As the new Congress convenes, and with Republicans in control of both the House of Representatives and the Senate, Republican leadership has made repealing the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) their top priority. I wanted to share with you some useful information about the benefits of the ACA for Tennessee and how its repeal could affect you.
If you have questions or problems with Social Security, Medicare, FHA, the VA or other federal agencies, I hope my staff can help. From 11am to 1pm on Friday, February 24, staff from my Memphis office will be on hand at the Whitehaven Branch Library (4120 Millbranch Rd) to answer your questions and provide assistance dealing with federal agencies.
On Saturday, October 22, the Big River Crossing pedestrian/bike path across the Harahan Bridge opened to the public. In 2012, I was proud to work with then-U.S. Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood to secure nearly $15 million in federal funding through the TIGER grant program for this project. Big River Crossing connects Shelby Farms by bike through downtown Memphis and into Arkansas, utilizing the historic Harahan Bridge to provide a crossing of the Mississippi River. It is the country’s longest active rail, bicycle and pedestrian bridge across the Mississippi River.
I joined President Obama on an historic trip to Cuba. This was the first trip to Cuba by a United States President in 88 years. While there, I honored my friend and Cuban baseball legend Minnie Minoso by wearing my autographed Minnie Minoso hat and distributing hats to President Obama and Cuban President Raul Castro. I also distributed pins and baseball cards, given to me by the Chicago White Sox, to various officials.
I was featured on CBS Evening News for my bill, the SEAT Act (H.R. 4490), to require the FAA to establish a minimum seat size on commercial airlines as well as a minimum distance between rows of seats to protect the safety and health of airline passengers.
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