Science and Technology

As a member of Congress, I have supported federal funding for programs like the National Science Foundation (NSF), which has led to several innovations in engineering and technology. I will continue to support legislation that will increase funding for technological and scientific research, especially in the Memphis medical community.

As a long-time supporter of STEM education programs, I know that engineering and computer science are increasingly important subjects for all of our children to study. In Congress, I have cosponsored several bills that would improve funding and accessibility to STEM programs across the country, including legislation that created grants for encouraging underrepresented minority or low-income students to pursue STEM careers.

In Fall 2016, I voted for the budget agreement for Fiscal Year 2017 which provides funding for essential government programs including National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). The bill provided $19.65 billion to NASA, which was $600 million more than the agency’s original request.

As a member of Congress, I will continue to encourage progress in science and technology for the American people. 

More on Science and Technology

March 27, 2020 Press Release

  

WASHINGTON – Congressman Steve Cohen (TN-09) flew into Washington from Memphis this morning to cast a decisive, once-in-a-generation vote on a critical Coronavirus Response bill. The measure passed this afternoon and is expected to be swiftly signed into law. 

 

March 23, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congressman Steve Cohen (TN-09) today announced that the University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC) will receive a $429,577 grant from the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases for research into enterocolitis pathogenesis. 

Congressman Cohen made the following statement: 

March 23, 2020 Press Release

  

WASHINGTON – Congressman Steve Cohen (TN-09) today led a letter to Vice President Mike Pence and the White House Coronavirus Task Force asking why the United States did not follow World Health Organization guidance, available since January 17, for manufacturing Covid-19 tests and instead relied on a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) test, which was found to be inoperable on March 1. Workable test kits were not available in all 50 states until March 9. 

March 19, 2020 Press Release

  

WASHINGTON – Congressman Steve Cohen (TN-09), a senior member of the House Transportation and Infrastructure’s Aviation Subcommittee, today joined Congresswoman Bonnie Watson Coleman (NJ-12) and Congressman Jesus “Chuy” Garcia (IL-04) in writing to House and Senate leaders negotiating a possible airline bailout urging them to include consumer and other protections in any deal. 

March 18, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congressman Steve Cohen (TN-09), a member of the Committee on Science, Space and Technology, today announced that the University of Memphis will receive  a grant of $297,822 from the National Science Foundation to improve statistical literacy.

Congressman Cohen made the following statement:

March 16, 2020 Press Release

Coronavirus Update

  

In an effort to keep TN-09 constituents up to date on the coronavirus situation, I will share updates with important information.  I hope you’ll take some time to look at this information.  As always, if you need to reach my office please call 901-544-4131 for the Memphis office and 202-225-3265 for the D.C. office. Updates will be posted on my website: www.Cohen.House.Gov. 

March 11, 2020 Press Release

 

WASHINGTON – Congressman Steve Cohen (TN-09), a member of the Science, Space and Technology Subcommittee on Research and Technology, today questioned Dr. Walter G. Copan, Undersecretary of Commerce for Standards and Technology and Director of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), about the origins of inaccuracies in some facial recognition algorithms.  Last December, NIST found significant differences between the accuracy of algorithms and their ability to properly identify people of color.  

 

Congressman Cohen asked: 

March 4, 2020 Press Release

  

WASHINGTON – Congressman Steve Cohen (TN-09) today voted for, and the House passed, an $8.3 billion emergency spending measure to address the ongoing coronavirus outbreak. The vote was 415 to 2.

The Senate is expected to take up the measure on Thursday and the President is expected to sign it into law. 

Congressman Cohen made the following statement: 

February 21, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congressman Steve Cohen (TN-09) today announced that St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital will receive a $410,606 grant from the National Cancer Institute for research on tumor immunotherapy.