Fighting to Save Medicaid
This week, I participated in several events expressing my opposition to Trumpcare and desire to protect Medicaid, the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee passed my SEAT Act amendment to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Reauthorization Bill to set a minimum seat size on airplanes for the safety and health of passengers, welcomed the Ninth District winner of the Congressional Art Competition to Washington, and went on the Imus in the Morning radio show to discuss our shared friend Bishop GE Patterson and Juneteenth. Keep reading to learn more about my week and follow me on Twitter and Facebook to see more updates as they happen.
Fighting to Save Medicaid
Passing the SEAT Act Amendment to the FAA Reauthorization Bill
Protecting Victims of Medical Malpractice
Welcoming the Winner of the Congressional Art Competition to Washington
Going on Imus in the Morning
Bringing Congress to Your Corner
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Quote of the Week
Weekly Health Tip
This week, I participated in several events to oppose Trumpcare and fight to save Medicaid. Medicaid is one of the most important safety net programs for the Ninth District and low-income Americans across the country. On Saturday, I was on MSNBC with Thomas Roberts to discuss the “mean” Republican health care bill. You can watch my interview here. I also participated in a #MournMedicaid picture with my colleagues to express our solidarity in opposition to cutting Medicaid. On Wednesday, I joined the Religious Action Center for Reformed Judaism, Bend the Arc, and other faith groups in a 24-hour health care vigil to stop Trumpcare and save Medicaid.
On Tuesday, the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee considered the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Reauthorization Bill. The Committee passed two of my amendments during our meeting: one with Rep. Rodney Davis (R-IL) to ensure that state and local authorities do not export their tax burdens on interstate air travelers to pay for projects unrelated to airports; and one to require the FAA to set a minimum seat size on airplanes for the safety and health of passengers. I also spoke against the privatization of the Air Traffic Controllers. You can watch my remarks on that issue here.
After a multi-year effort, I was particularly pleased that I was able to pass my airplane seat size amendment. This amendment, based off my bipartisan, bicameral SEAT Act, will help ensure that reduced seat sizes on planes do not impede on the capability of rapid evacuation in case of emergency. The amendment failed largely along party lines last year, but passed unanimously this year. As with so many of my legislative accomplishments, such as the Tennessee lottery, which took 20 years to implement, and funding for the Tennessee Arts Commission, I learned patience and persistence because it often takes time for people to feel comfortable supporting new ideas. Read more about my amendment here and watch my remarks here.
On Wednesday, I spoke on the House floor against legislation and amendments that would undermine the rights of victims of medical malpractice suits. This bill, among other things, would cap certain medical malpractice payments for pain and suffering damages in hospital, nursing home and physician’s lawsuits at $250,000. It would also violate states’ rights by overriding many state laws that are favorable to patients. Watch my remarks here.
On Thursday, I welcomed recent Whitehaven High School graduate Darian Norfleet to my Capitol Hill office to congratulate her on winning this year’s Congressional Art Competition for the Ninth Congressional District. Darian's piece, a digital photograph entitled “Round and Round We Go,” will hang in public view at the Capitol for the next year. Read more here.
On Tuesday, I was on the Imus in the Morning radio show to discuss our shared friend, the late, great Bishop GE Patterson, and the recent Juneteenth celebrations. You can listen to my interview here.
On Friday, July 21 from 11am-1pm at the Parkway Village Library (4655 Knight Arnold Road), my staff 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.
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.
Nearly 5 million people are treated for skin cancer each year in the United States. Skin cancer can become a serious problem for your health if the appropriate steps are not taken to avoid harmful ultraviolet rays from the sun. Learn more about how you can protect your skin from the sun here.
As always, I remain.
Member of Congress