The Economy and Jobs

What Hank has done:

  • Hank has delivered over $350 million of federal investment in Fourth District job creation since January 2009, including $98 million to save over 1,000 teaching jobs in DeKalb, Rockdale, Newton and Gwinnett counties.
  • Introduced the Fair Employment Act of 2011 – H.R. 1113 – which would amend the Civil Rights Act of 1964 to protect against discrimination on the basis of unemployment status.
  • Secured funds for road projects on Covington Highway, South & North Hairston Road, Sigman Road, Chamblee-Dunwoody Road, Briarcliff Road, and Shallowford Road.
  • Secured funds to train EMTs at DeKalb Technical college, funds to train the chronically unemployed for clean energy jobs at Goodwill Industries of North Georgia, hundreds of thousands of dollars for MARTA, funds for Suniva Inc. to hire additional workers at their Norcross solar panel plant, funds to hire more firefighters for DeKalb County – among others.
  • Voted against the Wall Street bailout.
  • Voted for the Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act that ends the era of abuses by big banks that have cost the American people 8 million jobs and $17 trillion in retirement savings and net worth.
  • Voted for President Obama’s Recovery Act, or stimulus package, which cut taxes for 95% of working families and made critical investments in education, clean energy and infrastructure.
  • Cosponsored the Summer Jobs Act, which passed the House and would create 1,000 summer jobs for Fourth District youths and ease lending to small businesses.  Hank joined White House officials and former Congressional Black Caucus Chairwoman Barbara Lee to urge Senate passage of the bill.
  • Voted for and offered a successful amendment to legislation to reform regulation of Wall Street.  It passed the House of Representatives.
  • Cosponsored the successful legislation that raised the minimum wage to $7.25.
  • Voted for the Employee Free Choice Act, which would crack down on union busting, provide mediation and arbitration for contract disputes, and ease the union forming process.
  • Introduced the Mobile Workforce State Income Tax Fairness and Simplification Act in 2010 and 2011 to ensure that Americans who work in multiple places are not taxed by more than one state or local jurisdiction.
  • Voted against the Peru Free Trade Act and the Columbia Free Trade Act, which would put more Americans out of work during a time of economic hardship.
  • Supported trade adjustment assistance to Americans who become unemployed due to shifting global trade patterns.

What Hank will do:

  • Continue to support investment in job creation for working Americans and the chronically underemployed.
  • Support continued extension of unemployment insurance while unemployment remains high.
  • Continue to call for Congress to respond to the severe deprivations of America’s poorest people, especially during this period of economic difficulty.
  • Continue to protect American workers as they seek to level the playing field in their bargaining with employers.
  • Support tax relief for middle class households.
  • Call for smarter regulation of a financial system that has become too corrupt and complex.