortion is a difficult choice for women. This is not a choice that is made lightly. This is a decision that women should have the right to make without government intrusion." (votesmart.org)
  • Hank Johnson. H Amdt 95. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Use of Federal Funds For Planned Parenthood. Hank Johnson voted Nay on 02/18/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Hank Johnson. HR 3. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Taxpayer Funding of Abortion. Hank Johnson voted Nay on 05/04/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Family Research Council. 04/18/2012. "Hank Johnson supported the interests of the Family Research Council 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Hank Johnson. H Amdt 509. 111th Congress. Prohibiting Federally Funded Abortion Services. Hank Johnson voted Nay on 11/07/2009. (votesmart.org)
  • National Right to Life Committee. 04/18/2012. "Hank Johnson supported the interests of the National Right to Life Committee 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Planned Parenthood. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Planned Parenthood endorsed Hank Johnson in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Henry C. Johnson. No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act. 11 May 2011. "Madam Speaker, I rise today in opposition to H.R. 3, the "No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act.'' The title of this bill is misleading. This is not about funding abortions; it's about restricting a woman's right to choose. This bill is not necessary--the Hyde Amendment already prohibits federal funds from being used for abortion. This bill also raises taxes and penalizes individuals and small businesses that chose health plans that include abortion care. The majority is using this bill as a tool to push the abortion debate into the tax code. H.R. 3 would increase taxes in order to prevent women from obtaining abortion care. Under the confines of the bill, rape victims could be subject to invasive IRS audits to prove that their assault qualifies for abortion care. The same lawmakers who campaigned on growing our economy and cutting taxes are now trying to impose new tax penalties on individuals who happen to choose a procedure that they do not agree with. [...] I cannot vote for a bill that punishes women for making their own private healthcare decisions and subjects them to government intrusion." (votesmart.org)
  • Henry C. Johnson. Congressman Hank Johnson's statement on H.R. 3, No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act. 3 March 2011. "This is not about funding abortions," said Johnson. "We already have the Hyde Amendment that prohibits federal funding of abortions. This is about taking away a woman's right to choose. I am especially concerned about how this Republican bill will affect the most vulnerable women in our society. Restricting public funding for abortion will especially hurt low-income women. Low-income women may have to sacrifice basic needs and might force them to resort to self-inducing abortions or to the back-alleys of untrained, unlicensed practitioners. "I find it ironic that Republicans would interfere in such a private matter. They have always prided themselves that the government should not interfere in the personal lives of Americans “ and all of this during Women's History Month. Nice. I am baffled by the fact that Republicans would push a bill that would directly interfere with a woman's private choice." (hankjohnson.house.gov)
  • Planned Parenthood. 04/18/2012. "Hank Johnson supported the interests of Planned Parenthood 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • National Organization for Women. 04/18/2012. "On the votes used to calculate its ratings, the National Organization for Women attaches more value to those votes it considers more important. For 2008, the National Organization for Women gave Hank Johnson a rating of 100 percent." (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Afghanistan: Do you support United States' combat operations in Afghanistan? View Citations

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  • Henry C. Johnson. Issue Position: Foreign Policy and National Security. 18 July 2011. "What Hank will do: -Continue to support a tough, smart foreign policy focused on the maintenance of international stability via multilateralism and diplomacy. -On the Armed Services Committee, oversee implementation of President Obama's Afghanistan policy, supporting a window of opportunity for the Administration to improve security and political conditions in Afghanistan. -Continue to vocally support universal respect for fundamental human rights. -From my post on the Armed Services Committee, work toward our self-extrication from the senseless war in Iraq. -Support continued investment in the world's finest military to address the challenges of upcoming decades. -Push for the closure of our detainment facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. -Vote for committing the United States to the global fight against famine and disease." (votesmart.org)
  • Henry C. Johnson. Ambassador Pickering briefs Congress on Afghanistan. 15 April 2011. "Whether we are bleeding-heart pacifists, the most hawkish of hawks, or Tea Partiers, we agree we need to resolve the conflict in Afghanistan and bring our troops home as soon as possible." (hankjohnson.house.gov)
  • Henry C. Johnson. National Security & Foreign Policy. 17 August 2012. "What Hank will do: [¦] On the Armed Services Committee, oversee implementation of President Obama's Afghanistan policy, supporting a window of opportunity for the Administration to improve security and political conditions in Afghanistan." (www.hankforcongress.com)
  • Henry C. Johnson. USA Today - Lawmakers Unite in Effort to End War in Afghanistan. 10 June 2012. "A bipartisan group of nine lawmakers has enlisted the help of an Army whistle-blower in their determined efforts to bring a swift end to the war in Afghanistan [¦] The panel, which met May 31, was clear in its assertion that the U.S. should not simply walk away from Afghanistan. The strong consensus, however, was that any solution must come through the State Department, not the military [¦] In addition, Jones and McGovern submitted a bipartisan resolution in the 2013 National Defense Authorization Act that would accelerate troop withdrawal, and require a full congressional debate and vote if the timeline slipped past 2014. Last year, only seven votes kept the resolution from passing. Now, as support for the war has reached an all-time low, the group was confident the effort would pass. Congressional leaders, however, didn't allow it to be included [¦] Rep. Hank Johnson, D-Ga., said he trusts the president's commitment to the 2014 withdrawal. Still, he said the failure to bring the bipartisan resolution to the floor was 'an historic act of political cowardice.'" (votesmart.org)
  • Peace Action. 04/18/2012. "Hank Johnson supported the interests of the Peace Action 63 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Peace Action West. 04/18/2012. "Hank Johnson supported the interests of Peace Action West 63 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Hank Johnson. H Con Res 28. 112th Congress. Removing Troops from Afghanistan. Hank Johnson voted Nay on 03/17/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Henry C. Johnson. Afghanistan War Powers Resolution. 10 March 2010. "Madam Speaker, I rise in opposition to the Afghan War Powers Resolution which is before us today and give the reason why, although I do want to commend Representative Kucinich for enabling the House to have a debate on such an important issue, and I thank you for that. [...] Our strategy in Afghanistan and Pakistan is achieving some promising successes. Pakistan is increasingly cooperating against militants within it border and our military campaigns in Afghanistan are routing the Taliban from their strongholds while decimating Taliban and al Qaeda leadership. The President clearly stated that he would bring focus to our efforts in Afghanistan and he would seek to improve conditions prior to drawing down U.S. forces. Passage of this resolution would prevent him from implementing that strategy and force a premature withdrawal. Madam Speaker, let me be clear. My intent is always to oppose war. I believe that the President shares that instinct. However, I oppose this resolution, not because I support war, but because this resolution is ill-timed and ill-conceived. Now is not the time for Congress to start a constitutional turf war. I find the premise of this resolution to be flawed at the outset. Remember, we have authorized ongoing operations in Afghanistan, and we are having enough trouble managing our ordinary legislative duties as it is. Let the President execute the strategy he said he would implement and which is yielding positive results." (votesmart.org)
  • Henry C. Johnson. Hank's Statement on FY12 DOD Budget Request. 16 February 2011. "I commend Secretary Gates for his courageous efforts to find savings in defense spending, which has skyrocketed to levels 36% higher (adjusted for inflation) than during the Vietnam era and is obviously unsustainable. Reining in defense spending while winning two wars and modernizing the force is no small task, but it is a critical task if we are serious about fiscal restraint. The significant reduction in funds requested for war-fighting abroad in 2012 signals the Administration's effective execution of the drawdown in Iraq. Timely victory and withdrawal from Afghanistan ahead of the unacceptably slow timeline outlined by military leaders would secure Secretary Gates' place as one of the greatest Defense Secretaries in the history of the country. But unless the Administration can expedite the timeline for drawdown in Afghanistan, the Pentagon and the White House may find it difficult to maintain Congressional support for war funding." (votesmart.org)
  • Henry C. Johnson. Letter to The Honorable Barack Obama, President of the United States. 23 December 2010. "We write today to respectfully request that General David Petraeus be made available to testify before the Members of the House of Representatives on your administration's December Strategy Review and the status of conditions on the ground in Afghanistan. We believe that the enormous cost and importance of our war policy in Afghanistan warrants vigorous constitutionally-mandated congressional oversight as early as possible next year. [...] Many Members are also concerned about the incredible costs associated with the current policy. The War in Afghanistan is costing the American taxpayer $2 billion per week and will total $125 billion this year alone. Admiral Mike Mullen, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, noted this past August that "the most significant threat to our national security is our debt." We need direct access to our lead commander on the ground in order to fully consider the costs and benefits of a policy that is significantly contributing to our $1.5 trillion deficit and $15 trillion debt." (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Budget: In order to balance the budget, do you support reducing defense spending? View Citations

