Congressman Steve Cohen

Representing the 9th District of Tennessee

Discussing Eliminating the Electoral College

March 22, 2019
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March 22, 2019

Dear Friend, 

This week, as the the debate about whether to eliminate the Electoral College drew national attention, I discussed my proposed Constitutional Amendment to make that happen. I also called for hearings on the Boeing 737 Max 8 airplane crashes and the Federal Aviation Administration’s airplane safety certification process; visited Mr. Rakestraw’s A.P. Government class at White Station High School; visited fifth graders at Star Academy Charter School in Raleigh; wrote a letter to the editor of The Tennessean about a tuition decision at the University of Tennessee; announced a research grant for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital to study schizophrenia; and offered a health tip about women and depression. Keep reading to learn more about my week and follow me on TwitterFacebook and Instagram to see more updates as they happen. 

Urging Elimination of the Electoral College  
Calling for Hearings on Boeing 737 Max 8 Crashes  
Visiting Mr. Rakestraw’s Government Class at White Station  
Visiting Star Academy Charter School Fifth Graders  
Encouraging U.T. Scholarships Based on Merit and Need  
Announcing St. Jude Research Grant  
Signing Up for “Congress On Your Corner” and this e-Newsletter    
Weekly Health Tip  
Quote of the Week 


Urging Elimination of the Electoral College 

On January 3, the first day of the new Congress, I introduced a proposed Constitutional Amendment to eliminate the antiquated Electoral College that has twice recently given our country presidents who did not win the popular vote. I was pleased to see more national discussion of the issue this week. CNN’s Brianna Keilar asked me about it on Tuesday. See that interview here.

Calling for Hearings on Boeing 737 Max 8 Crashes 

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As a senior member of the House Subcommittee on Aviation, I have been closely monitoring developments in the investigation of two Boeing 737 Max 8 plane crashes. On Tuesday, I went on the CBS Evening News to say that the Federal Aviation Administration’s evaluation and certification of the planes should be the subject of oversight hearings. See that interview here.    

Visiting Mr. Rakestraw’s Government Class at White Station 

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On Wednesday, I met with Advanced Placement students in teacher Curt Rakestraw’s A.P. Government class at White Station High School to talk about what I’m doing in Congress and to take questions from students. It was an honor to meet with them. 

Visiting Star Academy Charter School Fifth Graders 

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On Tuesday, I visited the fifth graders at Star Academy in Raleigh and urged the students to study hard to get ahead. The discussion ranged from efforts to end homelessness to cures for cancer. These fine students have bright futures ahead. Television stations sent crews to film our talk. See one of their stories here.

Encouraging U.T. Scholarships Based on Merit and Need 

The Tennessean and The Knoxville News-Sentinel published my letter to the editor Wednesday praising University of Tennessee President Randy Boyd’s decision to give free tuition to students based on merit and need. The UT Promise will give tuition to students already receiving the HOPE scholarship with a household income of less than $50,000 a year.  I led the two-decade effort to pass the Tennessee Lottery referendum and create the HOPE scholarship that is awarded based on academic achievement and need. See the letter here.

Announcing St. Jude Research Grant 

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On Wednesday, I announced that St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital will be receiving a $470,098 grant from the National Institute of Mental Health to conduct research into schizophrenia. St. Jude is our premier medical institution dealing with childhood illnesses. This substantial funding will allow St. Jude to continue its groundbreaking research to identify the causes of schizophrenia and the best ways to treat it. 

Signing Up for “Congress On Your Corner” and this e-Newsletter   
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I enjoy meeting regularly with constituents in the district and helping get answers for them to questions about dealing with federal agencies. My next “Congress on Your Corner” will be at the Hollywood Branch Library (1530 N Hollywood Street) on March 29th from 11:00 to 1:00. If you are interested in attending, you can sign up here to receive notifications about this and future events.

For those who haven’t participated in a telephone town hall, it’s easy to sign up for them by using this form.  

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Weekly Health Tip 

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I have been focusing on women’s health during this Women’s History Month. One in 10 women suffer with depression and many women don’t get diagnosed or treated. This lack of care can have serious consequences, including a higher risk of substance use and the development of other chronic diseases. Learn more about women and depression from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) here.

Quote of the Week 

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“You may hiss as much as you please, but women will get their rights anyway.” -- Isabella Baumfree, better known as the abolitionist born into slavery Sojourner Truth (1797-1883)  
 
I am scheduled to be on CNN’s “New Day” Saturday morning in the 9 a.m. Central hour and on “Live with Alex Witt” on MSNBC in the 11 a.m. Central hour. 
 
As always, I remain
Most sincerely,

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Steve Cohen
Member of Congress.