Congressman Steve Cohen

Representing the 9th District of Tennessee

Fighting to Preserve Vital Federal Programs

March 17, 2017
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Dear Friend,

This week, I fought to preserve vital federal programs that President Trump has proposed cutting or eliminating in his Fiscal Year 2018 budget, assisted Memphians with using the IRS Free File program to file their taxes, spoke on the House floor about Trump’s claim that President Obama wiretapped Trump Tower, attended the Research! America Awards Dinner with former Vice President Joe Biden, continued to speak out against the Republicans’ health care bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act, welcomed Methodist South Hospital CEO Jay Robinson and his family to my Washington, D.C. office, and received an award from the Tennessee Public Transportation Association for my support for public transportation. Keep reading to learn more about my week and follow me on Twitter and Facebook to see more updates as they happen. 

Fighting to Preserve Vital Federal Programs
Assisting Memphians with Filing Federal Income Taxes
Condemning President Trump’s Wiretapping Claim
Attending the Research! America Awards Dinner
Opposing the GOP Health Care Plan to Repeal the Affordable Care Act
Welcoming Constituents to my Washington, D.C. Office
Receiving the MATA Distinguished Service Award
Sign Up for My New Grants E-Newsletter
Quote of the Week
Weekly Health Tip

Fighting to Preserve Vital Federal Programs

On Thursday, President Trump released his Fiscal Year 2018 budget proposal. The President’s budget cuts vital programs for many Americans and will send America back to the 1950s, a time which might be revered by President Trump but was not so rosy for women, minorities and low-income Americans. The list of programs he wants to cut or eliminate is huge, including the Minority Business Development Agency (MDBA), Legal Service Corporation, Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP), Nutrition Aid for Women, Infants and Children (WIC), Meals on Wheels, Community Development Block Grants, National Endowment for the Arts, National Endowment for the Humanities, Corporation for Public Broadcasting, the National Institutes of Health, the Environmental Protection Agency, the U.S. State Department and more. The President’s budget will thrust American into social and cultural deterioration, a new Dark Ages. Read more about the budget here

Assisting Memphians with Filing Federal Income Taxes 

On Monday, I met with local community leaders at Streets Ministries to urge Memphians to use the IRS Free File program to save money and maximize their refund this tax season. The Free File software walks taxpayers through an interview-style process online, which helps to cut down on errors and maximize their refunds and, importantly, with no hidden costs or fees. Click here for more information on the IRS Free File program. The deadline to file 2016 federal income tax returns is April 18, 2017.   

Condemning President Trump’s Wiretapping Claim

Today, I spoke on the House floor condemning President Trump’s claim that former President Barack Obama wiretapped Trump Tower during the 2016 Presidential Election. Trump’s accusation was straight out of a Federico Fellini movie that I hope ends quickly. Watch my remarks here.

Attending the Research! America Awards Dinner

On Wednesday, I attended the Research! America Awards Dinner. Former Vice President Joe Biden received the Gordon and Llura Gund Leadership Award for his commitment to accelerating cancer research and gave remarks to the attendees. I also spoke with White Station High School graduate and award-winning actress Kathy Bates about Memphis. She received the Isadore Rosenfeld Award for Impact on Public Opinion for her work on lymphedema. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN) received the Edwin C. Whitehead Award for Medical Research Advocacy for his instrumental role in passing the 21st Century Cures Act last year to increase funding for medical research. I was proud to be a cosponsor of this bill and to have Senator Roger Wicker’s (R-MS) and my EUREKA amendment for Alzheimer’s research included in the final bill. 

During the ceremony, I sat with representatives from the University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC), including Dr. Don Thomason. I also had the opportunity to speak with Dr. Francis Collins, the Director of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). President Trump’s budget increases the Department of Defense by more than $52 billion, but cuts the nation’s personal Department of Defense for America’s health, the NIH, by nearly $6 billion. A budget cut of this size is irresponsible and will hinder the NIH’s ability to conduct medical research for the treatments and cures of diseases.

Opposing the GOP Health Care Plan to Repeal the Affordable Care Act

On Monday, the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) released its report on the Republicans’ health care plan to repeal the Affordable Care Act. The CBO found that 24 million more people would be uninsured and the Republicans’ plan will result in an $880 billion federal cut to Medicaid by 2026. The report underscores that the poorly-thought-out GOP health care bill takes coverage away from low and middle income Americans while giving massive tax breaks to the wealthy. Read more here

Welcoming Constituents to my Washington, D.C. Office

Today, I welcomed Jay Robinson and his family to my Washington, D.C. office. Mr. Robinson is the CEO of Methodist South Hospital and the former CEO of the Memphis VA Medical Center. Mr. Robinson and I discussed veterans’ issues and my staff gave him and his family a tour of the United States Capitol.

Receiving the MATA Distinguished Service Award


On Wednesday, I was proud to receive the Memphis Area Transit Authority (MATA) Distinguished Service Award from the Tennessee Public Transportation Association (TPTA) for my support for federal funding and initiatives for public transportation. I would like to thank MATA Interim CEO Gary Rosenfeld (pictured above) for this recognition.

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 for this week comes from President Andrew Jackson in his 1832 Proclamation to the People of South Carolina where he highlighted the importance of literature and the arts. President Trump visited Andrew Jackson’s gravesite at the Hermitage in Nashville the day before he released his Fiscal Year 2018 budget proposal that eliminated all federal funding for the National Endowment for the Arts and National Endowment for the Humanities:

“Consider its government uniting in one bond of common interest and general protection so many different States — giving to all their inhabitants the proud title of AMERICAN CITIZEN — protecting their commerce — securing their literature and arts — facilitating their intercommunication — defending their frontiers — and making their name respected in the remotest parts of the earth!” - President Andrew Jackson, December 10, 1832    

Weekly Health Tip

Each week, I will be suggesting 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.

March is National Kidney Month. Kidneys are important to filter your blood and remove waste and extra water from your body. If your kidney’s fail, your body loses the ability remove waste and balance fluids. Minimizing salt in your diet, maintaining a healthy cholesterol level, and limiting alcohol intake are important guidelines for maintaining healthy kidneys. For more information on how to keep your kidneys healthy, click here.

As always, I remain. 
Most sincerely,

Steve Cohen
Member of Congress