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  • Henry C. Johnson. Congressman Hank Johnson's Statement on His Vote Against the GOP's 2012 Budget Proposal. 15 April 2011. "Representative Hank Johnson (GA-04) released the following statement on his vote against the GOP's 2012 budget proposal: "We must not balance our books on the backs of seniors, college students, the shrinking middle class and the poor, who are struggling in this economy. There's no doubt, we have to live within our means, get back to the Clinton-era path that allowed us to pay down our debt and reduce our deficit. Nothing should be taken off the table, including defense spending and ending tax breaks for millionaires, billionaires and Big Oil." (votesmart.org)
  • Henry C. Johnson. Hank's Statement on FY12 DOD Budget Request. 16 February 2011. "I commend Secretary Gates for his courageous efforts to find savings in defense spending, which has skyrocketed to levels 36% higher (adjusted for inflation) than during the Vietnam era and is obviously unsustainable. Reining in defense spending while winning two wars and modernizing the force is no small task, but it is a critical task if we are serious about fiscal restraint. The significant reduction in funds requested for war-fighting abroad in 2012 signals the Administration's effective execution of the drawdown in Iraq. Timely victory and withdrawal from Afghanistan ahead of the unacceptably slow timeline outlined by military leaders would secure Secretary Gates' place as one of the greatest Defense Secretaries in the history of the country. But unless the Administration can expedite the timeline for drawdown in Afghanistan, the Pentagon and the White House may find it difficult to maintain Congressional support for war funding." (votesmart.org)
  • Henry C. Johnson. Hank's Statement on the Progressive 'People's Budget'. 13 April 2011. "Congressman Hank Johnson (GA-04) delivered the following remarks at an April 13, 2011, news conference presenting the People's Budget, a proposal offered by the Congressional Progressive Caucus to counter the "Road to Ruin" budget offered by Congressman Paul Ryan that ends Medicare [...] "In Luke 12:48, it is written that "to whom much is given, much is required.' That value is alive in this budget. We ask the wealthiest Americans contribute their fair share. And we stop giving handouts to multinational corporations. "This budget funds health care for all Americans, a basic right in a just society. "And this budget will be in balance by 2021. We do have a fiscal crisis. And there should be no sacred cows in the discussion of how to solve it, including defense spending and ending tax breaks for millionaires and billionaires. The Ryan budget proposes it can solve our fiscal problems without any tax increase. That is a laughable and preposterous suggestion.Let's get real. This People's Budget is a real proposal. It's serious, and I look forward to supporting it on the floor of the House." (votesmart.org)
  • Henry C. Johnson. Rep. Hank Johnson Opposes Iraq War Supplemental, OKs Domestic Spending. 20 June 2008. "I can not, in good conscience, give the President a blank check to continue the Iraq war," said Rep. Johnson. Last month, 132 House Republicans voted "Present" rather than approve war funding. In a separate vote, Rep. Johnson approved measures to: restore veteran's GI education benefits to post World War II levels based on service; to give eligible, jobless Americans a 13-week extension of unemployment benefits after regular benefits have been exhausted; to provide $2.65 billion in disaster relief to help flood victims in the Midwest; $5.8 billion to strengthen Louisiana levees; and $73 million in housing assistance for eligible Hurricane Katrina victims. The bill stops Bush Administration cuts to Medicaid until 2009; authorizes $1.9 billion for international food relief; adds $2.2 billion to improve military facilities such as bases, hospitals and child care centers; gives an additional $400 million for science and innovation at NIH, NASA and the Department of Energy; and adds $150 million more to the Food and Drug Administration budget to ensure the safety of America's food supply. The amendment also cut the DOD war supplemental to $161.8 billion." (votesmart.org)
  • Henry C. Johnson. Rep. Hank Johnson Votes for Iraq Withdrawal. 15 May 2008. "In a historic vote, the U.S. House of Representatives denied President Bush's request for over $160 billion to fund ongoing military operations in Afghanistan and Iraq. Rep. Johnson joined colleagues from both sides of the aisle in a clear rejection of the Bush Administration's foreign policy. Indeed, 132 House Republicans chose to vote "Present" rather than vote for war funding. [...] "I am happy these funds will be used to serve our veterans and assist unemployed Americans instead of financing a fruitless occupation," said Johnson. "Today, for the first time, the Republicans joined us in opposing the president's reckless policies. The American people have made clear their opposition to this war, and the tide is finally turning in Washington." (votesmart.org)
  • Hank Johnson. HR 2642. 110th Congress. Funding for Operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. Hank Johnson voted Nay on 06/19/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Hank Johnson. HR 4986. 110th Congress. Defense Authorizations Bill. Hank Johnson voted Yea on 01/16/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Hank Johnson. HR 3222. 110th Congress. Department of Defense Appropriations, Fiscal Year 2008. Hank Johnson voted Yea on 08/05/2007. (votesmart.org)
  • Hank Johnson. HR 1363. 112th Congress. 2011 Department of Defense Budget and Additional Continuing Appropriations. Hank Johnson voted Nay on 04/07/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Hank Johnson. H Amdt 13. 112th Congress. Reducing Navy and Air Force Aircraft Procurement. Hank Johnson voted Nay on 02/15/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Henry C. Johnson. Rep. Hank Johnson's E-Newsletter. 21 April 2011. "Last week, I stood up for Medicare and jobs by supporting the Congressional Black Caucus and Progressive Caucus budgets. We do have a fiscal crisis but dismantling Medicare is not a solution. We must first look at cutting defense spending and ending tax breaks for millionaires and billionaires." (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Budget: In order to balance the budget, do you support an income tax increase on any tax bracket? View Citations

