Congressman Steve Cohen

Representing the 9th District of Tennessee

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

February 18, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congressman Steve Cohen (TN-09) today announced that the University of Tennessee Health Science Center will receive a $702,163 grant from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases for research on drug resistance in a form of fungus responsible for lung infections.

Congressman Cohen made the following statement:

“Understanding disease resistance is the best way to avoid serious infections like those targeted in this research. I’m pleased our Memphis-based medical school is putting scientists to work on this important research.”

February 6, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON – 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 grants from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

St. Jude will receive $163,068 from the Department’s Children’s Hospitals Graduate Medical Education Payment Program. UTHSC will receive $512,419 from the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases for research on neonatal urinary tract obstructions.

Congressman Cohen made the following statement:

February 3, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congressman Steve Cohen (TN-09) today received the Tennessee Alzheimer’s Leader Award for his leadership in supporting Tennessee families facing the disease. The award was presented by members of the Tennessee chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association in his Memphis district office. 

Congressman Cohen made the following statement: 

January 31, 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’ Center for Earthquake Research and Information (CERI) will receive a $675,000 grant from the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). The funding supports CERI’s cooperative agreement with USGS in operating the Advanced National Seismic System.

Congressman Cohen made the following statement:

January 15, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congressman Steve Cohen (TN-09) today questioned expert witnesses at a hearing on “An Update on the Climate Crisis: From Science to Solution” before the Committee on Science, Space and Technology. Congressman Cohen asked about the health consequences of extreme heat and air pollution, the impact of climate change in terms of the extinction of rare species and the impact of plastic pollution in the world’s oceans. 

Toward the end of his questioning, Congressman Cohen, an advocate of banning single-use plastic bottles and eating utensils, said: 

January 14, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTONCongressman Steve Cohen (TN-09) today announced that the University of Memphis will receive a $3,439,035 grant from the National Science Foundation for research advancing the science of learning data science with adaptive learning for future workforce development.

Congressman Cohen made the following statement:

December 18, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congressman Steve Cohen (TN-09) today commended Jayda and Anaya Murray of Cordova for winning the Congressional App Competition for the 9th Congressional District of Tennessee with their Safety U app. The app presents a series of unsafe situations an entering freshman might encounter at college and offers a range of options for dealing with them.

December 16, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congressman Steve Cohen (TN-09) today announced that St. Jude Children’s Research Center and the University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC) will each be receiving a National Institutes of Health (NIH) grant to continue their critical research. St. Jude will receive $376,950 for its work on chromatin modifiers from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences. UTHSC will receive $495,854 for its work on metabolism and diabetes from the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases. 

Congressman Cohen made the following statement: 

December 11, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congressman Steve Cohen (TN-09), a senior member of the Aviation Subcommittee of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, today introduced the Safety is Not for Sale Act, legislation that would require air carriers to adopt additional safety features and ensure all non-required safety enhancing equipment is offered or provided to all carriers without an additional charge. 

December 3, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congressman Steve Cohen (TN-09) today announced that St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital will receive a $695,409 grant from the National Cancer Institute for cancer research.

Congressman Cohen made the following statement:

“I’m pleased to announce that St. Jude will receive this important funding to continue its research into childhood cancers at the nation’s premier childhood cancer research hospital. This critical funding will permit St. Jude to make new discoveries, improve therapies, and support the hospital’s dedicated employees.”