Children, Women, and Families
Poverty in Metro Atlanta is all too real; nearly one-quarter of our community struggles just to feed their families, educate their children, and just make ends meet. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, almost 50 million Americans are living in poverty; of this number, almost 16 million are children.
As a member of the Ways and Means Human Resources Subcommittee, I fight to protect programs serving women, children in foster care, and struggling families. Now, more than ever we must ensure that the programs serving the disenfranchised, the forgotten, and the backbones of our community do not end up on the chopping block.
I champion legislation and initiatives which not only help families survive hard times and emerge from poverty, but become self-sufficient in the long-term. In addition to introducing the Look-Back Elimination Act, the National Parents Corps Act, and the Stephanie Tubbs Jones Assets for Independence Act, I also cosponsor
- The Paycheck Fairness Act, a bill to eliminate pay disparities between men and women;
- The Healthy Families Act, a bill to establish a national paid sick days standard; and
- The Family and Medical Leave Act, a bill to expand and improve FMLA benefits.
We cannot cut the programs which provide a key social net to struggling families. There must be adequate funding for domestic and global programs like Women Infants and Children, Child Survival and Health, Legal Services Corporation, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, Community Development Block Grants, Economic Development Assistance programs, Adult Employment and Training Services, Title X Family Planning, International Family Planning, and Community Service Block Grants.
I am also a member of the following Caucuses:
- The Congressional Out of Poverty Caucus
- The Human Trafficking Caucus
- The Victim’s Rights Caucus
- The Missing and Exploited Children Caucus
- The Congressional Coalition on Adoption
- The Foster Care Caucus
More on Children, Women, and Families
Representative John Lewis’ (GA)
Opening Comment for the
Ways and Means Full Committee Hearing on
The Disproportionate Impact of COVID-19 on Communities of Color
May 27, 2020
Good Afternoon. Thank you, Mr. Chairman, for holding this important and timely hearing.
WASHINGTON, DC – House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Richard E. Neal (D-MA), Oversight Subcommittee Chairman John Lewis (D-GA), Worker & Family Support Subcommittee Chairman Danny K. Davis (D-IL), and Senate Finance Committee Ranking Member Ron Wyden (D-OR) today condemned a final rule by the Trump Administration that guts key data points from the Adoption and Foster Care Analysis and Reporting System (AFCARS) modernization designed to improve outcomes for LGBTQ+, American Indian and Alaska Native foster youth.
Last week, my office hosted a webinar to assist Metro Atlanta small businesses with identifying critical
Updated: April 28, 2020
There are options available for those who may be in need of food assistance. You may learn more about Georgia’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) here.
WASHINGTON – Today, Ways and Means Oversight Subcommittee Chairman John Lewis (GA-05) and Select Revenue Measures Subcommittee Chairman Mike Thompson (CA-05) released a letter written to Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin asking for answers about continued delays of stimulus payments to millions of Americans. The Chairmen cited news reports of payments incorrectly going to tax preparers or third-party banks and not the intended taxpayer. They demanded answers about these delays and returned payments, including what steps are being done to correct these mistakes.
WASHINGTON – Today, Ways and Means Oversight Subcommittee Chairman John Lewis (GA-05) and Select Revenue Measures Subcommittee Chairman Mike Thompson (CA-05) wrote to Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin asking for an immediate explanation regarding news reports that the President’s name was being added to the economic impact payments at the last minute and potentially delaying the delivery of this badly needed economic relief.
Updated: March 15, 2020
Please contact your employer with questions about paid sick leave and paid family and medical leave plans available to you.
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.
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).