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March 25, 2020 Page

Updated: March 15, 2020

Please contact your employer with questions about paid sick leave and paid family and medical leave plans available to you. 

March 25, 2020 Page

Georgia Department of Labor


Updated: March 30, 2020

Many people who lost their job or were laid off are applying for unemployment benefits for the first time.  The CARES Act provides additional Pandemic Unemployment Assistance benefits for Americans workers in need of a helping hand.  

June 5, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON – In the United States, there are more than 400,000 children in the child welfare system.  Of these foster youth, over 100,000 children eagerly await a permanent family.  Unfortunately, LGBTQ youth are overrepresented in the foster care system.  An estimated 30 percent of foster youth identify as LGBTQ, and they are more likely to experience poor treatment, discrimination, or violence while in care. 

March 21, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Ways & Means Oversight Subcommittee Chairman John Lewis (D-GA) and Worker and Family Support Subcommittee Chairman Danny K. Davis (D-IL) sent a letter to two U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) officials regarding an HHS waiver that exempts organizations from federal foster care religious non-discrimination rules under the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA).

January 23, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Today, three key members of the U.S. House of Representatives joined community organizations in opposing the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services action granting a waiver to the State of South Carolina allowing religious organizations to use federal funds to discriminate against foster families on the basis of religion and sexual orientation.

June 20, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Rep. John Lewis (D-GA) made the following statement in response to the administration’s executive order issued today that authorizes the indefinite detention of children in violation of decades of Federal child welfare law:

“Make no mistake:  Today’s executive order fails to address or end this moral crisis.  It merely replaces the unacceptable evil of family separation with the unacceptable evil of child detention. 

May 18, 2018 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Today, the U.S. House of Representatives rejected H.R. 2, the Agriculture and Nutrition Act of 2018, by a vote of 198 to 213.  Rep. John Lewis strongly opposed this flawed legislation and issued the below statement following the vote:

November 8, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON — Today during the House Ways and Means Committee markup of H.R. 1, the House Republican tax cut bill, Reps. John Lewis (GA), Ron Kind (WI), Judy Chu (CA), Suzan K. DelBene (WA), Lloyd Doggett (TX), Brian Higgins (NY), Danny K. Davis (IL), and Earl Blumenauer (OR) offered an amendment to restore the “Johnson Amendment”.  

This simple amendment would restore the 53-year standard that prohibits religious, nonprofit, charitable, and related organizations from engaging in political activities.

November 7, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON — Today, the House Ways and Means Committee reconvened to continue markup of irresponsible H.R.1, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. 

The committee considered eight amendments offered by Democrats. Republicans voted down amendments that would have helped the middle class by extending the child tax credit, encouraging employers to hire veterans, reinstating the adoption tax credit, and taxing corporations at the same rate domestically and abroad. They voted against the middle class. They voted against what is best for America. 

November 3, 2017 Page

On December 19 and 20, 2017, Congressional Republicans passed H.R. 1, their bill to cut taxes for the richest Americans and for corporations on the backs of working and middle-class families, students, and seniors.

This plan, first introduced in the House on November 2, affects every American, every taxpayer in current and future generations.  In response to constituent concerns about this bill's impact, the below pages track every aspect of the bill's movement in the House and Senate.  

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