This week, I wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving and safe travels. I also reminded my constituents that open enrollment for health insurance policies through HealthCare.gov is now underway, hailed Senate passage of my bill to name the Autumn Avenue post office for Judge Russell B. Sugarmon, met with a West Point Cadet from Memphis, noted that my next “Congress On Your Corner” is set for Monday evening, offered U.S. Capitol Historical Society 2019 calendars and provided a health tip about healthy eating during the holidays. Keep reading to learn more about my week and follow me on Twitter and Facebook to see more updates as they happen.
Flagging Open Enrollment Now Available at HealthCare.gov
Praising Senate Passage of Judge Russell Sugarmon Post Office Bill
Meeting with a West Point Cadet from Memphis
Holding My Next “Congress On Your Corner”
Offering U.S. Capitol Historical Society Calendars
Signing Up for “Congress On Your Corner” and this e-Newsletter
Weekly Health Tip
Quote of the Week
I want to wish all my friends, neighbors and constituents a very Happy Thanksgiving. If you’re traveling “over the river and through the woods” this week, I hope you will drive safely and have a nice time with family and friends. Americans have officially celebrated Thanksgiving as a national holiday since November 1863, when President Abraham Lincoln first proclaimed it, but many Americans already had family traditions of a Thanksgiving meal in November for generations – dating from the Jamestown, Virginia, settlement in 1610 and the Plymouth Colony in Massachusetts in 1621 -- and George Washington had proclaimed November 26, 1789 a day of “public thanksgiving” for the new U.S. Constitution. The traditions around this most American of holidays are simple but profound.
Open enrollment for 2019 HealthCare.gov insurance plans is now under way. This year, open enrollment runs only through December 15. I will be making use of every possible means to make my constituents aware that the time available to sign up has been limited again this year compared to the enrollment periods during the Obama Administration -- six weeks shorter than it was in 2016. Listen for my public service radio announcement encouraging signing up. For more information on signing up for health care, see Healthcare.gov.
I am pleased to report that the U.S. Senate has passed my bill, H.R. 5349, to rename the post office at 1320 Autumn Avenue in Memphis for Judge Russell B. Sugarmon Jr., the Civil Rights leader, attorney and judge. I look forward to a future dedication ceremony.
I’m invariably impressed when I meet with young people who have accepted admission to one of our great service academies. On Monday, I met in my Memphis office with my 9th District U.S. Military Academy at West Point Cadet Trevor Powers, in town for an early Thanksgiving break to do some recruiting at local Shelby County high schools. No longer a first-year "plebe," but a cadet, he said the West Point experience is all that he wished for and exceeds his expectations. He is a fine young man and has a very promising future. Earlier this fall, I traveled to the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis, Maryland, to meet with my constituents who are serving as undergraduate Midshipmen there. These young patriots continue to make us proud.
My Memphis staff and I will hold an evening “Congress On Your Corner” for those who can’t make our daytime events, on Monday, November 26, at the Benjamin Hooks Central Library, 3030 Poplar, in Memphis, from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.As your representative in Congress, part of my job is making sure your concerns and issues with federal agencies and federal benefits are dealt with fairly and expeditiously. We can help with Social Security, Medicare, veterans benefits and military service issues, Small Business Administration (SBA) loans and services, Federal Housing Administration (FHA) home loans, federal grant applications, visas and passports, Internal Revenue Service (IRS) issues and more.
My office will soon have a limited number of 2019 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 can mail calendars only to residents of Tennessee’s 9th Congressional District. Please feel free to share this email with other residents of the 9th District who may be interested in receiving one but who do not receive my e-Newsletter.
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Each week, I share a health tip in the hope of promoting a healthy lifestyle for residents of the 9th Congressional District. As always, it is best to check with your doctor before making any changes to your diet, exercise routine or lifestyle.
You may not think of the Thanksgiving spread of turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing and gravy as a particularly healthful dining experience, but some traditional Thanksgiving side dishes, like squash and cranberries, add a special something to our diets that we don’t indulge in often enough. For example, a cup of cooked squash has plenty of Vitamin A, an essential vitamin associated with vision health. Similarly, cranberries are an excellent source of Vitamins A, C and K and are known to improve immune response and lower blood pressure. The Centers of the Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has healthy eating tips for the holidays here, including eating from small plates and bringing a healthy dish to a pot luck party. FoodSafety.gov, a partnership of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the CDC and the Food and Drug Administration, has useful tips for preparing a holiday turkey. See them here. Happy Thanksgiving.
“The year that is drawing towards its close, has been filled with the blessings of fruitful fields and healthful skies. To these bounties, which are so constantly enjoyed that we are prone to forget the source from which they come, others have been added, which are of so extraordinary a nature, that they cannot fail to penetrate and soften even the heart which is habitually insensible to the ever watchful providence of Almighty God.” – Abraham Lincoln’s 1863 Thanksgiving Proclamation.
I'm looking forward to the Tigers-Houston Cougars football game Friday and will be rooting for a win and another chance to meet up with UCF. It's been a great sports week for the Tigers welcoming James Wiseman to our basketball family. Lots of games this weekend. Go Tigers!
As always, I remain
Member of Congress