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. For this reason, in the 114th Congress, I cosponsored the American Opportunity Tax Credit Act of 2015 (H.R. 1260), which enables families to offset the increasing cost of college tuition by growing the savings they can receive per student through tax credit. 

More on Children and Families

February 17, 2017 Enewsletters

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February 16, 2017 Press Release

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] – Congressman Steve Cohen (TN-09) today voted against H.J.Res 43, a resolution that would overturn a rule issued by the Department of Health and Human Services under the Obama Administration to ensure that patients can access Title X family planning and preventive health services through any Title X-qualified provider, including Planned Parenthood. Title X helps ensure that millions of women who have low incomes or are uninsured have access to birth control, cancer screenings, STI tests, and other basic care. H.J.Res 43 passed the House by a vote of 230-188.

February 14, 2017 Press Release

[WASHINGTON, D.C.]— Today, Congressman Steve Cohen (D-TN) and Congressman Ted Poe (R-TX), co-founder of the Congressional Victims’ Rights Caucus, introduced H.R. 1035, Extending Justice for Sex Crime Victims Act of 2016. The bi-partisan bill harmonizes the statute of limitations for sex abuse victims and sex trafficking victim minors to 28, rather than the current age of 21.

January 11, 2017 Press Release

Washington, D.C. (Jan. 11, 2016) — Today, Congressmen Elijah E. Cummings (D-MD), John J. Duncan, Jr. (R-TN), and Steve Cohen (D-TN) sent a letter to Congressmen Bill Shuster (R-PA) and Peter DeFazio (D-OR), Chairman and Ranking Member of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, to request a hearing on school bus safety.

January 6, 2017 Enewsletters

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December 9, 2016 Enewsletters

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December 7, 2016 Press Release

[WASHINGTON, DC] – Congressman Steve Cohen (TN-09), a member of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, today introduced the Bring Enhanced Liability in Transportation for Students (BELTS) Act to help protect children who ride on school buses. The bill would create federal grants to purchase new school buses with lap/shoulder seat belts or equip existing ones with such belts and creates federal grants to equip school buses with motion-activated detection systems.

October 21, 2016 Enewsletters

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October 18, 2016 Press Release

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] – Congressman Steve Cohen (TN-09) released the following statement today regarding the Social Security Administration’s announcement that there will only be a 0.3% increase in the annual cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) for Social Security and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) recipients in 2017.