Seniors

Congressman Cohen has worked to strengthen Medicare and Social Security and has consistently voted against measures that would be detrimental to their security and solvency. Hard working Americans pay into Social Security and Medicare throughout most of their lives and he believes that Congress has a duty to ensure their retirement security. 

Congressman Cohen is a cosponsor of several bills to help protect and enhance Social Security benefits including the Guaranteed 3% COLA for Seniors Act and the CPI for Seniors Act to ensure that seniors receive appropriate cost-of-living adjustments. 

Congressman Cohen is a cosponsor of the Medicare Prescription Drug Price Negotiation Act. This bill allows the Department of Health and Human Services to negotiate with pharmaceutical manufacturers over the prices that may be charged for prescription drugs. The goal of this bill is to reduce the costs of prescription drugs for Medicare beneficiaries.

Congressman Cohen is a cosponsor of the Seniors Have Eyes, Ears and Teeth Act. This bill allows seniors covered by Medicare to access basic health care necessities such as eyeglasses, hearing aids, and dental care.

Congressman Cohen is a cosponsor of the Keep Our Pensions Promises Act to prohibit trustees of multiemployer pension plans from reducing retirees’ monthly benefits and safeguard promised benefits by creating a new legacy fund that would insure participants from companies that stop paying into pension plans.

Congressman Cohen is a cosponsor the Rehabilitation for Multiemployer Pensions Act, the House Companion to the Senate’s Butch Lewis Act. These bills ensure that all promised pension benefits are paid by creating a Pension Rehabilitation Trust Fund in the U.S. Treasury Department.

More on Seniors

July 29, 2021 Press Release

 

WASHINGTON – Congressman Steve Cohen (TN-09) tonight voted for a seven-bill “minibus” that includes major increases in spending for SNAP, WIC, school nutrition programs, the Small Business Administration, consumer protection agencies, veterans affairs and veterans medical services, rental assistance, housing for the elderly and transit programs. It also includes funding for many of his highest priority community project requests:

 

July 12, 2021 Press Release

MEMPHIS – Congressman Cohen (TN-09) today announced that all of his highest priority spending requests were included by subcommittees of the House Appropriations Committee in their Fiscal Year 2022 appropriations bills. Among the approved requests is $3 million for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for improvements to Tom Lee Park along the Mississippi River waterfront, which is included in the Energy and Water appropriations bill.

May 19, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congressman Steve Cohen (TN-09), Chairman of the Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights, and Civil Liberties, today presided at a historic hearing entitled “Continuing Injustice: The Centennial of the Tulsa-Greenwood Race Massacre.” The hearing featured three survivors of the May 31 – June 1, 1921 massacre that destroyed the Black Greenwood section of Tulsa, a prosperous community known as “the Black Wall Street.” One survivor, 106-year-old Lessie Beddingfield Randle, told the panel: “I have waited so long for justice.”

April 16, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congressman Steve Cohen (TN-09) today voted for, and the House passed, the Workplace Violence Prevention for Health Care and Social Service Workers Act with an amendment the Congressman offered extending the bill’s protections to employees of Alzheimer’s and memory care facilities.

Congressman Cohen spoke from the House floor this morning in favor of his amendment. In those remarks, he said:

March 11, 2021 Press Release

MEMPHIS – Congressman Steve Cohen (TN-09) tonight listened to President Biden’s first prime time address from the East Room and commended the President for his historic efforts to address the pandemic and its economic fallout.

Congressman Cohen made the following statement:

February 4, 2021 Press Release

MEMPHIS – Congressman Steve Cohen (TN-09) today introduced a bill to provide preference to local contractors for work on or services provided at Department of Veterans Affairs facilities. The measure would benefit local economies by retaining companies that support local incomes.

Congressman Cohen made the following statement:

January 25, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congressman Steve Cohen (TN-09) today announced that St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital will receive a $634,844 grant from the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke for research on the proteins that cause amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease.

Congressman Cohen made the following statement:

January 21, 2021 Press Release

 

WASHINGTON – Congressman Steve Cohen (TN-09), a senior member of both the Judiciary the Transportation and Infrastructure Committees, today introduced a bill to name the Memphis Federal Building at 167 North Main the Odell Horton Federal Building, honoring in his name alone the first African American federal judge to serve in the Western District of Tennessee since Reconstruction.

January 13, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congressman Steve Cohen (TN-09) today announced that the University of Tennessee Health Science Center will receive a $1,285,586 grant from the National Institute on Aging for research into Alzheimer Disease.

Congressman Cohen made the following statement:

November 10, 2020 Press Release

MEMPHIS -- Congressman Steve Cohen released the following statement commemorating this year’s Veterans Day:  

“Each November, we pause to pay special tribute to the brave men and women who have served our country in uniform. This year, we also commemorate the 75th anniversary of the end of World War II and cherish our few remaining heroes of that conflict.