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

September 21, 2020 Press Release

 

MEMPHIS – Congressman Steve Cohen (TN-09) today announced a grant of $374,456 to the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital from the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development for research on the genetics of Down Syndrome.

Congressman Cohen made the following statement:

“This important work by St. Jude will help us better understand Down Syndrome. I’m pleased to announce this significant support that will keep researchers in their labs advancing scientific discovery.”

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September 18, 2020 Press Release

MEMPHIS – Congressman Steve Cohen (TN-09), a senior member of the House Judiciary Committee, today expressed profound sadness for her family and for the nation on the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. He made the following statement:

September 18, 2020 Press Release

MEMPHIS – Congressman Steve Cohen (TN-09) today announced a grant of $877,232 to the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases for antibiotic research.

Congressman Cohen made the following statement:

“I’m pleased that St. Jude continues its important work with antibiotics during this ongoing coronavirus pandemic. It’s good to see our scientists and lab technicians hard at work on their important scientific pursuits.”

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September 17, 2020 Press Release

MEMPHIS – Congressman Steve Cohen (TN-09) today voted for, and the House passed, the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act, which would prohibit an employer from requiring a pregnant worker to accept an accommodation that she didn’t agree to and from retaliating against a worker for requesting or using a reasonable accommodation. Employers also could not deny employment opportunities based on the need for reasonable accommodations or require an employee to take paid or unpaid leave instead of providing a reasonable accommodation.

The vote was 329 to 73.

September 16, 2020 Press Release

MEMPHIS – Congressman Steve Cohen (TN-09) today announced the National Institutes of Health have awarded significant grants to the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and the University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC). St. Jude will receive $2,101,865 from the National Cancer Institute for work on telehealth-based exercises for childhood cancer survivors. UTHSC will receive $418,384 for clinical research into neurological disorders from the National Institute for Neurological Disorders and Stroke.

Congressman Cohen made the following statement:

September 15, 2020 Press Release

MEMPHIS – Congressman Steve Cohen, a senior member of the House Judiciary Committee, today spoke in favor of, and voted in the Committee to advance to the House floor, the Creating a Respectful and Open World for Natural Hair, or CROWN Act. The measure would prohibit discrimination based on race-based hair styles by extending statutory protection in the workplace to hair texture and protective styles such as braids, twists and knots.

September 14, 2020 Press Release

 

MEMPHIS – Congressman Steve Cohen (TN-09) today announced that St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital will receive a $500,813 grant from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences for medical research focusing on protein synthesis in ribosomes.

Congressman Cohen made the following statement:

“This is a significant investment in basic research that is likely to advance our knowledge in molecular biology. I’m pleased that this funding will keep our St. Jude researchers working in their labs to make life-sustaining breakthroughs.”

September 9, 2020 Press Release

MEMPHIS – Congressman Steve Cohen (TN-09) today announced that St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital will receive a grant of $4,950,350 from the National Institute on Aging for research on aging.

Congressman Cohen made the following statement:

September 6, 2020 Press Release

 MEMPHIS – Congressman Steve Cohen (TN-09) released the following statement after learning of the passing of his friend, former State Senator Curtis Person:

August 31, 2020 Press Release

MEMPHIS – Congressman Steve Cohen (TN-09) today announced that the Porter-Leath Head Start Programs will be receiving a grant of $1,207,183 from the Administration for Children and Families-Office of Head.

Congressman Cohen made the following statement: