One of the main responsibilities of Congress is to determine how taxpayer dollars are distributed throughout the nation. I work hard to make sure that programs that will help the Ninth District receive adequate funding. It is important that we ensure economic security for hard-working American families and small businesses by providing adequate funding for our nation’s transportation projects, Social Security and Medicare, and medical research.
I am proud to have supported budgets that prioritize job creation, financing public investments, strengthening the middle and working classes, and raising adequate revenue to meet budgetary needs while simultaneously restoring fairness to the tax code, protecting social insurance programs, and ensuring fiscal sustainability for years to come.
In 2015, I voted in favor of the bipartisan Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2016, which secured funding for important government programs, such as the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). It extended the Wind Production Tax Credit (PTC) through 2019, delayed the implementation of the “Cadillac Tax” until 2020, and made additional investments in Head Start and early childhood development, among many other provisions. Also, I am proud to have secured an extra $4 million in the budget to help reduce the backlog of untested rape kits in Memphis.
In 2014, I supported the Congressional Progressive Caucus (CPC) budget when it was offered as a substitute to the Republican Budget. The CPC budget would have made significant investments aimed at getting Americans back to work. These investments would have created jobs, repaired and modernized our nation’s roads, bridges, and water infrastructure, fostered investment in teachers and schools, and provided training programs for the nation’s unemployed.
Protecting Medicare and Social Security
I have consistently voted to protect funding for Medicaid, Medicare, and Social Security to ensure that these programs remain solvent for future generations. I will not vote to make severe cuts to these programs because I believe that given our current economic climate it would be inhumane of us to not provide aid to those individuals who need it the most.
Scale Back Tax Cuts
While I wish to see the United States return to a fiscally responsible budget, I do not believe that we should attempt to balance our budget by asking the poor and the middle class to contribute more than wealthier Americans. I continue to believe that the only realistic way to balance our nation's budget is to scale back needless business subsidies and end the Bush-era tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans. By requiring the wealthiest to pay their fair share we could put America on track for a balanced budget without putting a burden on the middle class.
More on Budget
WASHINGTON – Congressman Steve Cohen (TN-09), the Ranking Member of the House Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution and Civil Justice, today introduced amendments to the annual Department of the Interior, Environment and Related Agencies Appropriations Act for Fiscal Year 2019 (H.R. 6147) to prohibit the federal government from spending money at businesses owned by President Trump. The Congressman contends such spending violates a Constitutional anti-corruption provision that prohibit any President from receiving funding from the federal government beyond his salary.
WASHINGTON – Congressman Steve Cohen (TN-09), the Ranking Member of the House Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution and Civil Justice, expressed frustration tonight that his effort to amend another spending bill with language prohibiting federal spending at businesses owned by President Trump, this time by Department of Defense programs, was prevented from consideration by the House Majority.
WASHINGTON – Congressman Steve Cohen (TN-09) voted today against a massive $1.3 trillion spending bill, noting it contained the wrong priorities while leaving critical issues unaddressed.
The measure passed 256-167.
Congressman Cohen noted that the 2,232-page measure was rushed through without adequate time for review. What was clear from the hurry-up effort was that a provision to protect Special Counsel Robert Mueller from firing was not in the bill while a massive, unnecessary and budget-busting Defense spending increase was included.
WASHINGTON – Congressman Steve Cohen (TN-09) voted for the budget compromise that passed the House 240 to 186 this morning, and made the following statement:
[WASHINGTON, D.C.] – The House Rules Committee tonight blocked eight of the 16 appropriations amendments offered by Congressman Steve Cohen (TN-09) to prohibit federal spending at Trump-owned hotels, resorts and other Trump-owned businesses. The other eight amendments have yet to be considered by the House Rules Committee The amendments were offered to the upcoming appropriations package that is scheduled to be considered on the House floor this week.
[WASHINGTON, D.C.] — Congressman Steve Cohen, who serves as the Ranking Member of the House Judiciary Committee on the Constitution and Civil Justice, today introduced a series of 16 appropriations amendments to prohibit federal spending at Trump-owned hotels, resorts and other Trump-owned businesses. The amendments were offered to an upcoming appropriations package that is scheduled to be considered on the House floor in September.