Congressman Cohen Applauds Priorities Outlined in President Biden’s Address to Congress
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:
“President Biden emphasizes helping the people most affected, and those most in need, during these difficult economic times. I’m pleased to be working with him on the front lines of this pandemic, where we are far ahead of his ambitious goals to get people vaccinated and repair the damage done to our economy. I strongly support helping working people and creating good-paying jobs.
“I’m glad the President’s American Families Plan includes key provisions I have championed, including part of the MEAL act, which provides formerly incarcerated individuals convicted of drug-related felonies with restored access to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). The plan also closes the carried-interest loophole, a tax giveaway for hedge fund owners that I have worked to eliminate with Representatives DeLauro and Doggett.
“Infrastructure is so important for our future in competition with China. I agree with President Biden’s bold vision that ‘infrastructure’ is more than roads and bridges and should include help for our growing elderly population, for residents of both urban and rural areas in need of internet access, for an improved and secure electric grid, for an expansion of our child care system and for the replacement of dangerous lead pipes. It’s all infrastructure, and for too long the nation’s needs have been neglected. I strongly endorse the direction the President is taking to ‘build back better’ and look forward to advancing his agenda in Congress.”