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  • Henry C. Johnson. Rep. Johnson Votes to Extend Tax Cuts for Middle-Class Americans. 17 December 2010. "Thursday, Rep. Hank Johnson (GA-04) voted for the Tax Relief, Unemployment Insurance Reauthorization, and Job Creation Act of 2010, a bill to extend tax cuts, unemployment insurance and investments in small businesses and green energy. The bill, which the House passed by a vote of 277 to 148 late Thursday night, was passed by the Senate on Wednesday and now goes to President Obama for his signature into law. Below are Congressman Johnson's remarks. "Too many Americans are struggling and out of work for us to raise taxes on the middle class, and despite its flaws the compromise will provide critical additional stimulus. President Obama and Democrats secured extension of unemployment insurance, middle class tax cuts, small business tax credits, and tax breaks for parents with kids in college. That is no small feat. I oppose the GOP's cherished cause of tax cuts for top earners, but further investment in economic recovery is too important to withhold my support." (votesmart.org)
  • Henry C. Johnson. Letter to Chairman Hensarling and Chairwoman Murray, Co-Chairs of the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction. 8 November 2011. "As you work to craft a comprehensive deficit reduction plan, we believe you should incorporate reasonable spending cuts and ask the wealthiest Americans and most profitable corporations to pay their fair share. However, we understand through media reports and talking to our colleagues that revenue options remain the largest challenge in your negotiations to obtain significant deficit reduction. We believe we have a viable revenue option that deserves serious consideration. S. 1787 / H.R. 3313, the Wall Street Trading and Speculators Tax Act, is forecasted by the Joint Committee on Taxation to raise $353 billion over ten years, and $218 billion in years 6-10 [¦] The tax would also cover all derivative contracts, options, puts, forward contracts, swaps and other complex instruments at their actual cost. The measure excludes debt that has an original term of less than 100 days. The legislation does not harm long-term investing like retirement funds, but instead targets financial trading and complex transactions undertaken by financial and investment firms. Given the extraordinary profitability of Wall Street banks while the rest of the economy is suffering, there is no question that Wall Street can easily bear this modest tax. In fact, while Wall Street lobbyists will express great concern with our proposal, they will not tell you that the European Union is considering a similar proposal, but with a tax rate that is more than three times higher." (votesmart.org)
  • Henry C. Johnson. Progressive Caucus. 19 April 2012. "There's no doubt that we need fundamental tax reform in this country, and the fair tax is a vehicle to open the door for Congress to start reviewing other possibilities, including the fair tax, as a way of fixing our inherently unequal Tax Code." (votesmart.org)
  • National Taxpayers Union. 04/18/2012. "Hank Johnson supported reasonable tax and spending policies as defined by the National Taxpayers Union 8 percent of the time in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Americans for Tax Reform. 04/18/2012. "Hank Johnson supported the interests of the Americans for Tax Reform 0 percent in 2007." (votesmart.org)
  • Henry C. Johnson. Congressional Progressive Caucus. 4 February 2009. "So we've got a group of folks who were right here as you say, Congressman Ellison, they were right here in this very Chamber, and they had the leadership up until 2006; and they aided and abetted this country's decline and all of the things that contributed to it. And so but now they want to dictate the solutions to getting us out of this morass. And it just doesn't make sense. I hope the American people are paying great attention because my friends on the other side of the aisle, the only thing that they propose is more tax cuts for the wealthiest 10 percent, and that's certainly not going to work." (votesmart.org)
  • Henry C. Johnson. Hank's Statement on the Progressive 'People's Budget'. 13 April 2011. "Congressman Hank Johnson (GA-04) delivered the following remarks at an April 13, 2011, news conference presenting the People's Budget, a proposal offered by the Congressional Progressive Caucus to counter the "Road to Ruin" budget offered by Congressman Paul Ryan that ends Medicare: "The American people don't need a budget that funnels money to the wealthy and connected. The People's Budget is a budget, by, and for the people, put together by representatives who care about American men and women who don't have high-end lobbyists and PR campaigns. This budget puts America back to work and restores America's competitiveness. This budget implements a fair tax system. "In Luke 12:48, it is written that "to whom much is given, much is required.' That value is alive in this budget. We ask the wealthiest Americans contribute their fair share. And we stop giving handouts to multinational corporations. "This budget funds health care for all Americans, a basic right in a just society." (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

