Congressman Steve Cohen

Representing the 9th District of Tennessee

Fighting for Federal Funding for the Legal Services Corporation

April 14, 2017
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Dear Friend,

I led a bipartisan letter to the House Appropriations Committee Chairman and Ranking Member urging them to keep federal funding for the Legal Services Corporation. I also sent a letter to Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao urging an investigation into the recent United Airlines incident, spoke with The Commercial Appeal about President Trump’s policies on medical marijuana and reacted to White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer’s controversial, inappropriate and inaccurate comments on Adolf Hitler and the Holocaust. Keep reading to learn more about my week and follow me on Twitter and Facebook to see more updates as they happen.

Fighting for Federal Funding for the Legal Services Corporation
Urging an Investigation into the United Airlines Incident
Advocating for the Legalization of Medical Marijuana
Reacting to White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer’s Comments on Hitler
Bringing Congress to Your Corner
Sign Up for My New Grants E-Newsletter
Quote of the Week
Weekly Health Tip

Fighting for Federal Funding for the Legal Services Corporation

Congressman Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA) and I led a bipartisan coalition of 145 members of Congress in sending a letter to the House Appropriations Committee Chairman and Ranking Member urging the committee to provide federal funding for the Legal Services Corporation (LSC). LSC helps those who cannot afford legal representation assert their rights in court. President Trump’s Fiscal Year 2018 budget proposal eliminated all federal funding for LSC. You can read our letter here.

Urging an Investigation into the United Airlines Incident

On Wednesday, I sent a letter to U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao expressing my deep concern about the forced removal of a passenger from a United Airlines flight from Chicago to Louisville. In my letter, I urged the Federal Aviation Administration to investigate the incident and answer a series of questions on why it occurred and how these types of incidents can be prevented in the future. Read my letter here

Advocating for the Legalization of Medical Marijuana

Last Friday, I spoke to The Commercial Appeal about the Trump Administration’s views on legalizing medical marijuana. I suggested that marijuana advocates look towards President Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner, a very influential advisor in his Administration, for answers. Medical marijuana is now legal in 28 states and the District of Columbia. Our federal marijuana laws should better reflect the science, the medical research and the opinions of the American people. Read the full article in the Commercial Appeal here

Reacting to White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer’s Hitler Comments

On Tuesday, I reacted to White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer’s controversial comments about Adolf Hitler and the Holocaust. When discussing Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s abhorrent use of chemical weapons against innocent people, Spicer said that not even Hitler used chemical weapons against his own people. In reality, Hitler used gas chambers to murder millions of Jews and others during the Holocaust and even was the first to develop sarin gas, the very chemical weapon used by the Assad regime. He also referred to concentration camps as Holocaust centers. President Trump should fire Sean Spicer, or at the very least admonish and correct him, for these highly inappropriate and inaccurate comments. Read more here.    

Bringing Congress to Your Corner

On Friday, April 21 from 11am-2pm at the Millington Public Library (4858 Navy Road), my staff and I will hold “Congress on Your Corner” office hours to assist Memphians with questions or problems with federal agencies such as Social Security, Medicare, FHA, the VA and more. Please mark the date on your calendar. For more information about Congress on Your Corner, visit my website at https://cohen.house.gov

Sign Up for My New Grants E-Newsletter

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. 

Quote of the Week

The quote this week comes from Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel:



“I decided to devote my life to telling the story because I felt that having survived I owe something to the dead, and anyone who does not remember betrays them again.” – Elie Wiesel

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’s best to check with your doctor before making any changes to your diet, exercise routine or lifestyle.

According to research at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), eating red meat on a regular basis may lead to an increased risk of diabetes, cardiovascular disease and certain cancers. As we enter the outdoor grilling season, consider substituting turkey, chicken or fish for your outdoor BBQ meal. Read more here.

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