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Georgia Rep. Hank Johnson Attacks New GOP Budget Plan

U.S. Rep. Hank Johnson, D-Georgia, spoke with Rose Scott and Denis O’Hayer in the studio on May 5, 2015.
U.S. Rep. Hank Johnson, D-Georgia, spoke with Rose Scott and Denis O’Hayer in the studio on May 5, 2015.
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In a wide-ranging interview on “A Closer Look,” Rep. Hank Johnson, D-Georgia, had strong words for the new federal budget plan passed by the Republican majority in Congress.

Johnson, whose district includes Rockdale County and parts of DeKalb, Gwinnett and Newton Counties, also discussed his recent speech on the House floor – in which he said, “It feels like open season on black men in America.”

Johnson also spoke with Rose Scott and Denis O’Hayer about his bill to put more restrictions on bids by local law enforcement authorities to acquire military-grade equipment from the U.S. Defense Department.

Part 1 of “A Closer Look” interview with Rep. Hank Johnson. In this section, Rep. Johnson discusses police relations with the communities they serve and his bill to restrict local law enforcement’s ability to acquire military-grade equipment from the U.S. Defense Department. Part 2 of “A Closer Look” interview with Rep. Hank Johnson. In this section, Rep. Johnson criticizes the budget plan passed by Republican majorities in the U.S. House and Senate and warns of possible negative consequences. He also talks about his support for former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in the race for the Democratic presidential nomination.