Ensuring Health Insurance Remains Affordable
This week, I criticized the Trump Administration for ending subsidy payments for low- and middle-income Affordable Care Act participants, spoke in support of the First Amendment guarantee of the freedom of the press, supported the Clean Power Plan, participated in a forum on the long-term effects of football-related brain injuries, and introduced a bipartisan bill to protect horses from abuse when being transported. Keep reading to learn more about my week and follow me on Twitter and Facebook to see more updates as they happen.
Ensuring Health Insurance Remains Affordable
On Thursday night, President Trump announced he would end subsidy payments for low- and middle-income Affordable Care Act participants. This decision is mean spirited and could be devastating to many 9th District residents. These subsidies make health insurance coverage affordable for millions of Americans, including more than 155,000 Tennessee residents who receive an average of more than $1,200 annually through the ACA. Read my full statement here.
President’s Trump’s tweets this week challenging the license of NBC News and other news networks and his comments on Thursday attacking the freedom of the press during his meeting with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in the Oval Office are a direct attack on the First Amendment and continue a dangerous pattern of the President undermining the Constitution. Read my full statement here.
On Wednesday, President Trump announced that he would repeal the Clean Power Plan, the first and only federal limit on carbon pollution from existing power plants. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt and President Trump have decided to burden taxpayers with the costs of climate change, increasingly frequent and severe instances of extreme weather, and air pollution. Read my full statement here.
On Friday, I participating in a forum hosted by the House Judiciary Committee Democrats and House Energy and Commerce Committee Democrats on the long-term effects of football-related brain injuries. The forum focused on recent studies highlighting advances in sports research for traumatic brain injuries incurred from contact sports and pathways to move forward. Watch my remarks here. Watch the full forum here.
On Thursday, Congressman Walter Jones (R-NC) and I introduced the Horse Transportation Safety Act. This bipartisan legislation would prohibit interstate transportation of horses in a motor vehicle containing two or more levels stacked on top of one another. When we allow animals to be mistreated or disrespected, we also devalue our own humanity. Read more here.
On Friday, October 27 from 11:00am to 1:00pm, my office will hold “Congress on your Corner” office hours at the Gaisman Community Center (4221 Macon Road). If you have questions or problems with Social Security, Medicare, FHA, the VA or any other federal agencies, my staff and I will be on hand to answer questions and provide assistance. I hope you can make it.
My office currently has a limited number of 2018 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 9th 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 eNewsletter.
On September 7, the consumer credit reporting agency Equifax disclosed a data breach from earlier this year that compromised the personal information of 143 million Americans. All 9th District residents should be aware of precautionary measures that can help ensure their financial security.
If you believe your data may have been compromised, there are steps you can take. These include: regularly monitoring your accounts, creating additional alerts for your credit report, and placing a security freeze on your credit report, which prevents others from opening up accounts in your name without your knowledge. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFBP) has published a helpful guide, which you can find here, on how to secure your identity following the Equifax data breach.
If you have any questions or are in need of assistance, please do not hesitate to contact my office at (901) 544-4131 or visit my website at https://cohen.house.gov/contact/email.
The Congressional App Challenge is a competition aimed at encouraging U.S. K-12 students to learn how to code by creating their own applications, or “apps.” The Congressional App Challenge is open to all students in the 9th Congressional District of Tennessee. Students entering the competition must submit their app on CongressionalAppChallenge.us by 12:00 PM (noon) Eastern Daylight Time on November 1, 2017. Click here for more information.
Each year billions of dollars are distributed in federal grant and loan money to institutions and organizations throughout the country. The 9th District's universities, colleges, non-profit organizations, small businesses, and local governments are well-qualified to compete for these funds. If you are interested in receiving up-to-date federal grant information, including a list of the most recent grant awards and opportunities, please click here to sign up for my Grants E-Newsletter. I also encourage you to explore the resources on my website to help you and your organization search and apply for grants.
Each week, I share a health tip in the hopes 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.
The open enrollment period for the Healthcare.gov insurance marketplace for 2018 plan shopping and comparison opens November 1, 2017. The last day to sign up for health insurance is December 15, 2017. Please note that the Trump Administration has shortened the enrollment period. Visit https://www.healthcare.gov/ for more information.
As always, I remain.