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  • Henry C. Johnson. Rep. Johnson Applauds Recovery Funds for District Road Projects. 5 May 2009. "Congressman Hank Johnson (GA-04), who represents DeKalb, Rockdale and parts of Gwinnett counties, was pleased May 5 to see the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act he supported in March is providing much-needed funds for important transportation projects in his District. Although some funds from President Obama's stimulus plan have already arrived in the District, the governor on Tuesday signed off on more than $45 million in road projects for the Fourth District. It's all part of more than $900 million Georgia will receive under the Recovery and Reinvestment Act for infrastructure improvements. Under the latest certification, DeKalb County will receive more than $23 million, Gwinnett County $19 million and Rockdale County $3.5 million. "When I voted for the Recovery Act, it was projects such as these that I had in mind - projects that are crucial to not only repair our crumbling infrastructure, but put people of my District back to work and on the road to financial stability." (votesmart.org)
  • Henry C. Johnson. Rep. Johnson Urges More Water Infrastructure Investment for Georgia, District. 15 July 2010. "While Rep. Johnson praised the $4 billion for clean water projects under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act -- $120 million for Georgia -- that helped create or save more than 340 jobs in the state, he said more needs to be done. "I'm convinced that more funding is necessary for water infrastructure, especially in Georgia and my District," said Rep. Johnson, who pointed out that Georgia received a "C" for wastewater, a "D+" for storm water and a "C+" for drinking water infrastructure in a report by the American Society of Civil Engineers. The report also found that Georgia's drinking water infrastructure needs an investment of $9.02 billion over the next 20 years and that Georgia has $2.35 billion in wastewater infrastructure needs. Closer to home, Rep. Johnson said timely investments in water resources projects could help put Fourth District residents back to work." (votesmart.org)
  • Henry C. Johnson. Rep. Johnson Votes for American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. 13 February 2009. "Rep. Johnson votes for American Recovery and Reinvestment Act "The package, which is a balance of tax cuts and investments, is an effort to help lift our sagging economy and put people back to work," said Johnson, citing the loss of jobs as his biggest concern. While hopeful, Johnson cautioned that the plan would "not be a cure all" or "solve all our problems." "The economic problems weren't created in a day, and they won't be solved overnight," said Johnson. "But with unemployment in Georgia rising above 8 percent and climbing, I cannot sit idly by while as so many of my fellow Georgians struggle to pay bills, keep their homes or businesses and pay for college." (votesmart.org)
  • Henry C. Johnson. Rep. Johnson Votes to Stimulate Economy. 8 February 2008. "Rep. Hank Johnson, a member of the House Committee on Small Business, voted last night for the Senate-approved, $151.7 billion, bipartisan stimulus package which is intended to jump start the nation's faltering economy. The Economic Stimulus Act (HR 5140) offers spending incentives to consumers and businesses effective this year. Under the bill, small businesses can immediately write off 2008 capital investments up to $250,000, new equipment purchases up to $800,000, and may be eligible for additional depreciation provisions. "The President's failed economic policies and the Iraq war have crippled our national economy. This problem can be fixed, but it will require not only a major infusion of cash but a level of confidence that encourages citizens and business owners to spend and invest," said Rep. Johnson. "Although I am pleased to see that the Senate expanded the stimulus to give needed help to the elderly and our veterans, I still maintain that we have missed a tremendous opportunity to extend food stamp benefits, unemployment insurance and crucial job training programs. [...] "This is a start but frankly, I believe small businesses and families need more help than this legislation provides. Small businesses are perhaps the best economic engine that we have and the most likely route to job creation," Johnson concluded." (votesmart.org)
  • Henry C. Johnson. Rep. Johnson: 'We Must Address The Jobs Crisis'. 17 March 2010. "Although Johnson has been encouraged by Recovery Act investments throughout the Fourth District -- and particularly in funds for jobs training -- the Congressman said he is not satisfied. "I've been optimistic in my work with President Obama and Congress that we can and will turn this economy around," said Johnson. "We've done some good work, but more needs to be done." To address disparities detailed in a new report from the Transportation Equity Network that finds minority contractors have received just 2 percent of Recovery highway infrastructure funds, Johnson is gathering signatures on a letter to Transportation secretary Ray LaHood demanding more accountability. According to the report, as of December 11, 2009, just $986 million of the $48 billion in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) funds designated to highway projects via state Departments of Transportation have been committed to Disadvantaged Business Enterprises (DBEs). "To say these figures are disappointing is an understatement," said Johnson. "As Congress continues to focus upon creating jobs in this country, we are determined to ensure that minority and disadvantaged businesses share in the recovery." (votesmart.org)
  • Hank Johnson. HR 5297. 112th Congress. Small Business Lending Fund and Tax Law Amendments. Hank Johnson voted Yea on 09/23/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Hank Johnson. HR 1424. 110th Congress. Financial Asset Purchase Authority and Tax Law Amendments. Hank Johnson voted Nay on 10/03/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Americans for Prosperity. 04/18/2012. "Hank Johnson supported the interests of the Americans for Prosperity 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • The Club for Growth. 04/18/2012. "On the votes used to calculate its ratings, The Club for Growth attaches more value to those votes it considers more important. For 2010, The Club for Growth gave Hank Johnson a rating of 0 percent." (votesmart.org)
  • Henry C. Johnson. Congressman Johnson Helps Capture More Funding for Mass Transit. 29 January 2009. "Talk of possible MARTA fare increases and cuts in service due to the transit system's budget deficit has not been lost on me," said Johnson. "I understand how important the system is to the people of my district." [...] Over the next 10 years, MARTA - which is the only mass transit system in the nation that receives no state funding for operations - faces a possible $588 million budget shortfall. Johnson said more money for transit in the stimulus package could help turn the economy around. "Funding for public transit will further stimulate the economy by producing green jobs," he said in the letter. "According to Department of Transportation estimates, if $47.8 billion were invested in public transit immediately, more than 1.3 million green jobs could be supported in the next two years." (votesmart.org)
  • Henry C. Johnson. Democrats Help Rebuild Economy. 25 June 2008. "The Democratic Congress has led the way in working to jump start the American economic recovery by approving $107 billion in stimulus checks that have already reached 76 million homes. With job losses exceeding 324,000 this year, with 48,000 having been lost in the month of May alone, we acted quickly last week to extend unemployment benefits for millions of workers who are having a hard time finding a job. These benefits will help struggling families put food on the table and gas in their cars. Congress has passed the most comprehensive legislation responding to the devastating housing crisis. The package will help millions of families avoid foreclosure, and it will rehabilitate properties in areas hit hard by the housing crisis. Mr. Speaker, this is a good beginning, but we must do more to alleviate the economic hurt Americans are enduring, and we must work together to turn the failed Bush-McCain economy around." (votesmart.org)
  • Henry C. Johnson. Issue Position: The Economy and Jobs. 18 July 2011. "What Hank has done: -Delivered over $200 million of federal investement in Fourth District job creation since January 2009, including $98 million to save over 1,000 teaching jobs in DeKalb, Rockdale, and Gwinnett counties." (votesmart.org)
  • Henry C. Johnson. Issue Position: The Economy, Trade, and Labor. 18 July 2011. "What I have done: -Cosponsored the successful legislation which will raise the minimum wage to $7.25 by early 2009. -Voted for the $152 billion bipartisan stimulus package designed to ease hardship and stimulate economic growth. Beginning in May, 2008 over 130 million American households received tax rebates." (votesmart.org)
  • Henry C. Johnson. Rep. Johnson Meets with Local Pastors to Discuss Recovery Funds. 17 June 2009. "The $787 billion Recovery Act provides funds for schools, infrastructure, healthcare, weatherization, energy and housing needs. The pastors learned how to navigate the often confusing and complicated funding mechanisms attached to the Recovery Act, and how they can apply directly for funds to help their congregants. While voting against the $700 billion Wall Street bailout, Congressman Johnson approved the $787 million Recovery Act, which has not only provided funding for non-profit organizations, but more than $100 million to Fourth District schools and more than $150 million for local infrastructure. "Overall, the meetings were a success," said Johnson. "This meeting was the first of its kind that I am aware of where clergy were presented first hand with information from the authors and policy makers associated with the Stimulus Act. I am proud that I was instrumental in providing the Georgia faith-based community with unparalleled and unprecedented access to information and the key players behind the stimulus. I will continue to work tirelessly to ensure that our underserved, poor, and minority communities get access to the funds that they so need and deserve." (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support providing tax incentives to businesses for the purpose of job creation? View Citations

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  • Henry C. Johnson. Rep. Johnson votes to boost lending, tax cuts to small businesses. 23 September 2010. "The Small Business Jobs Act will help the nation's 27 million small businesses create new jobs and grow with $12 billion in tax cuts. It will make Main Street businesses more competitive with big corporations by leveraging up to $300 billion in private-sector lending for small businesses, along with state grants for small business lending. With tax cuts and access to more capital, small businesses will be able to put more Americans back to work. The bill is fully paid for and will not add a dime to the deficit. "In spite of rampant Republican opposition, obstructionism, and delay, we have passed a bill that moves America forward," said Rep. Johnson. "While Congressional Republicans are fighting to protect big corporations, Big Oil, and Wall Street, we are fighting for Main Street and job creation. We won that fight today, and as a result, small business in Georgia will win, too." (votesmart.org)
  • Henry C. Johnson. Rep. Johnson Votes to Create Jobs, Help Small Businesses. 17 June 2010. "Rep. Hank Johnson (GA-04) today voted for legislation that will leverage $300 billion in lending for small businesses and create hundreds of thousands of jobs. The legislation, which expands much-needed lending to small businesses and offers tax incentives to help America's small businesses grow, is fully paid for and will save taxpayers $1 billion over the next 10 years. "This bill will create jobs and help boost the quality of life in our communities," said Johnson. "Small businesses are the economic engine that fuel job growth and will propel our continued recovery. This will give our small businesses the tax cuts and lending they need to be flexible and grow." The Small Business Jobs and Credit Act will help small businesses expand through investments in states and small banks that focus on lending to local small businesses. This new $30 billion lending fund, with tough performance-based incentives and safeguards to ensure that funds go to American small business, will spur job creation across America. The bill will also help cultivate American innovation through a new public-private partnership designed to channel early stage investment capital to promising new start-ups." (votesmart.org)
  • Henry C. Johnson. Rep. Johnson Votes to Extend Tax Cuts for Middle-Class Americans. 17 December 2010. "Thursday, Rep. Hank Johnson (GA-04) voted for the Tax Relief, Unemployment Insurance Reauthorization, and Job Creation Act of 2010, a bill to extend tax cuts, unemployment insurance and investments in small businesses and green energy. The bill, which the House passed by a vote of 277 to 148 late Thursday night, was passed by the Senate on Wednesday and now goes to President Obama for his signature into law. Below are Congressman Johnson's remarks. "Too many Americans are struggling and out of work for us to raise taxes on the middle class, and despite its flaws the compromise will provide critical additional stimulus," said Rep. Johnson. "President Obama and Democrats secured extension of unemployment insurance, middle class tax cuts, small business tax credits, and tax breaks for parents with kids in college. That is no small feat. I oppose the GOP's cherished cause of tax cuts for top earners, but further investment in economic recovery is too important to withhold my support." (votesmart.org)
  • Henry C. Johnson. Rep. Johnson proposes TIRE Act to curb pollution, oil dependence. 3 April 2009. "With the country's environment and dependence on foreign oil in mind, Congressman Hank Johnson (GA-04) proposed legislation April 3 known as the TIRE Act (Tire Investment, Recovery and Extension Act) of 2009. Designed to motivate companies through tax incentives to use truck tires with recycled rubber, the Act [HR 1888] aims to curb the number of tires thrown in landfills while at the same time cut back on the amount of fossil fuels needed to produce them. [...] "This bill just makes sense," said Johnson. "It helps us become more fuel-efficient, cuts back on our waste and generates green jobs that will continue well into the future. If every new tire had just 10 percent recycled material in it, we could save a gallon of oil." (votesmart.org)
  • Henry C. Johnson. Rep. Johnson votes to boost lending, tax cuts to small businesses. 23 September 2010. "Rep. Hank Johnson (GA-04) voted to spur economic growth and create 500,000 new jobs by encouraging the development of American small businesses. The Small Business Jobs Act increases much-needed lending to millions of small businesses, and offers 8 new tax incentives to companies, so that they may expand, hire, and fuel the economy. It also keeps jobs in America by closing tax loopholes that reward corporations that ship jobs overseas. "This bill will create jobs and help boost the quality of life in our communities," said Johnson. "Small businesses are the economic engine that fuel job growth and will propel our continued recovery. This will give our small businesses the tax cuts and lending they need to be flexible and grow." (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Education: Do you support requiring states to implement education reforms in order to be eligible for competitive federal grants? View Citations

