Rep. Hank Johnson’s E-Newsletter for Feb. 3 , 2012

From congressman Hank Johnson, 4th District of Georgia: Seniors; Veterans' COLA; Vets' homes; Jobs; Stocks; Gabby; Class; Transportation; RWJF; Heroes; Back on their feet; Conyers; Health fair.


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Rep. Hank Johnson’s E-Newsletter for Feb. 3, 2012

Dear Friends,

It was great to see so many familiar and friendly faces at the DeKalb NAACP Martin Luther King Jr. Parade & Rally in Stone Mountain on Jan. 16. Thank you to everyone who made it such a successful event. Honoring Dr. King is always a special day.

Here’s the latest from Washington, D.C. and the Fourth District.

SENIOR CONNECTIONS: On Saturday, March 3, registered dietitians will lead a 2-hour class at the Mack Love Community Center – “Truth & Consequences of Living with Diabetes” Workshop for Seniors. Participation is limited due to the interactive nature of the class. Registration is available online at or by reserving a seat via mail to: Diabetes Workshop, Senior Connections, 5238 Peachtree Road, Atlanta, GA 30341.

VETERANS TO RECEIVE 2012 COLA: Veterans, their families, and survivors receiving benefits from the Department of Veterans Affairs saw a 3.6 percent increase in their compensation and pension benefits beginning January 1. The full rates are available HERE.

SAVING VETERANS’ HOMES: For veterans and service members who have trouble meeting their mortgage obligations or anticipate problems in the near future, there's help under the Service Members Civil Relief Act. For more, click HERE.

SUMMER YOUTH JOBS: I support President Obama’s proposed $1.5 billion summer jobs for low-income youth 16-24 in the summer of 2012. For more, read about the program in On Common Ground News or click HERE.

STOCK ACT: I’m proud to support the Stop Trading on Congressional Knowledge or STOCK Act, which prohibits members of Congress, their staff, executive branch employees, and any other person from trading stocks based on information not available to the public. We need to come together to enact this bipartisan legislation and make sure the same rules that apply to people in the private sector apply to Congress. For more, click HERE.

GABBY RETIRES: In my five years in Congress, I’ve never seen such an outpouring of genuine goodwill as I witnessed Jan. 24 for Gabby Giffords in her appearance at the State of the Union address. I’ll never forget huddling with her against the bitter cold on that historic Inauguration Day on January 20, 2009. Her strength and message of civility are an inspiration to the world. For more, click HERE.

THE CLASS ACT: I fought this week against efforts to repeal the CLASS Act, the first federal program to provide long-term health care for disabled seniors and support for their caregivers. This bill will allow individuals to live independently at home and in the community for as long as possible without impoverishing themselves. I know this legislation is ambitious and addresses a difficult problem, but we should fix the CLASS Act, not scrap it altogether.

MORE HELP FOR TRANSPORTATION: Congratulations to Georgia Tech, Georgia State, Clark Atlanta and Spelman College, which will share a $3.5 million DOT grant to study transportation systems, infrastructure needs and economic development.

RWJF AWARDS $2.77M TO GA PROJECTS: I am pleased to announce that the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) – which works to improve the health and health care of all Americans – awarded nine new grants totaling $2.77 million in Georgia in 2011. With these recent awards, 24 projects in Georgia are currently receiving a total of $16.74 million in RWJF support. For more, click HERE.

NOMINATE A CITIZEN HERO: Every year, in conjunction with the National Medal of Honor Day, three U.S. citizens are awarded “Citizen Service Before Self Honors” near the Tomb of the Unknowns at Arlington Cemetery. Please help our nation’s greatest heroes find America’s unsung heroes. Nominate an honoree HERE today! The deadline is Feb. 10.

GETTING BACK ON THEIR FEET: Formerly Incarcerated Persons Effective Re-Entry Collaborative (FIP/ERC) is holding a town hall discussion on Feb. 25 at the Wesley Chapel Library from 2 to 4 p.m. This is a discussion for families impacted by incarceration. The library is at 2861 Wesley Chapel Road, Decatur, 30034.

CONYERS PD OFFERS SPRING CITIZENS POLICE ACADEMY: The Conyers Police Department (CPD) is preparing to once again offer a Citizens Police Academy for local residents and business owners in the community this spring. The CPD Citizens Police Academy will offer the 10-week academy on Tuesdays beginning March 20 at 6:30 p.m. For more information, click HERE.

HEALTH FAIR: A big thank you goes out to CrossRoadsNews for holding their 7th Annual Health & Wellness and Beauty Expo last weekend at the Mall at Stonecrest. Our office provided information about the Affordable Care Act, Medicare, Social Security and a host of other federal issues. For more, click HERE.

As always, I appreciate your time and feedback. Thank you for allowing me the opportunity to represent you in Congress.

February 3, 2012



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