Congressman Steve Cohen

Representing the 9th District of Tennessee

Congressman Cohen Votes to Re-Open EPA, National Parks

January 11, 2019
Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congressman Steve Cohen (TN-09) today voted for, and the House passed, a bill to fund the Department of the Interior and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The bill prevents the further degradation of our National Parks and monuments and allows the EPA to resume its critical activities in protecting clean air and clean water. Tennessee’s $55.5 million in EPA state grants are currently at risk because of the Trump Shutdown. The bill is virtually identical to one that passed the Senate in August by a 92-6 vote.

Congressman Cohen made the following statement:

“For the past two weeks, the EPA has been unable to perform its essential role of protecting the air we breathe and water we drink. Tennessee relies on EPA grants to protect the health and well-being of our communities. At the same time, America’s treasured National Parks have become scenes of degradation, with garbage, unsanitary conditions and damage done to fragile ecosystems. It’s time to end the Trump Shutdown and put federal workers, and the services they provide, back to work.”