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  • Henry C. Johnson. Issue Position: Education. 17 August 2012. "What I believe: *High-quality education (like health care) must be a right of all Americans, not a privilege. *Chronic underinvestment in education seriously threatens America's future competitiveness and well-being. *The single most important investment we can make is in the literacy, aptitude, productivity, and enlightenment of all Americans, young and old [¦] *Teaching is among the noblest and most essential callings in society and should be rewarded accordingly. Massive inequality within our educational system effectively condemns Americans living in poor and under-served communities to economic hardship [¦] What I will do: *Work to drive more funding to struggling public schools. *Work to protect the futures of college students and other post-secondary students who have taken on debt to attend school. *Support significant increases in funding for public education nationwide, including full funding of neglected No Child Left Behind mandates. *Continue to insist that teaching is a vital profession and ought to be rewarded with dramatically higher pay; we must make teaching a career that will lure America's best and brightest." (votesmart.org)
  • Henry C. Johnson. Head Start is Key to Rep. Johnson's Education Reform. 14 November 2007. "Congressman Hank Johnson today voted to authorize over $7 billion for Head Start, the nation's premiere early childhood education program. H.R. 1429, the Improving Head Start for School Readiness Act of 2007, will maintain the program's mission to prepare children for kindergarten while improving instruction and facilities. "Head Start is the foundation of this country's efforts to close the achievement gap, combat poverty, and provide all Americans with the opportunity to thrive," said Congressman Johnson. "Our nation's future depends upon the education of our youth, and we need to do all we can to ensure their success. Better preparing our children for kindergarten is critical to this effort. As we celebrate this 40th anniversary, I am pleased to vote the $7.4 billion needed because Head Start has demonstrated its lasting value." (votesmart.org)
  • Henry C. Johnson. Rep. Johnson votes to enhance America' competitiveness. 21 December 2010. "The legislation invests $45 billion in basic research programs " the Department of Energy Office of Science, the National Science Foundation, and the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) labs " over three years. The America COMPETES Act will help to create jobs in Georgia by investing in our students, teachers and workers. Innovation “ mainly in science and engineering “ is the key to our nation's future and the driving force of job creation. By reauthorizing the COMPETES Act, we keep our nation on the path of progress." (hankjohnson.house.gov)
  • Henry C. Johnson. Congressional Progressive Caucus. 1 December 2011. "America is certainly not in a crisis as far as debt is concerned. We borrow money at 2 percent. You can't get it much cheaper than that. And while that cheap money is available, we should be borrowing that money and investing it in our own economy, in our infrastructure, in our research and development for medical care, health care delivery, energy production, our education system from the buildings on down to the lowest piece of equipment that's in there, the teachers who teach our children. We should be investing in those areas." (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Energy: Do you support reducing restrictions on offshore energy production? View Citations

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  • Environment America. 04/18/2012. "Hank Johnson supported the interests of Environment America 100 percent in 2009." (votesmart.org)
  • Henry C Johnson. Rep. Hank Johnson Votes for Most Comprehensive Energy Legislation in Two Decades. 17 September 2008. "If anyone seriously believes in the short-sighted and irresponsible policy of --- drill, drill, drill--- then I have a bridge in Alaska I'd like to sell them," said Congressman Johnson. "I am proud of my colleagues who had the best interests of average Americans at heart. They did not fall victim to empty, partisan rhetoric. We can take pride that we have done more to secure America's energy future in two years than the Bush-McCain energy policies did in eight," continued Congressman Johnson. In return for opening more offshore areas for drilling, HR 6899 requires oil companies to pay their fair share. Rep. Johnson noted, "With this bill, we are making a historic commitment to a renewable energy future and jobs. This bill puts us on the path to energy independence, protects consumers, strengthens our national security and helps reduce global warming---all bipartisan goals and key ingredients of a comprehensive national energy strategy." (votesmart.org)
  • Hank Johnson. HR 3534. 112th Congress. Offshore Drilling Regulations and Other Energy Law Amendments. Hank Johnson voted Yea on 07/30/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Southern Alliance for Clean Energy Action Fund. 04/18/2012. "Hank Johnson supported the interests of the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy Action Fund 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Hank Johnson. HR 1230. 112th Congress. Offshore Leasing Act. Hank Johnson voted Nay on 05/05/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Hank Johnson. H Amdt 773. 112th Congress. Ending Moratorium on Deepwater Drilling Rigs that Meet Certain Safety Standards. Hank Johnson voted Yea on 07/30/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Henry C. Johnson. Department of the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2012. "Mr. Chair, as I see it, this bill is nothing more than an attempt to remove 40 years of Federal laws that protect our air, water, land, and wildlife. Only in a Republican-controlled House would we increase access to oil and gas leases, while reducing our ability to ensure drilling operations are environmentally safe [¦] I urge a ``no'' vote on this bill." (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? View Citations

