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.

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May 7, 2021 Press Release

MEMPHIS – Congressman Steve Cohen (TN-09) today announced that St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and the University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC) will receive research grants from the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke. The grant to St. Jude, for $448,750, is for work on interneuron circuits in the spinal motor system. The grant to UTHSC, for $154,000, is for genetic research involving mice.

Congressman Cohen made the following statement:

May 6, 2021 Press Release

MEMPHIS – Congressman Steve Cohen (TN-09) will meet with Second Gentleman of the United States Douglas Emhoff and Labor Secretary Martin Walsh as they visit Memphis today and will participate with them in a roundtable discussion at the Benjamin L. Hooks Job Corps Center.

Congressman Cohen made the following statement:

April 28, 2021 Press Release

MEMPHIS – Congressman Steve Cohen (TN-09), a senior member of the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, watched President Biden’s address to a joint session of Congress this evening and made the following statement:

April 28, 2021 Press Release

MEMPHIS -- Congressman Steve Cohen (TN-09) today announced that Porter-Leath Inc. will receive a $110,456 emergency supplemental grant to operate its Head Start Programs in Shelby County from the Administration for Children and Families Office of Head Start.

Congressman Cohen made the following statement:

April 27, 2021 Press Release

MEMPHIS – Congressman Steve Cohen (TN-09) today announced that the Shelby County Board of Education will receive an emergency supplemental grant of $963,101 for Head Start from the Department of Health and Human Services.

Congressman Cohen made the following statement:

April 21, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congressman Steve Cohen (TN-09) today announced that St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital will receive a $179,500 grant from the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development for a genetic study of families with a high frequency of blood cancer.

Congressman Cohen made the following statement:

“I’m pleased that this critical research is continuing at St. Jude and am always supportive of the great work the National Institutes of Health are doing to underwrite this kind of important research.”

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April 15, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congressman Steve Cohen (TN-09) today voted for, and the House passed, the Paycheck Fairness Act, which closes loopholes and strengthens the 1963 Equal Pay Act, including providing effective remedies for women who are not receiving equal pay for equal work. The vote was 217 to 210.

Congressman Cohen made the following statement:

April 7, 2021 Press Release

MEMPHIS – Congressman Steve Cohen (TN-09) today toured the Federal Emergency Management Agency-supported Community Vaccination Center at the Pipkin Building in the old Mid-South Fairgrounds this morning. The expanded center, which can vaccinate 3,000 people per day, was announced by the White House last week as part of a major Biden Administration effort to boost vaccine distribution and outreach. After his tour, Congressman Cohen made the following statement:

April 6, 2021 Press Release

MEMPHIS – Congressman Steve Cohen (TN-09) will tour the Community Vaccination Center at the Pipkin Building at the old Mid-South Fairgrounds on Wednesday. The facility, supported by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), was announced last week by the White House, and will nearly double, to 3,000, the number of daily doses of vaccine that can be administered at the site.

Congressman Cohen will hold a press availability after his tour at a place to be determined outside.

What: Congressman Cohen Tour of Vaccination Center