Congressman Steve Cohen

Representing the 9th District of Tennessee

Congressman Cohen Marks 150th Anniversary of the 14th Amendment

July 27, 2018
Press Release
Says its “equal protection of the laws” gives meaning to basic rights

WASHINGTON – Congressman Steve Cohen (TN-09), the Ranking Member of the House Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution and Civil Justice, took note of Saturday’s 150th anniversary of the ratification of the 14th Amendment to the Constitution, and made the following statement:

“The 14th Amendment gives meaning to basic human rights by stating as Constitutional law that states cannot deny citizens their life, liberty or property without due process of law. It also defined citizenship for all people born or naturalized in the United States, a provision now under attack by President Trump and others who would end birthright citizenship. The 14th Amendment extended the equal protection under federal law afforded in the Bill of Rights to the states. While it has taken far too long for the Amendment to fully deliver on its promise to African Americans, we should cherish this monumental achievement in human rights, celebrate its anniversary, and rededicate ourselves to protecting the essential rights it enshrines in our Constitution.”