Fighting for Quality, Affordable Health Care
This week, I criticized the mean and heartless Senate Republican health care bill, urged the Department of Justice to continue monitoring the Shelby County juvenile justice system for racial discrimination, joined nearly 200 of my colleagues in suing the President for allegedly violating the anti-corruption clause of the Constitution, honored the U.S. Navy victims of the tragic accident involving the USS Fitzgerald, spoke on C-SPAN’s Washington Journal show about the Trump-Russia investigation, commemorated the 152nd anniversary of Juneteenth, and commended the University of Memphis and Christian Brothers University for planning to enroll Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) students. I will also be on MSNBC with Thomas Roberts tomorrow morning at 8am CT. Keep reading to learn more about my week and follow me on Twitter and Facebook to see more updates as they happen.
Fighting for Quality, Affordable Health Care
Urging DOJ to Continue Monitoring the Shelby County Juvenile Justice System for Racial Discrimination
Suing the President for Violating the Constitution’s Anti-Corruption Clause
Fair Winds and Following Seas
Investigating the Trump-Russia Connection
Commemorating the 152nd Anniversary of Juneteenth
Commending the U of M and CBU for Agreeing to Enroll DACA Students
Bringing Congress to Your Corner
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Quote of the Week
Weekly Health Tip
On Thursday, Senate Republicans released their legislation to repeal the Affordable Care Act. Much like the Trumpcare bill passed in the House of Representatives last month, the Republican bill in the Senate makes tragically and sometimes fatally deep cuts to Medicaid, allows states to waive critical essential health benefits, gives huge tax breaks to the wealthiest Americans, provides woefully inadequate funding to fight the opioid epidemic, and defunds Planned Parenthood. Americans deserve access to quality, affordable health insurance. Read my full statement on the Senate bill here.
On Monday, I sent a letter to the Department of Justice (DOJ) urging them to continue monitoring the Shelby County juvenile justice system. Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell sent a letter to DOJ urging an end to DOJ’s monitoring of the Memphis and Shelby County Juvenile Court pursuant to the December 2012 agreement between the county and DOJ to address findings of serious and systemic failures in the juvenile court that violate children’s due process and equal protection rights. While progress has been made since 2012, there are still reports of racial disparities. Read more here.
Last week, as Ranking Member of the House Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution and Civil Justice, I helped lead nearly 200 members of Congress in filing a lawsuit against President Trump for allegedly violating one of the Constitution’s critical anti-corruption provisions: the Foreign Emoluments Clause. The Clause prohibits the President from accepting payments and other benefits from foreign governments without seeking and receiving Congressional authorization. The American people should have total confidence that the President is serving their interest, not his own financial enrichment. Read more about our lawsuit here. Watch my remarks at the press conference on Tuesday here (24-minute mark).
On Tuesday, I honored the seven U.S. Navy sailors who died after the USS Fitzgerald collided with a container ship off the coast of Japan. Watch my remarks here.
On Wednesday, I was on C-SPAN’s Washington Journal morning call-in show to discuss the Trump-Russia investigation and Russia’s meddling in the 2016 Presidential election. Watch my interview here.
Monday was the 152nd anniversary of Juneteenth and last weekend was the 24th Annual Celebration of the Juneteenth Urban Music Festival in Memphis. Juneteenth is a time to reflect upon the end of slavery in America and to recognize the many influences of African American citizens. Read my full statement here.
On Thursday, I commended the University of Memphis and Christian Brothers University for planning to enroll Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) students. DACA is a commonsense, compassionate program to provide a pathway to citizenship for children who were brought to the United States illegally by their parents. Read my full statement here.
Today at the Whitehaven Branch Library (4120 Millbranch Road), my staff held “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. For more information about future dates and locations for Congress on Your Corner, visit my website at https://cohen.house.gov.
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 Ninth Congressional District. As always, it is best to check with your doctor before making any changes to your diet, exercise routine or lifestyle.
Wednesday was the first official day of summer. I would encourage everyone to take these steps to prevent heat-related illnesses, injuries, and deaths during hot weather: stay in an air-conditioned indoor location as much as possible; drink plenty of fluids even if you don't feel thirsty; schedule outdoor activities carefully; wear loose, lightweight, light-colored clothing and sunscreen; pace yourself; take cool showers or baths to cool down; check on a friend or neighbor and have someone do the same for you; and never leave children or pets in cars. Learn more about keeping cool in the summer here.
As always, I remain.
Member of Congress