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  • Hank Johnson. HR 2454. 111th Congress. Energy and Environmental Law Amendments ("Cap and Trade"). Hank Johnson voted Yea on 06/26/2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Henry C. Johnson. American Legislative Exchange Council. 25 April 2012. "I agree. ALEC's corporate members have gotten an outstanding return on their investments, but it's been at yours and my expense. Due to ALEC, the NRA, and the private for-profit prison industry, we are all less safe and more likely to be put in jail [¦] ALEC's corporate members are some of the world's biggest polluters and most profitable oil companies. ALEC's corporate bill factory has ghost-written legislation on their behalf to combat efforts to address climate change and oppose national renewable energy standards, among others. In 1998, according to the Center for Media and Democracy, ALEC belched a resolution out of its smokestack calling on the U.S. to reject the Kyoto Protocol and banning States from regulating greenhouse gases. ALEC's Energy, Environment, and Agriculture Task Force has since turned out model bills criticizing the Environmental Protection Agency. Recently, ALEC has focused on what it calls the `EPA's regulatory train wreck,' seeking to frame the EPA's enforcement of the Clean Air Act as`higher prices, fewer jobs, and less energy.' ALEC's dirty supporters, like the Koch brothers--named one of the United States' top 10 air polluters in a University of Massachusetts study--began attacking every effort to clean up the mess that they themselves have made. Why? Because they want to continue to make more money [¦] Mr. Speaker, this is only the tip of the melting iceberg. Yes, global warming is at work, and it is melting this iceberg that ALEC represents." (votesmart.org)
  • Hank Johnson. HR 910. 112th Congress. Energy Tax Prevention Act. Hank Johnson voted Nay on 04/07/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Sierra Club. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Sierra Club endorsed Hank Johnson in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Environment America. 04/18/2012. "Hank Johnson supported the interests of Environment America 100 percent in 2009." (votesmart.org)
  • League of Conservation Voters. 04/18/2012. "Hank Johnson supported the interests of the League of Conservation Voters 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Southern Alliance for Clean Energy Action Fund. 04/18/2012. "Hank Johnson supported the interests of the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy Action Fund 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Southern Alliance for Clean Energy Action Fund. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Southern Alliance for Clean Energy Action Fund endorsed Hank Johnson in the 2008 general election. (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Guns: Do you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns? View Citations

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  • Henry C. Johnson. Assault Weapons Ban. 24 July 2012. "But there are some regulations governing the affairs of people that are reasonable, and that includes restrictions on who can bear arms and what kind of arms they can bear. To say that we should have no regulations on weapons, particularly weapons of mass destruction, to me is unwise. I don't understand why someone who has a gun in their home for protection needs to have a magazine that is capable of rapid fire, a hundred rounds in a couple of minutes or in a minute. I don't understand why someone needs that kind of firepower to protect their home." (votesmart.org)
  • Henry C. Johnson. National Right-To-Carry Reciprocity Act of 2011. 16 November 2011. "As I stated earlier, 34 States require applicants to complete a firearms safety training course; unfortunately, Georgia does not. But that does not mean that that is right or proper. I believe that other States can certainly have a more conscientious approach to gun licensing, and certainly States have had a right to do that, and I want to preserve that right." (votesmart.org)
  • Henry C. Johnson. Providing for Consideration of H.R. 822, National Right-To-Carry Reciprocity Act of 2011. 15 November 2011. "Under this bill, States will no longer be able to set standards for who may carry concealed, loaded guns in public. States that prevent those convicted of violent crime from carrying a concealed weapon would no longer be able to enforce their State laws. The Second Amendment protects the right to bear arms, but it is not, ladies and gentlemen, absolute." (votesmart.org)
  • Henry C. Johnson. Rep. Johnson Proposes Strict Gun Law for Airports Nationwide. 18 May 2010. "We live in a post-911 world where terrorists continue to look at planes and airports as prime targets. It defies logic that we would we allow anyone other than law enforcement officials to carry a loaded gun within an airport? This bill is simply common sense." (votesmart.org)
  • Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence endorsed Hank Johnson in the 2008 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Hank Johnson. HR 6842. 110th Congress. Repealing Portions of the D.C. Firearm Ban. Hank Johnson voted Nay on 09/17/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Gun Owners of America. 04/18/2012. "In 2010 Gun Owners of America gave Hank Johnson a grade of 9." (votesmart.org)
  • Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence endorsed Hank Johnson in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act? View Citations

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  • Henry C. Johnson. Congressman Hank Johnson's Statement on Efforts to Repeal Health Care Reform. 19 January 2011. "In the middle of a recession, my top priority is job creation and supporting policies and programs that help my constituents. I am not in favor of taking health care benefits and security away from hard working Americans. "I'm voting against the House Republicans' repeal of health care reform because I was sent here to protect and represent my constituents, many of whom stand to be left without health coverage." (votesmart.org)
  • American Public Health Association. 04/18/2012. "Hank Johnson supported the interests of the American Public Health Association 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Henry C. Johnson. Twitter: ReElectHank. 11 July 2012. "I'll be voting against Republicans' impotent attempt to repeal health care -- GOP to the uninsured: Drop dead:..." (twitter.com)
  • Hank Johnson. HR 2. 112th Congress. Repealing the Health Care Bill. Hank Johnson voted Nay on 01/19/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Henry C. Johnson. Congressional Black Caucus and the Affordable Care Act. 18 January 2011. "I must admit that I feel somewhat, gosh, it seems like only yesterday that the Republicans were accusing us of not taking care of what was the business at hand, which was job creation and what they call reckless spending. They accused us of wasting our time in the 111th Congress where we should have been dealing with jobs and spending, and they are doing the same thing. They are wasting their time. The first month of the 112th Congress, they are wasting their time trying to repeal health care for Americans, the Affordable Care Act. It's mind-boggling to me that after the Democrats' first month in office we dealt with the recovery package, jobs, and thereafter we went through a long process of putting in place a measure that will create 4 million new jobs in this economy that they ran into the ground." (votesmart.org)
  • Henry C. Johnson. Health Insurance Repeal. 20 January 2011. "Mr. JOHNSON of Georgia. Madam Speaker, yesterday's action of repealing the health care reform, cynically called the Job-Killing Health Care Act by my friends on the other side of the aisle, is definitely an ironic misnomer--job killing--when the health reform is poised to create 4 million new jobs. The number of jobs created by repeal? Zero. So we're not about protecting jobs on the other side of the aisle. We are about protecting insurance companies' bottom line." (votesmart.org)
  • Henry C. Johnson. Issue Position: Health Care Reform. 18 July 2011. "What Hank has done: -As Southeast Regional Whip, helped lead passage of President Obama's historic health care reform legislation. -As Chairman of the Competition Policy Subcommittee, coauthoried provisions of the health care reform legislation in the House of Representatives that removed the insurance industry's immunity to anti-trust regulation. [...] What Hank will do: -Ensure that the health care reform legislation is implemented such that it protects consumers and empowers ordinary Americans seeking affordable health insurance." (votesmart.org)
  • Henry C. Johnson. Rep. Hank Johnson Celebrates 1-year Anniversary of Affordable Care Act. 24 March 2011. "Johnson spoke with seniors about the future of Social Security and Medicare, and the status of Affordable Care Act at age one (1). "Don't believe the hype ladies and gentlemen, the Affordable Health Care law is alive and well," said Johnson. "And while the bulk of the law's benefits take place in 2014, the law is already proving a benefit to seniors by cutting prescription drug costs, providing free annual wellness visits and strengthening the Medicare Trust Fund by 12 years." (votesmart.org)
  • Henry C. Johnson. Rep. Johnson's Statement on New HHS Regulations Emphasizing Quality Medical Care. 22 November 2010. "New Medical Loss Ratio regulations issued today by the Department of Health and Human Services(HHS) require health insurers to spend 80 to 85 percent of consumers' premiums on direct care for patients and efforts to improve the quality of care. "Our health care system should deliver quality affordable care for all Americans, not inhumanely deny claims to enrich shareholders and executives. Thanks to passage of historic health care reform, Americans can be confident that health insurance is about providing quality care, not maximizing profits." (votesmart.org)
  • Henry C. Johnson. Repealing the Job-Killing Health Care Law Act. 18 January 2011. "Mr. JOHNSON of Georgia. Thank you, Mr. Ranking Member. I rise in opposition to the repeal of health reform. Repeal of health care reform would strip 32 million Americans of health insurance, including 139,000 residents of my district. Repeal will allow insurers to discriminate against people with preexisting conditions and reopen the doughnut hole, which would devastate Joseph Williams, a former corrections officer in my district who relies on Medicare for his prescription drugs. I will be voting against repeal, and I urge my colleagues to do the same." (votesmart.org)
  • Henry C. Johnson. The Huffington Post - Health Care Law: Correct, Constitutional, and Not Going Anywhere Op-Ed. 6 January 2011. "Americans will no doubt be confused by the priorities of the new Republican majority in the U.S. House of Representatives. Will they dedicate the first month of the 112th Congress to job creation, as we did in the 111th? No. House Republicans have announced their top priority: to deny millions of low- and middle-income Americans health care and increase the deficit by repealing health care reform, a signal achievement of the previous Congress. Their effort is doomed to fail; the Senate will not pass nor would the president sign any such law. But House Republicans will nevertheless pay lip service to the Tea Party activists who put them in power by forcing a vote on repeal. Opponents of health-care reform have rallied around a constitutional objection to the "individual mandate," the provision of the reform law that requires Americans to purchase health insurance. They argue that Congress has no constitutional authority to mandate coverage." (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Immigration: Do you support requiring illegal immigrants to return to their country of origin before they are eligible for citizenship? View Citations

