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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.

April 14, 2014 Press Release

            Rep. John Lewis made this statement about the murders of three people yesterday, on the eve of Passover, by 73-year-old Frazier Glenn Cross of Aurora, Mo.

            "It is deeply tragic that such senseless brutality should occur on the eve of Passover, the time when Jews all over the world remember their liberation from slavery in Egypt thousands of years ago.  Hate itself is a kind of bondage that poisons the well of the soul.  Somehow we must finally learn that it can never be a meaningful answer to human problems.

April 4, 2014 Press Release

                "When Martin Luther King Jr. was shot and killed 46 years ago today, I was in Indianapolis, Indiana working on Robert Kennedy's presidential campaign.  That was a sad and dark hour for this nation and the world community.  We lost a warrior for peace and human dignity who gave all he had so we could live in a better America today.

April 3, 2014 Press Release

WASHINGTON--Today the U.S. Supreme Court made a critical decision that will dramatically affect the quality of the electoral process in the United States.  The decision extends the damage the Citizens United v. FEC decision made to the integrity of U.S. elections by removing the cap placed on the number of campaigns to which one individual can contribute.

March 6, 2014 Press Release

Tomorrow, on the 49th anniversary of Bloody Sunday, Rep. John Lewis will lead a congressional delegation to civil rights sites in Mississippi and Selma, Alabama.  The tour through Mississippi commemorates the Mississippi Freedom Summer project developed by the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) 50 years ago.  Then Chairman of SNCC, Rep.