WEEKLY REVEREND WRAP: Reverend Warnock Pushes for Bipartisan Mental Health Solution for Georgia Farmers, Honors Veterans, Servicemembers in Henry County, Meets with Community Leaders, Small Business Owners in Gwinnett, Fulton and Macon
This week, in Musella, Reverend Warnock spoke with farmers about his ongoing efforts to support farmer mental health. He also honored Memorial Day with Georgia veterans in Henry County. And in Screven County, local police agencies applauded Reverend Warnock’s efforts to invest in officer mental health support, recruitment and retention. Last weekend, Reverend Warnock met with AAPI and community leaders at a small business in Gwinnett County and spoke and cut the ribbon at first field office opening for the “Georgia Votes” Coordinated Campaign—Georgia Democrats’ unified statewide campaign focused on organizing and mobilizing communities across Georgia to elect Democrats up and down the ballot in 2022. He also met with voters at the Atlanta Jazz Festival and community leaders at a small business in Macon.
WARNOCK LEADS BIPARTISAN PUSH TO SUPPORT FARMER MENTAL HEALTH
Following the Lugar Center’s ranking of Reverend Warnock as the 18th most bipartisan Senator in the chamber, Warnock continues to unite leaders across the aisle — this time in support of farmer mental health. In the Senate, Reverend Warnock secured $10 million dollars in mental health resources for Georgia’s farmers. This week in Musella, Georgia, he reiterated his support for farmer mental health, for expanding telehealth access in rural farming communities, and ensuring farmers have the assistance they need to thrive.
Read about Reverend Warnock’s bipartisan work to support the mental health of Georgia farmers below and watch news coverage HERE.
- Senator Raphael Warnock visited Dickey Farms Tuesday to talk about protecting the mental health of farmers. He says on a scale of 1 to 5, farmers on average rank their stress level as 4. Senator Warnock says bringing awareness to mental health helps chip away at the stigma. He says mental health care is health care.
- Senator Raphael Warnock pushed to secure $10 million to support “the Farm and Ranch Stress Assistance Network.” The program helps connect farmers to stress resources. Warnock says some of the things he kept hearing from the farmers at his roundtable discussion was farming needs to become more profitable.
- “From a public policy standpoint, we’ll be doing everything we can. I will be doing everything I can as a member of the agriculture committee to give Georgia farmers the support that they need,” Warnock said.
- Another thing Warnock added to making farming profitable is to make it easier for farmers to be able to pass on their farms from generation to generation. Senator Warnock says he wants to do everything he can to open up supply chains to help drive down price in turn, hopefully driving down the stress for Georgia farmers.
- “We’re glad to see that folks in Washington are paying attention,” he said. “We’ve discussed it for a long time. Hopefully they’ll try to find some solutions, because mental health is something we take serious.”
- Senator Warnock says mental health is as important as physical health. He says he’s working on getting more mental health resources to rural communities.
- “We were able to get $10 million in additional support for a network to support our farmers and our ranchers,” he said. “As I go back to D.C., I’ll be focusing on bringing more people the resources they need.”
- Senator Warnock says in addition to the physical resources, he’s focusing on bringing telehealth to rural farming communities.
HONORING GEORGIA VETERANS
As the son of an Army veteran, Reverend Warnock is devoted to supporting those who have served us. In the Senate, Warnock fought for a $100 million authorization for Fort Stewart to improve barracks on base and secured more than $2.5 million in federal funding to help homeless Georgia veterans re-enter the workforce. This week, Reverend Warnock spoke to veterans in Henry County in honor of Memorial Day.
Watch coverage of Senator Warnock’s Memorial Day speech HERE.
INVESTING IN GEORGIA COMMUNITIES
Reverend Warnock’s Invest to Protect Act, which will invest in officer training, recruitment and retention and mental health support, drew praise from local Georgia law enforcement this week. In the Senate, Warnock continues to fight for first responders, previously securing necessary supplemental funds for the National Guard and Capitol Police.
Read about Reverend Warnock’s latest work below and watch Burke County Sheriff Williams praise the bill HERE.
- A bill sponsored by Senator Raphael Warnock could mean more funding for smaller law enforcement agencies like Burke County.
- “It’s huge for us because it helps shoulder the burden on local taxpayers to provide funding to hire, train and retain the best qualified officers,” Burke County Sheriff Alfonzo Williams said.
- The Invest to Protect Act would create a 50-million-dollar grant program.
- It would allow agencies with less than 200 officers to receive funding for training, equipment, mental health support and officer recruitment and retention.
- Sheriff Williams said the funding would be big help in hiring more deputies.
- “It’s difficult to get people to come into this profession. There’s a huge disconnect between police and community. This offers some opportunities to bring police and community together,” Williams said.
- In other rural parts of Georgia like Screven County it would also be a big help.
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT:
Reverend Warnock spent the week meeting with Georgians across the state. He visited small businesses in Gwinnett County and Macon, helped to open the first field office for the “Georgia Votes” coordinated campaign in Sandy Springs, and spoke with voters at the Atlanta Jazz Festival.
See photos and coverage of Reverend Warnock’s travels below.
Reverend Warnock met with AAPI and community leaders at a small business in Gwinnett, in celebration of AAPI Heritage Month.
WATCH: Reverend Warnock opens the first Georgia Votes field office
Reverend Warnock meets with Georgians at the Atlanta Jazz Festival
- Senator Raphael Warnock spent his Tuesday in Middle Georgia
- Warnock hosted a gathering with community leaders, small businesses and voters at the Rookery in Macon Tuesday evening.
- He got the chance to listen to their concerns as he set out his plan for re-election in November and explained what he has in the works for Georgians.
- “It’s great to back here in Macon, and I’m looking forward to our continued conversations to the people of Georgia. Look it’s the honor of my life to represent the people of the state and the United States Senate and I’ve been focused on passing a bipartisan infrastructure bill, the largest infrastructure bill in the generation lowering the cost of prescription drugs including insulin.”