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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.  

April 27, 2016 Press Release

On Tuesday, a bipartisan, bicameral coalition introduced the Emmett Till Unsolved Civil Rights Crimes Reauthorization Act of 2016.  The House bill (H.R.5067) is led by Rep. John Lewis (D-GA), Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner (R-WI), and Rep. John Conyers (D-MI).  The Senate companion (S.2854) was introduced by Sen. Richard Burr (R-NC), Sen.

February 24, 2016 Press Release

                WASHINGTON--Rep. John Lewis (D-GA) has sponsored a bill (H.R. 2880) that will change the designation of the Martin Luther King Jr. Historic Site to a national historical park, the highest level of historic protection and preservation offered by the federal government.  The Prince Hall Mason Lodge, of which Martin Luther King Jr. was a member, will now be included under this protection as well as King's birth home, Historic Ebenezer Baptist Church, one of the only two churches where King served as pastor, the Martin Luther King Jr. Center, Dr.

January 7, 2016 Press Release

All ships within the John Lewis class named for civil rights heroes

August 17, 2015 Press Release

Julian Bond was one of a kind. We worked together in the Civil Rights Movement and he became one of my closest and dearest friends. He was so smart, so gifted, and so talented. He was deeply committed to making our country a better country. He never, ever became bitter or hostile. We were friends, but we were more like brothers in the struggle.

We went through a difficult period during our campaign for Congress in 1986, but many years ago we emerged even closer. His leadership and his spirit will be deeply missed.

April 2, 2015 Press Release

Periodically, Rep. John Lewis is notified that organizations within the 5th Congressional District have been selected to receive a variety of federal grants.  This federal grants announcement will advise press and constituents of these notifications.  This announcement details about $85,384,729.55 in federal grants coming to the 5th Congressional District.

What is the funding process for federal grants?

October 9, 2014 Press Release

Washington --Today the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights (LCCR), a coalition of 200 civil rights organizations and one of the oldest organizations of its kind in the country, issued its vote ratings for every member of the 113th Congress.  The LCCR has issued the Voting Record for every Congress since 1969.  The scores reflect positions taken by every senator and representative on matters related to legislative priorities deemed important to the advance of civil and human rights.

July 2, 2014 Press Release

      "Today this nation celebrates the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Civil Rights Act  by President Lyndon Johnson.  Over the years it, along with the Voting Rights Act, has been hailed by many legal historians as one of the most transformative pieces of legislation ever passed by the U.S. Congress. 

June 25, 2014 Press Release

WASHINGTON—In 2004, a bill sponsored by Rep. John Lewis (D-GA) in the House and by Sen. Carl Levin (D-MI) in the Senate was passed by the U.S. Congress, granting a Congressional Gold Medal to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. posthumously and to Mrs. Coretta Scott King.  The minting of the medals takes about a year’s time. Unfortunately, Mrs. King fell ill and subsequently died in 2006.  Today the U.S. Congress gathered to complete the effort by giving its highest honor to Dr. and Mrs. King.   Rep.