ATLANTA – Congresswoman Nikema Williams (GA-05) issued the following statement today—her 100th day as a Member of Congress.
“My first 100 days of service to the people of the Fifth District were the most historic for any freshman Member,” said Congresswoman Williams. “From the American Rescue Plan to building on the legacy of John Lewis with the For the People Act, I am passing landmark legislation with my fellow House Democrats. We also defeated a domestic terrorist attack from white supremacists on the U.S. Capitol and impeached the former President for inciting the attack. As President of the House Freshman Democratic Caucus, I have had a front-row seat to the highs and lows of these first 100 days of the 117th Congress. I look forward to working with Speaker Pelosi and the Democratic Caucus as we continue to deliver on the promise of America for all.”
In her first 100 days, Congresswoman Williams has established herself as a legislative leader:
- Co-sponsored 150 pieces of legislation;
- Sponsored three pieces of legislation;
- Co-led eight bills and resolutions;
- Cast 96 votes;
- Attended 16 hearings; and
- Passed two amendments: one making Election Day a federal holiday and one to assist people interfacing with HUD with voter registration.
Promises Made, Promises Kept by Congresswoman Williams:
Congresswoman Williams is the link between the White House and the Fifth District:
- On March 19, Congresswoman Williams greeted President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris as they visited the District-based Centers for Disease Control and Prevention;
- Received briefing from CDC leaders on the fight against COVID-19;
- Took part in Vice President Harris’ first meeting in her ceremonial office; and
- Discussed how to build a better future for Black communities.
Addressed the Nation on the floor of the House of Representatives:
Delivered Relief for Families Hurt by COVID-19 Pandemic:
- 3,500 meal kits and COVID-19 survival boxes in Dekalb County
- 2,660 meals for families of Atlanta Public Schools students
Brought healing after anti-Asian hate crime:
- Co-hosted delegation of Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus members visiting Asian spas targeted during March 16 shooting rampage – two of the spas are in the Fifth District;
- Heard from families of the victims about how to stop the senseless gun violence in America;
- Joined roundtable of local AAPI leaders to learn how to stop the growing epidemic of Asian hate; and
- Introduced bi-cameral resolution denouncing anti-Asian hate.
Congresswoman Williams has provided exceptional leadership for the Fifth District, passing the American Rescue Plan with relief for the people of Georgia:
- Guaranteed $1,400 relief checks for more than 6,255,700 adults and 2,919,400 children;
- Provided up to $3,600 in relief per child through the Child Tax Credit for the families of 2,274,000 children lifting 171,000 children out of poverty;
- Supported additional relief of nearly $1,000 through the Earned Income Tax Credit to 572,000 childless workers; and
- Helped lower marketplace health insurance premiums that are $1,406 lower per month for a 60-year-old couple earning $75,000 per year.
Thanks to Congresswoman Williams passing the American Rescue Plan, the people of the Fifth District will benefit from:
- Over $877 million for school districts in GA-05;
- More than $672 million for local governments in to ensure funding for vital projects;
- $21.2 million for Community Health Centers to expand access to COVID-19 vaccines in marginalized communities; and
- $369,991,535 secured for Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport and $148,000 for Charlie Brown Field to maintain the District’s status as an aviation hub.
Congresswoman Williams has been a sounding board for local leaders:
- Met with the mayors of Brookhaven, City of South Fulton, College Park, Decatur, East Point, and Forest Park;
- Learned how they will use American Rescue Plan funding for critical infrastructure and what Congress can do to keep the Fifth District growing;
- Briefed by Clark Atlanta University President on how CAU will continue to strengthen its research; and
- Heard from Fulton County public health officials leading COVID-19 vaccine efforts on how the federal government can help get more shots in arms.
Looking Forward to Good Trouble
Congresswoman Williams continues to embody the words of the late Congressman John Lewis who said, “When you see something that is unfair and unjust, you have a moral obligation to do something, get in the way. Get in Good Trouble.” She carries that same spirit with her and her passion for a number of legislative issues—including voting rights, reproductive justice, social justice, economic justice and healthcare—as she addresses delivering on the promise of America for all.