In the southwest corner of Tennessee, Memphis is located on the banks of the Mississippi river and borders both Arkansas and Mississippi. Memphis is steeped in its rich Delta past, but has transformed itself into a 21st Century city and America's distribution center.
The largest city in Tennessee, and among the largest metropolitan areas in the South, Memphis is a bustling hub for BBQ, entertainment and business. Memphis is home to Regional One Health, the regional trauma center for Tennessee, Arkansas and Mississippi, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, which conducts world-class cancer research and treatment, Methodists Hospital, and LeBonheaur Children's Hospital. Home to FedEx, AutoZone, International Paper, Service Master and several other Fortune 500 companies, Memphis is consistently ranked among the best places to conduct business. A center for higher education and research, the Ninth District boasts the University of Memphis, the University of Tennessee-Health Science Center, LeMoyne-Owen College, Rhodes College, Christian Brothers University and the Southern College of Optometry. Due to its central location in the United States and its many business interests, Memphis’ International Airport handles more cargo than any other airport in America and second in the world. Memphis is also home to the University of Memphis Tigers, Memphis Grizzlies, and Memphis Redbirds. Memphis is also home to the historic recoding studios Stax Records and Sun Studio and current recording studios Willie Mitchell's Royal Studios and Ardent Recording Studios.
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WASHINGTON - Today, Congressman Steve Cohen (D-TN-9) announced that the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has awarded $6,796,656 in grants to Memphis and Shelby County public housing agencies under its Capital Fund program.
"Increasing access to quality, affordable housing is crucial for Memphis and Memphians," said Congressman Cohen. "This new federal funding will help the Memphis Housing Authority modernize its housing and improve the quality of life for many residents."
WASHINGTON – Today, in a hearing on highway safety in the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure’s Subcommittee on Highways and Transit, Congressman Steve Cohen provided a statement encouraging the committee to consider his four bipartisan highway safety bills.
“According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 37,133 people lost their lives in accidents on U.S. roadways in 2017. That’s 100 people dying each day in motor vehicle crashes. We must do better, said Congressman Cohen.
WASHINGTON – Congressman Steve Cohen (TN-09) wrote to Attorney General William Barr Thursday asking him to investigate the recent fire at the Highlander Education and Research Center in New Market, Tennessee, for possible violations of federal law. Press accounts indicate a racist symbol, identical to one used by the mass murderer of mosque worshippers in Christchurch, New Zealand, last month, was spray-painted at the sight of the Highlander fire. See the full letter here.
WASHINGTON – Congressman Steve Cohen (TN-09), Chairman of the House Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights and Civil Liberties, led a letter to House Appropriation Committee leaders, signed by 40 of his House colleagues, asking them to include language prohibiting the use of federal funds at businesses owned in whole or in part by President Trump in the annual spending bills for the next fiscal year beginning October 1. See the full letter here.
WASHINGTON – Congressman Steve Cohen (TN-09), a senior member of the House Judiciary Committee, today voted for, and the House passed, the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act (VAWA), which preserves and improves protections for victims of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault and stalking. The vote was 263 to 158.
Congressman Cohen made the following statement:
WASHINGTON – Congressman Steve Cohen (TN-09) today remembered the April 4, 1968 assassination of Civil Rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis. Dr. King was in Memphis to help 1,300 striking sanitation workers and was shot by an assassin. The whole world mourned the death of the Nobel Peace Prize winner.
Congressman Cohen made the following statement:
WASHINGTON – Congressman Steve Cohen (TN-09), a Member of the bicameral U.S. Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe (known as The Helsinki Commission), today made the following statement commemorating the 70th Anniversary of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO).
“NATO remains the most important and critical security link between the United States and Europe. NATO allies and partners in both Central and Eastern Europe have stood alongside the United States in joint peace operations in the Western Balkans, Afghanistan, Iraq, and elsewhere.
WASHINGTON -- Today, Congressman Steve Cohen (TN-09) voted to pass H. Res. 271, a resolution condemning the Trump Administration’s participation in the Texas v. U.S. health care lawsuit seeking to strike down protections for people with pre-existing conditions and the entirety of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), and calling on the Department of Justice to reverse its position in the case. The resolution was adopted on a 240 to 186 vote.
WASHINGTON – Congressman Steve Cohen (TN-09), chairman of the House Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights and Civil Liberties, today voted to authorize the use of subpoena power to compel the Department of Justice to release Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report to Congress. The vote in the Judiciary Committee was 24 to 17.
U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen has asked for a congressional hearing on the impacts of coal-burning energy plants and coal ash dumps on health, groundwater, and aquatic life.
Cohen wants the matter heard before the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, putting the request in a Monday letter to its ranking members and to members of the House Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment.