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June 25, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON Rep. John Lewis (D-GA) submitted the following Floor Statement in support of H.R. 7120, the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act, that passed the U.S. House of Representatives by a vote of 236 to 181 on June 25.

Mr. Lewis:  Madam Speaker, I rise in strong support of H.R. 7120, the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act. 

June 3, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Co-Chairs of the Congressional Caucus on Black-Jewish Relations Representatives John Lewis (GA-05), Brenda Lawrence (MI-14), Debbie Wasserman Schultz (FL-23), Lee Zeldin (NY-01), and Will Hurd (TX-23) released the following statement condemning the murder of George Floyd and calling for an end to systematic racism in America.

"The Congressional Caucus on Black-Jewish Relations unequivocally condemns all forms of racism and violence towards the Black community.

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. 

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.  

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.

April 6, 2017 Press Release

“I watched in horror today at the news reports of the chemical weapons attack on the Syrian people.  Tiny little children, babies in their mothers’ arms were struggling for life.  Their innocent beauty and the hopefulness in their little eyes was deeply distressing, knowing that their lives have been change forever. 

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):

December 13, 2016 Press Release

      As the cost of war skyrockets and its contribution to the federal deficit continues to increase, it is important that Americans fully understand where their tax dollars are spent and how they are spent.  This accounting is especially important as cuts are proposed to important safety net programs like Medicare and Social Security, as well as to services for the unemployed, elderly, women, families and children. 

July 15, 2016 Press Release

In advance of Nelson Mandela International Day and in response to recent violence, Congressman Lewis introduced a revised and updated version of the Securing American Families by Educating and Training You (SAFETY) through Nonviolence Act and the Gandhi-King Scholarly Exchange Initiative Act.  These bills help provide the basis for a 21st century recommitment to the philosophy and discipline of nonviolence by helping to support and renew peace and nonviolence strategies in the United States and around the world.

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.

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