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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.

July 26, 2017 Press Release

“I have fought too long and hard to end discrimination based on race and color to allow discrimination based on gender identity to be considered acceptable.

“This mean, misguided policy takes us back to another place, a darker time.  How is it acceptable to target those who love our country so much that they put their bodies and livelihood on the lines for its defense?  This is a sad and dark day.

June 22, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Rep. John Lewis will use these prepared remarks today at the SPEAKOUT rally on the East Lawn of the U.S. Capitol at 10:30 AM.  He joins other members of the Democratic leadership, other colleagues, and activists in an effort to persuade this Congress to repair the Voting Rights Act.  Hailed as the most effective voting access tool this nation has ever employed, the heart of the act—the formula used to apply its power to state electoral systems—was gutted by an ill-conceived U.S. Supreme Court decision.  Congress has the ability to repair what was damaged.

March 16, 2017 Press Release

Rep. John Lewis made this statement today on his bill H.R. 267, The Martin Luther King Jr. Historic Park Act of 2017.  The bill expands the physical area of the park to include the Prince Hall Mason Lodge, and upgrades the King historic district to a national park, the highest designation within the National Park Service, offering it the maximum support and sustenance the NPS can offer any site.  Rep. Lewis made this statement in support of the act (video link):

March 13, 2017 Press Release

                WASHINGTON—In response to tensions surrounding immigration during the election season in the Netherlands, Rep.

February 28, 2017 Press Release

Yesterday’s evening news reported that 75 to 100 gravesites were desecrated this past weekend at a Jewish cemetery in Philadelphia.  This followed a recent incident where 170 headstones were knocked off their foundations, cracked and damaged at another Jewish cemetery in Missouri. 

December 12, 2016 Press Release

WASHINGTON-- On Saturday December 10th in its final session of the 114th Congress, the Senate passed the Emmett Till Unsolved Civil Rights Crimes Reauthorization Act of 2016 (S.2854/H.R.5067).  In the Senate the bill was led by Sen. Richard Burr (R-NC), Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT),  Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-MO), and Sen. Roy Blunt (R-MO).  In the House, original sponsors were Rep. John Lewis (D-GA), Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner (R-WI), and Rep. John Conyers, Jr. (D-MI).

 

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July 8, 2016 Press Release

Today, Rep. John Lewis made comments about the series of shootings American communities have faced in recent days, including the horrific murder of police officers in Dallas.  This statement is based on the comments he made during a Congressional Black Caucus press conference today.

July 8, 2016 Press Release

Like so many Americans, I had a chance to view the murder of Alton Sterling on video.  I am not an expert, but to me, it looked like an execution. I cannot understand why any citizen who is complying with police commands should need to fear for his life and then be murdered.  The lives of his wife and children are shattered.  How can they ever be repaired?

June 24, 2016 Press Release

Reps. John Lewis (GA-05) led members of Congress to register their complaints about recent mass raids and deportations by the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) conducted under the name Operation Border Guardian.  Reps. Lewis, G. K. Butterfield (NC-01), Hank Johnson (GA-04), and Alma S. Adams (NC-12) shared their deep concerns in a letter to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) released today.  

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