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  • Hank Johnson. HR 5281. 112th Congress. DREAM Act. Hank Johnson voted Yea on 12/08/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Henry C. Johnson. Hank Applauds the Administration's Change in Immigration Policy. 15 June 2012. "The time has long since passed when Congress should have enacted comprehensive immigration reform legislation. President Obama's important action is a small, but highly significant step toward a humane policy on immigration that recognizes the realities of today's world. Undocumented children of illegal immigrants are not responsible for their parents' actions of bringing them to America. Although they are not born here, they truly are Americans. President Obama's policy finally recognizes that fact." (votesmart.org)
  • Henry C. Johnson. Letter to Janet Napolitano, Secretary, Homeland Security, and Eric H. Holder, Jr., Attorney General. 27 September 2011. "We applaud the August 18, 2011 announcement that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) plans to close many low-priority immigration deportation proceedings. We especially commend DHS for stating that it will consider the family ties of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people as a factor in determining cases that merit relief from deportation, including for gay and lesbian foreign nationals who are the spouses and partners of U.S. citizens and permanent residents. We write to you today with two requests that will further the enforcement of this important mandate [¦] We ask that consideration of LGBT family ties be communicated in the guidance being prepared by the new DHS/DOJ working group [¦] Additionally, we ask that the working group include a member experienced in working with LGBT immigrants and their families to ensure that these factors are recognized and understood in the working group's case-by-case review of all individuals currently in removal proceedings as well as its review of new cases placed in removal proceedings. The vulnerability of LGBT immigrants -- the historical stigmatization of whom both within and outside the U.S. is well-documented -- makes knowledgeable review a necessity. The announcement on August 18 constitutes a major step forward in ensuring that immigration enforcement resources prioritize enhancing border security, national security, and public safety as well as in exercising discretion when warranted." (votesmart.org)
  • National Latino Congreso/William C. Velásquez Institute. 04/18/2012. "Hank Johnson supported the interests of National Latino Congreso/William C. Velásquez Institute 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Federation for American Immigration Reform. 04/18/2012. "Hank Johnson supported the interests of the Federation for American Immigration Reform 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Henry C. Johnson. DEVELOPMENT, RELIEF, AND EDUCATION FOR ALIEN MINORS ACT OF 2010. 9 December 2010. "I would be remiss if I did not also express my support for the DREAM Act. Mr. Speaker, this bipartisan legislation addresses the tragedy our young undocumented people face when, through no fault of their own, their lack of status may prevent them from attending college, joining the military, or working legally in the only home they have known--the United States of America. This bill will give hard-working, English-speaking, young men and women a chance to fulfill their aspirations by contributing to America's economic prosperity and security. The DREAM Act ensures that no child in America is denied his or her dream of having a better life if he or she is willing to work hard for one. Each year, about 65,000 undocumented students, raised in the United States, graduate from high school. These graduates are young people who have lived in the United States for most of their lives. They are honor roll students, athletes, aspiring teachers, doctors, business owners, and soldiers. Unfortunately, these graduates face a roadblock to their dreams--they cannot enroll in college, legally work to spur economic growth and pay taxes to contribute to our society, or join the military to defend our country. In some instances, these youth grow up here without even knowing they do not have legal status until they find out that they cannot attend college, work, or enlist in the military." (votesmart.org)
  • Henry C. Johnson. Grijalva Joined By Broad Cross-Section of Members of Congress In Praising Yesterday's First Ever Senate Hearing on The DREAM Act. 29 June 2011. "Rep. Raúl M. Grijalva, the co-chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus (CPC), was joined by 29 other Members of Congress today in hailing Congress' first ever hearing on the Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors (DREAM) Act. The hearing was convened June 28 by Senator Dick Durbin (IL) before the Senate Judiciary Committee's Subcommittee on Immigration, Refugees and Border Security. [...] "This is common-sense, bipartisan legislation. This is not amnesty -- it's humane and decent reform that encourages all the qualities that make this country great -- dedication to education, self-improvement, love of family and the honor in military service. Immigrants are fueling this country, and we should allow those who have demonstrated a commitment to hard work and a strong desire to be contributing members of our society an opportunity to obtain an education." (votesmart.org)
  • Henry C. Johnson. Permitting Members of Congress to Administer the Oath of Allegiance to Applicants for Naturalization. 16 September 2010. "Mr. Speaker, I rise today in support of H.R. 4862, which permits Members of Congress to administer the oath of allegiance to applicants for naturalization. I strongly support this bill and am a proud cosponsor of this bill. Naturalization is the process by which U.S. citizenship is granted to a foreign citizen or national after he or she fulfills the requirements established by Congress in the Immigration and Nationality Act. According to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, more than 700,000 immigrants become U.S. citizens every year. America is a diverse nation that was built on immigrants. As we all know, immigrants have made, and continue to make, lasting contributions to our society. In my home state of Georgia, immigrants comprise at least 11.9 percent of the state workforce. Thus, it is important to do all we can to create pathways for immigrants to become U.S. citizens. America is known for its rich diversity which is truly a source of strength and competitiveness. At naturalization ceremonies, immigrants finally have the chance to become official citizens of the United States. Becoming a naturalized citizen U.S. citizen is a process that can take years to accomplish. Individuals must not only be knowledgeable about U.S. history, but be very patient. Naturalization is a special moment in their lives when all of their hard work, determination, and persistence ultimately pays off and they become U.S. citizens." (votesmart.org)
  • Henry C. Johnson. Rep. Johnson: Expedite Haitian Immigrants With Family In U.S. 1 January 2010. "On Friday morning, Rep. Hank Johnson (D-GA) urged Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano to allow Haitian immigration applicants with family members who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents to enter the United States while processing of their immigration applications is completed. In a letter signed by 19 colleagues from the U.S. House of Representatives, Rep. Johnson argued that extreme conditions in earthquake-stricken Haiti necessitate the implementation of a Humanitarian Parole policy that would ease entry for Haitians who have applied for family-based immigration to the United States. "These are people with family members who are U.S. citizens and permanent residents," said Rep. Johnson. "Most of their applications will be approved. Conditions are extreme in Haiti. They should be permitted to enter the United States while their applications are processed. Those few who are rejected will be deported." (votesmart.org)
  • Henry C. Johnson. Rep. Johnson's Statement on Hispanic Heritage Month. 23 September 2011. "While celebrating the Hispanic Heritage Month, we must honor the character of our nation and work with President Obama to pass a comprehensive immigration reform. We must work towards passing immigration laws that are decent and humane. We must ensure that every hard-working, talented, law-abiding and eligible immigrant is treated with respect, compassion and dignity. Last year, I co-sponsored the Dream Act so young undocumented immigrants could have a path to legal status through their dedication to education and military service." (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Marriage: Do you support same-sex marriage? View Citations

