Announcing My January 17 District Issues Meeting

January 3, 2020
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Dear Friend,

Happy New Year! This week, I announced details for my January District Issues meeting. Over the holidays, I was pleased to attend both the Cotton Bowl with our Memphis Tigers and the Liberty Bowl, where I cheered on the winning Navy team. I also attended and spoke at Myron Lowery’s 29th annual New Year’s Day Prayer Breakfast; published a letter to the editor of The New York Times about plastic pollution; announced a National Park Service grant; and offered a New Year’s resolution-related health tip. Keep reading to learn more about my week and follow me on TwitterFacebook and Instagram to see more updates as they happen.  

Announcing My January 17 District Issues Meeting 
Attending Cotton Bowl and Liberty Bowl Football Games 
Speaking at Myron Lowery’s Annual New Year’s Day Prayer Breakfast 
Publishing a Letter to the Editor in The New York Times about Plastic Pollution
Announcing a $485,000 National Park Service Grant
Offering 2020 U.S. Historical Society Calendars

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Weekly Health Tip 
Quote of the Week 


Announcing My January 17 District Issues Meeting 

On Friday, January 17, I will hold my District Issues Meeting with constituents in my office in the Clifford Davis-Odell Horton Federal building downtown. There, I will lay out my priorities for 2020 and listen to your concerns and your issues. If you plan to attend, please let my district office staff know by calling (901) 544-4131.  

Attending Cotton Bowl and Liberty Bowl Football Games 

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Over the holidays, as a lifelong Tiger football supporter and Liberty Bowl attendee, I went to both the Cotton Bowl and the Liberty Bowl. I agree with columnist Geoff Calkins that the Memphis Tigers were the victors in the Cotton Bowl, despite what the scoreboard said, and I was proud to join Mayor Strickland in representing our city and cheering on our Tigers. On New Year’s Eve, I cheered on the Navy team, including midshipmen I have nominated for appointment to the Academy, in a thrilling last-second 20-17 victory over Kansas State. 

Speaking at Myron Lowery’s Annual New Year’s Day Prayer Breakfast 

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On New Year’s Day, I spoke at former Memphis City Councilman and new City Clerk Myron Lowery’s 29th annual prayer breakfast. I spoke about my vote to impeach our lawless President and about recent revelations that officials within the White House, State Department and Department of Defense objected to withholding military assistance to Ukraine so the President could pressure Ukraine to announce an investigation into a debunked Russian conspiracy tall tale about the 2016 election. I pointed out that President Trump’s former lawyer, Michael Cohen, is in prison for what “Individual One” told him to do: pay off former Playboy Playmate Karen McDougal and adult film actress Stormy Daniels. I also noted that the President and the Republican-controlled Senate have stacked the federal courts and that the Mitch McConnell-run Senate denied floor votes on Obama-nominated judges, including our own Ed Stanton III. After my remarks, I was proud to hear Gospel vocalist Deborah Manning Thomas say that I “speak truth to power.” I want to thank my friend Myron for having me as the keynote speaker once again. 


Publishing a Letter to the Editor in The New York Times about Plastic Pollution 

On Monday, December 23, The New York Times published my Letter to the Editor commending my alma mater, Vanderbilt University, for addressing plastic pollution with its elimination of single-use water and soda bottles on campus. See that letter here. Bold action is needed to address plastic pollution. 

Announcing a $485,000 National Park Service Grant

I’m pleased to announce that the City of Memphis will receive a $485,000 National Park Service grant to fund improvements at Douglass Park. This will include the renovation of two outdoor basketball courts and a baseball field; construction of play spaces and safety surfacing; installation of park amenities, ADA accessible entry-ways and bleachers; and a 3,800 square foot aquatic play space. These improvements will provide youth in Memphis with new outdoor recreation opportunities and encourage a healthy and active lifestyle.

Offering 2020 U.S. Historical Society Calendars

My office will have a limited number of 2020 U.S. Capitol Historical Society calendars available. If you would like to receive a calendar, please complete this form  on my website. Due to the rules of the House, I am only able to mail calendars to residents of Tennessee’s Ninth District. Please feel free to share this email with other residents of the Ninth District who may be interested in receiving one but who do not receive my e-Newsletter.   

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Weekly Health Tip 

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The New Year brings opportunities to make smart resolutions, like looking forward to a smoke-free 2020. See the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) tips from former smokers and other guidance here

I’d also point out that last month Congress passed legislation that raised the age for buying tobacco products to 21. That measure has now become law. 

Quote of the Week 

 “…(A)nyone who was at AT&T Stadium, anyone who was watching at home on TV, anyone who understands the inglorious history of Tiger football understands that this day was a Memphis win… Never Mind the Score – Memphis Wins the Cotton Bowl,” -- Geoff Calkins, December 28, 2019.

I wish each and everyone of you a happy and healthy new year!

As always, I remain.
Most sincerely,

Steve Cohen
Member of Congress