Congressman Steve Cohen

Representing the 9th District of Tennessee

Children and Families

It is important to provide all children and families access to a quality, affordable education and healthcare to help them secure a prosperous future. As a member of Congress, I have championed for legislation that makes it easier for Americans to balance work and family responsibilities, expands support for foster youth care, and serves the needs of children with special behavioral health needs and/or medical disabilities. I also firmly believe that assisting families in their pursuit of higher education is critical for our nation’s growth and success.

More on Children and Families

June 24, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congressman Steve Cohen (TN-09) today announced that Methodist LeBonheur Community Outreach will be receiving a grant payment of $1,050,000 in its ongoing teenage pregnancy prevention program, “Be Proud! Be Responsible!”

The funding underwrites the program through June of 2020.

Congressman Cohen made the following statement:

June 5, 2019 Press Release

 

WASHINGTON – Congressman Steve Cohen (TN-09) today introduced the Supermarket Tax Credit for Underserved Areas Act, a bill to provide tax incentives for the establishment of grocery stores in urban and rural areas that don’t have convenient access to fresh food.

Congressman Cohen made the following statement:

June 4, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congressman Steve Cohen (TN-09) today voted for and the House passed H.R. 6, the Dream and Promise Act, whose Dream Act portion of the bill establishes a process for eligible immigrants brought to the United States as children to apply for legal permanent residency. The Promise Act portion of the bill provides a path to legal permanent residency for individuals who held or were eligible for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) or Deferred Enforced Departure (DED) on January 1, 2017. The vote was 237 to 187.

Congressman Cohen made the following statement:

June 4, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congressman Steve Cohen (TN-09) today announced that St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital will be receiving a $538,500 grant from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences for work in biological chemistry.

Congressman Cohen made the following statement:

“I’m pleased to announce this significant funding for important research that supports advances in identifying, treating and preventing disease. This funding will keep St. Jude at the apex of research into childhood illnesses.”

April 26, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congressman Steve Cohen (TN-09) announced today that the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) will be awarding two grants totaling $9.9 million to two essential Memphis health care institutions.

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital will receive $5,000,729 from the National Institute of Allergy and Infection Diseases to study influenza vaccination and immunity. As the premiere hospital specializing in fighting childhood cancer, this funding will allow for further groundbreaking research.

April 10, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congressman Steve Cohen joined Congresswoman Alma Adams, PhD, Congresswoman Lauren Underwood and more than 30 other members of Congress as founding members of the Black Maternal Health Caucus.

March 27, 2019 In The News

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - A Tennessee lawmaker has introduced a bill that would change the way law enforcement across the country reports DUI arrests.

The DUI Reporting Act would harmonize law enforcement reporting of DUI arrests, allowing police officers anywhere immediate access to the latest data, including pending cases, during traffic stops.

“Repeat offenders are the problems, and repeat offenders need to be known and charged that way,” said Rep. Steve Cohen, D-Tennessee. “They need to get some guaranteed jail time and guaranteed treatment to protect the driving public.”

March 27, 2019 In The News

On Tuesday, Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos went before a House appropriations subcommittee and, as she has in every previous year of the Trump presidency, requested a series of huge cuts to the Department of Education—$7 billion in total this time around, which is roughly 10 percent of the department’s budget. Among the proposals that DeVos made to that end was eliminating the entirety of the $17.6 million in federal spending dedicated to the Special Olympics.

March 26, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congressman Steve Cohen (TN-09) announced today that Christ Community Health Services Inc. will be receiving a grant of $5,416,771 from the Department of Health and Human Services for its ongoing work meeting the needs of the medically underserved.

Congressman Cohen made the following statement:

“This significant grant will help Christ Community Health Services meet the medical care necessities of Memphians most in need, and I applaud its dedication.”

March 25, 2019 In The News

Recently, I testified before the House Budget Committee to advocate for a people-oriented budget that would build a stronger and healthier nation. If our budget is to truly reflect our values, it is time to significantly increase non-defense spending to combat compelling needs at home.