Government Reform

In Congress, I have taken numerous steps to begin to change the way we do business in Washington and to restore accountability and transparency to government. I have voted for and passed legislation that banned gifts from lobbyists, prohibited the use of corporate jets, and required full disclosure of earmarks. Also I have passed legislation banning pensions for Members of Congress convicted of certain crimes; and strengthening the Freedom of Information Act to increase government transparency.

More on Government Reform

March 5, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congressman Steve Cohen (TN-09), Chairman of the House Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights and Civil Liberties, today presided over a hearing on “Presidential Clemency and Opportunities for Reform.” 

February 11, 2020 Press Release

 

WASHINGTON – Congressman Steve Cohen (TN-09), a senior member of the House Transportation Subcommittee on Railroads, Pipelines and Hazardous Materials, today wrote to Amtrak President and CEO Richard Anderson to ask for accurate and credible evidence that the Amtrak ridership supports decisions to end dining car service on some long-distance routes.

February 10, 2020 Press Release

  

WASHINGTON – Congressman Steve Cohen (TN-09), the Chairman of the House Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights and Civil Liberties, testified this evening before the House Rules Committee, urging the panel to adopt a rule for consideration of a resolution enabling the full ratification of  the Equal Rights Amendment. It would become the 28th Amendment to the United States Constitution. 

February 6, 2020 Press Release

  

WASHINGTON – Congressman Steve Cohen (TN-09), Chairman of the House Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights and Civil Liberties, today presided over a hearing on “Citizens United at 10: The Consequences for Democracy and Potential Responses by Congress.” 

February 6, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congressman Steve Cohen (TN-09) went to the well of the House today to condemn the lack of diversity in President Trump’s appointments to the federal judiciary, to his cabinet and to the Tennessee Valley Authority’s Board of Directors. 

“I’m concerned about the lack of diversity, the lack of care about diversity, that this Administration shows in its appointments and in its actions,” he said. “In the federal judiciary, the President has nominated approximately 250 judges, six of whom are African American. That’s a disturbing and chilling number.” 

February 5, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congressman Steve Cohen (TN-09), a senior member of the House Judiciary Committee that produced the two articles of impeachment against President Trump, expressed disappointment that the Senate did not convict him in its historic votes today.

Congressman Cohen made the following statement:

February 5, 2020 Press Release

 

WASHINGTON – Congressman Steve Cohen (TN-09), a senior member of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee which has oversight of the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) today wrote to President Trump to criticize the lack of diversity in his nominations to the TVA’s board of directors and to urge him to nominate minority and more women candidates to make it representative of the region it serves.

January 29, 2020 Press Release

  

WASHINGTON – Congressman Steve Cohen (TN-09) today voted for, and the House passed, the Comprehensive Credit Rating Enhancement, Disclosure, Innovation and Transparency (CREDIT) Act. The bill features elements of his Free Access to Credit Scores Act and his Equal Employment for All Act. 

January 28, 2020 Press Release

  

WASHINGTON – Congressman Steve Cohen (TN-09), a senior member of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, today questioned General Services Administration (GSA) Administrator Emily W. Murphy at a Subcommittee on Economic Development, Public Buildings and Emergency Management hearing on “GSA Outleases and the Trump Old Post Office Hotel.”   

November 20, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congressman Steve Cohen (TN-09), a senior member of the House Judiciary Committee, today voted to advance the Marijuana Opportunity Reinvestment and Expungement (MORE) Act to the House floor. The committee vote was 24 to 10.