CORONAVIRUS UPDATE

Last week, I voted in favor of an $8 billion emergency funding package that will go toward combatting the coronavirus. The funding will allow for more diagnostic tests, vaccine development, medical supplies, protection for Americans abroad, and support for the state and local response efforts on the frontlines of the pandemic. To read more, click here.

My top priority is ensuring our health care providers have the resources they need to keep Louisianians safe. This robust, bipartisan funding package will go a long way toward accomplishing that, and it is our responsibility to do so.

ImageTo watch the full video of Rep. Johnson's statement on the coronavirus funding package, click here.

I know the coronavirus is top-of-mind for a lot of folks across the state. As the situation evolves, I wanted to share some important resources that will help keep you and your loved ones healthy and safe.

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Click here for important information and updates from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Click here for updates from the Louisiana Department of Health.

Click here for updates and travel advisories from the U.S. Department of State.

For any questions or concerns regarding the coronavirus, please contact the Louisiana Department of Health at 1-855-523-2652.

 

HAPPENING IN THE HOUSE

This week, the House will consider legislation related to the Senate's Iran War Powers resolution and FISA reauthorization.

Last week, Rep. Johnson voted in favor of an $8 billion emergency funding package that will go toward combatting the coronavirus. Click here to read why he voted yes.

 

ON THE AIRWAVES

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KTBS: Rep. Mike Johnson shared his reaction after attending oral arguments in the U.S. Supreme Court on Louisiana’s admitting privileges law. To watch the full story, click here.

Key Takeaway: "I'm confident that we will get a majority opinion in this case." - Rep. Mike Johnson

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FOX 29: Rep. Mike Johnson announced $26 million for infrastructure improvements at Fort Polk. To watch the full story, click here.

Key Takeaway: Representative Johnson touts this as a win for Fort Polk and says he's grateful for the Army installing top-of-the-line facilities as a display of gratitude for the soldiers' sacrifice and service to our country.

 

IN THE NEWS

NPR: The Supreme Court considered a case on a Louisiana law requiring that doctors at abortion clinics have admitting privileges at a nearby hospital. To read the full story, click here.

Key Takeaway: "There is a long record in Louisiana, as there are in other states, of really gross violations of health and safety standards in the abortion industry, we have more than 20 years of documentation," said Louisiana Congressman Mike Johnson on the steps of the court following oral arguments Wednesday.

KALB: Rep. Mike Johnson announced $26 million for infrastructure improvements at Fort Polk. To read the full story, click here.

Key Takeaway:"This is a huge win for our soldiers at Fort Polk," said Johnson. "They deserve top-of-the-line facilities for their sacrifices and service to this country, and I am grateful the Army decided to prioritize their infrastructure needs as such."

KEEL: Rep. Mike Johnson talked with 101.7 / 710 KEEL's Robert J Wright and Erin McCarty about a case that went before before the Supreme Court, a case that Johnson himself previously argued in the lower court. To read the full story, click here.

Key Takeaway: "The state has an interest in protecting the health and safety of women as long as abortion is legal...that's what this case is about." - Rep. Mike Johnson

 

WEEKLY WRAP-UP 

Louisiana SCOTUS Case: Rep. Mike Johnson attended oral arguments in the U.S. Supreme Court on Louisiana's admitting privileges law. To read more, click here.

Key Takeaway: "The argument of the state of Louisiana, and the one we made early on in this case, is that the abortion industry’s interests are in profits, not patients." - Rep. Mike Johnson

Fort Polk Investments: Rep. Mike Johnson announced the U.S. Army is investing nearly $27 million at Fort Polk for barracks renovations and critical infrastructure replacements. To read more, click here.

Key Takeaway: “This is a huge win for our soldiers at Fort Polk. They deserve top-of-the-line facilities for their sacrifices and service to this country, and I am grateful the Army decided to prioritize their infrastructure needs as such," - Rep. Mike Johnson

 

POST OF THE WEEK

This was a big day for the state of Louisiana and for commonsense health and safety regulations.

Let us be in prayer for our friends who believe in the sanctity of every human life, for the supporters of women's health, and for the outcome of this monumental case. #SupremeCourt

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LOUISIANA TRIVIA CHALLENGE

Congratulations to Avery Jimes for winning last week's trivia challenge! The highest summit in Louisiana is Driskill Mountain in Bienville Parish.

Avery asks, "Which French king was Louisiana named in honor of?"

Please email your answers to la04.newsletter@mail.house.gov. The first emailer to submit the right answer will get to submit next week's question. We will notify the winner of this week's trivia challenge by Friday.

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