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  • Henry C. Johnson. Pelosi, Nadler, 130 House Members File Amicus Brief on Federal Case Against DOMA. 10 July 2012. "But a clearly stated purpose and effect of this law was to disapprove of and disadvantage lesbians and gay men; this distinguishes DOMA from a routine act of Congress. Where, as here, Congress classifies persons, denying an entire class of citizens the rights that are afforded others, the Supreme Court has applied rational basis review to invalidate those laws. None of the reasons provided by Congress in 1996 or created in response to litigation rationally serve a legitimate federal interest." (votesmart.org)
  • Hank Johnson. HR 2965. 112th Congress. Don't Ask, Don't Tell Repeal Act. Hank Johnson voted Yea on 12/15/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • American Family Association. 04/18/2012. "Hank Johnson supported the interests of the American Family Association 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Hank Johnson. HR 3685. 110th Congress. Sexual Orientation Employment Nondiscrimination Act (ENDA). Hank Johnson voted Yea on 11/07/2007. (votesmart.org)
  • Human Rights Campaign. 04/18/2012. "Hank Johnson supported the interests of the Human Rights Campaign 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Henry C. Johnson. Letter to Mr. Robert Mazzuca, Chief Scout Executive, Boy Scouts of America. 1 February 2010. "We write in response to the Boy Scouts of America's (BSA) recent rejection of Cate and Elizabeth Wirth, two mothers of a Scout, who applied to serve as parent volunteers. We call on the Boy Scouts to end its policy of discrimination and exclusion based solely on sexual orientation [¦] For a century, the Boy Scouts have united communities, instilled the value of public service, and encouraged civic participation among America's youth. Congress has repeatedly recognized the importance of the Boy Scouts in our communities with numerous honors, including a Congressional charter and, most recently, a resolution expressing support for February 8, 2010 as "Boy Scouts of America Day". As you celebrate the 100th Anniversary of the Boy Scouts of America, it is long past time that the Boy Scouts finally provide the opportunity for all Scouts, Leaders, and volunteers, to share in the joys of Scouting, regardless of sexual orientation." (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer National Security: Do you support targeting suspected terrorists outside of official theaters of conflict? View Citations

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  • Henry C. Johnson. 9-11 Commemorative Ceremony. 11 September 2011. "While we have killed public enemy No. 1 -- Osama bin Laden -- we understand our battle with terrorists is not simply won by military might alone. A strong military is important, but we must also win the hearts and minds of our enemies. We must accept and nurture the higher nature of all human beings, and through dialogue, diplomacy and assistance we must help oppressed people be free." (votesmart.org)
  • Henry C. Johnson. Letter to the Honorable Barack Obama. 12 June 2012. "We are concerned that the use of such "signature strikes" could raise the risk of killing innocent civilians or individuals who may have no relationship to attacks on the United States. We are further concerned about the legal grounds for such strikes under the 2001 Authorization for the Use of Military Force." (kucinich.house.gov)
  • Henry C. Johnson. Letter to the Honorable Barack Obama. 12 June 2012. "The implications of the use of drones for our national security are profound. They are faceless ambassadors that cause civilian deaths, and are frequently the only direct contact with Americans that the targeted communities have. They can generate powerful and enduring anti-American sentiment. As members of Congress, we are deeply concerned about the full impact of drone strikes." (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Social Security: Do you support allowing individuals to divert a portion of their Social Security taxes into personal retirement accounts? View Citations

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  • Henry C. Johnson signed Progressive Change Campaign Committee: Social Security Protectors. "Social Security belongs to the people who have worked hard all their lives and contributed to it. Social Security is a promise that must not be broken. We need to strengthen Social Security, not cut it. That is why I oppose any cuts to Social Security benefits, including increasing the retirement age. I also oppose any effort to privatize Social Security, in whole or in part." (socialsecurityprotectors.com)
  • Henry C. Johnson. Letter To The Honorable Barack Obama, President, The United States of America. 15 October 2010. "Dear President Obama: We write today to express our strong support for Social Security and our view that it should be strengthened. We oppose any cuts to Social Security benefits, including raising the retirement age. We also oppose any effort to privatize Social Security, in whole or in part." (votesmart.org)
  • Henry C. Johnson. Letter to the Honorable Barack Obama, President of the United States. 15 July 2011. "As older Americans rely on Social Security, they also rely on Medicare and Medicaid for their health and long-term care needs. Under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, we took measures to lower health care costs without cutting benefits or increasing cost-sharing requirement. While we can make more improvements, we must not abandon that commitment. Proposals to raise out-of-pocket costs, cut benefits, or reduce federal Medicaid spending would have a negative impact on current enrollees, their families, and our economy as a whole." (votesmart.org)
  • Alliance for Retired Americans. 04/18/2012. "Hank Johnson supported the interests of the Alliance for Retired Americans 100 percent in 2008." (votesmart.org)
  • Henry C. Johnson. Letter to Democratic Leader Pelosi. 25 July 2011. "We write in strong agreement with your unwavering defense of the Democratic programs that form the bedrock of America's middle and working classes, and which are overwhelmingly popular. On July 7, you made very clear that "We are not going to balance the budget on the backs of America's seniors, women and people with disabilities" and that "we do not support cuts in benefits" for vital safety-net programs. We agree completely. Especially in these tough economic times, we should not be cutting Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid benefits that millions of our constituents paid into and depend on. Such benefit cuts should be off the table in current debt discussions. Our Republican colleagues should be embarrassed by their insistence that unless Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid benefits are cut, the nation will default on its debts. Middle-class families have sacrificed enough, and a deal that pushes the American Dream further out of reach, in order to pay for extending tax breaks for the rich and corporations, is simply unacceptable. We are united as Democrats in saying that it's time to stand up to the Republican hostage-taking. We will not be forced to vote for a "final agreement" that we do not agree to -- and that the American people do not agree to. We stand united with you in insisting that benefit cuts for working families, our seniors, children, and people with disabilities must be off the table, and we stand united with you in fighting for millions of Americans who need Democrats to be firmly on their side." (votesmart.org)
  • Henry C. Johnson. Letter to Members of the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction. 13 October 2011. "We are writing to request that you protect vital programs that comprise our social safety net, including but not limited to Medicaid, Medicare, and Social Security, as well as the programs that provide economic security and opportunity to millions of Americans [¦] It is imperative that we protect vital safety net programs and programs that provide economic security and opportunity to millions of Americans, including those facing or living in poverty. The Census Bureau released data on September 13, 2011, revealing that 15 percent of Americans -- 46.2 million people across this country -- lived in poverty in 2010. This is the largest number of Americans living in poverty since the Census started collecting this data 52 years ago. For our nation's children under 18, 22 percent lived in poverty in 2010. That is 16.4 million children who do not know where their next meal is coming from, where they might be sleeping that night, and who are anxious overall about their well being and that of their parents." (votesmart.org)

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