Congressman Steve Cohen

Representing the 9th District of Tennessee

Chastising House Judiciary Republicans for Squelching the Voice of the Minority

July 28, 2017
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Dear Friend,

This week, I chastised House Judiciary Republicans for squelching the voice of the minority party, announced that I would be hosting a town hall meeting on Saturday, August 5, inquired about the President potentially violating the Constitution’s foreign emoluments clause, cosponsored a resolution disapproving of President Trump firing Special Counsel Robert Mueller, hosted a bipartisan forum on the freedom of the press, met with the Washington Post’s Bob Woodward, introduced a bipartisan bill to hold owners of low-income housing accountable for poor living conditions, spoke in support of a bill to create a network on civil rights monuments and memorials, sent a letter to the acting ICE Director expressing my concerns about the recent ICE raids in Memphis, and spoke at a Biomedical Research Caucus briefing on Alzheimer’s disease. Keep reading to learn more about my week and follow me on Twitter and Facebook to see more updates as they happen.

Chastising House Judiciary Republicans for Squelching the Voice of the Minority
Hosting a Town Hall Meeting
Inquiring About President Trump’s Potential Acceptance of Foreign Emoluments
Cosponsoring a Resolution Disapproving of Any Attempt by President Trump to Fire Robert Mueller
Hosting a Bipartisan Forum on the Freedom of the Press
Meeting with the Washington Post’s Bob Woodward
Holding Property Owners of Low-Income Housing Accountable for Poor Living Conditions
Supporting a Network of Civil Rights Monuments
Seeking Answers About the ICE Raids in Memphis
Speaking at the Biomedical Research Caucus Briefing on Alzheimer’s Disease
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Quote of the Week
Weekly Health Tip

Chastising House Judiciary Republicans for Squelching the Voice of the Minority

On Wednesday, I spoke in support of a Resolution of Inquiry offered by Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal (D-WA) to seek answers concerning President Trump’s firing of FBI Director James Comey and Attorney General Jeff Sessions' role therein. Instead of allowing this resolution to be debated, the Republicans on the House Judiciary Committee introduced an amendment to replace the resolution’s language with new language that would, instead, seek information relating to old gripes about Hillary Clinton. The Majority disgustingly squelched the voice of the Minority. Watch my speech during the Committee meeting here and my subsequent speech on the House floor here. NowThis Politics also posted a video about my speech that you can watch here. The video has over 600,000 views on Facebook and my speech has gone viral on Twitter.

Hosting a Town Hall Meeting

On Saturday, August 5 at 10 AM, I will be hosting a town hall meeting at the Burton Callicott Auditorium at the Memphis College of Art (1930 Poplar Ave.). I know health care is on the forefront of many peoples' minds, and I look forward to discussing the important issues that matter most to you. More details here.

Inquiring About President Trump’s Potential Acceptance of Foreign Emoluments

On Thursday, during a House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee hearing, I spoke in support of a Resolution of Inquiry offered by Congressman Hank Johnson (D-GA) that would seek government communications related to the lease of the Old Post Office Building (now the Trump International Hotel) in Washington, DC. The President accepting money through his hotel from foreign governments as part of an effort to curry favor with him by staying at his hotel is potentially an unconstitutional violation of the Constitution's foreign emoluments clause. We can’t let President Trump and his family con the American people. Watch my remarks here.

Cosponsoring a Resolution Disapproving of Any Attempt to Fire Robert Mueller

On Thursday, I was proud to stand with Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX) in cosponsoring her resolution disapproving of any attempt by President Trump to fire Special Counsel Robert Mueller or abuse his pardon power. Watch my remarks here.

Hosting a Bipartisan Forum on the Freedom of the Press

On Monday, House Judiciary Committee Ranking Member John Conyers (D-MI), Congressman Mark Sanford (R-SC) and I hosted a bipartisan forum on the state of press freedoms in 21st century America. You can watch the forum here.

Meeting with the Washington Post’s Bob Woodward

On Tuesday, I had the privilege of meeting with the Washington Post’s Bob Woodward, the journalist famous for uncovering the Watergate Scandal during the Nixon Administration. Bob and I had a long discussion about the current political climate in our country.

Holding Property Owners of Low-Income Housing Accountable for Poor Living Conditions

Today, Congressman Dennis Ross (R-FL) and I reintroduced the Housing Accountability Act, a bipartisan bill to hold property owners of low-income housing accountable for poor living conditions. I was very disturbed by the deplorable living conditions many Memphians experienced at the Global Ministries Foundation (GMF) properties of Warren and Tulane Apartments. Read more

Supporting a Network of Civil Rights Monuments

On Wednesday, I spoke on the House floor in support of H.R. 1927, the African American Civil Rights Network Act. This bill would establish a network of sites around the country that commemorate and honor the history of the Civil Rights Movement and the soldiers of the movement who fought for justice and equal rights. Watch here.

Seeking Answers About the ICE Raids in Memphis

Today, in light of the recent Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) raids in Memphis, I sent a letter to ICE Acting Director Thomas Homan expressing my concern and seeking more information about how and why the raids were conducted, as well as ICE’s justification for who was targeted. Read the letter here

Speaking at the Biomedical Research Caucus Briefing on Alzheimer’s Disease

On Wednesday, I introduced MIT Professor Dr. Li-Huei Tsai at a Biomedical Research Caucus briefing entitled, “Shining a Light on the Treatment of Alzheimer’s Disease.” As co-chair of the caucus, I have continuously advocated for increased funding for the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to find cures and treatments for diseases like Alzheimer’s.    

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Quote of the Week

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) in August 2013….some things never change.

Weekly Health Tip

Each week, I share a health tip in the hopes of promoting a healthy lifestyle for residents of the Ninth Congressional District. As always, it is best to check with your doctor before making any changes to your diet, exercise routine or lifestyle.

Today, the FDA announced that it planned to reduce the amount of nicotine in cigarettes and e-cigarettes in an attempt to curb addiction. Learn more about the harms of smoking and how you can quit here

As always, I remain. 
Most sincerely,
 
Steve Cohen
Member of Congress