Highlighting the Importance of Memphis as a Distribution Center to Transportation Secretary Buttigieg
This week, Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg accepted my invitation to come to Memphis to see first-hand the disruption to car and truck traffic caused by the closure of the Interstate 40 Hernando DeSoto Bridge. I took the opportunity to highlight other transportation-related matters important to the 9th Congressional District. It was a successful visit and Secretary Pete came away with a renewed appreciation for Memphis’ role as a major distribution center. I also introduced the Equal Employment for All Act to prohibit the use of credit scores in making employment decisions; congratulated the Grizzlies on their stellar season; called for a review of wild horses protection efforts; announced significant grants to the University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC) and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital; and offered a health tip. Keep reading and follow me on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram to see what I’m doing as it happens.
On Thursday, I welcomed Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg to the Bluff City and joined him at a roundtable discussion held at FedEx, and later on the Hernando DeSoto Bridge, to help the Department of Transportation understand and address the major disruption the closure of the bridge is causing. Secretary Pete heard from trucking and other freight-moving company representatives, state transportation leaders, and political leaders such as Mayor Strickland, Senator Blackburn and me about the regional economic impact the bridge closure is having. He assured us that the bridge repair and re-opening is a top national priority and has done everything we have asked him to do, and all he can do, to expedite the repair. He came away from Memphis with an understanding of the importance of this bridge to Memphis’ and our nation’s economy. As we traveled around the city, and later spoke at a press conference, I mentioned several other transportation-related issues important to Memphis and the Mid-South. Overall, it was a very successful visit.
This morning, I re-introduced the Equal Employment for All Act, which would prohibit the use of credit scores in hiring decisions. I have long championed the idea that bad credit scores, which disproportionately affect women, minorities and people seeking to overcome financial difficulties, are not a fair or even reasonable factor in the employment application process. See my release on the measure here.
What a season! In their 20th year in Memphis, the Grizzlies turned in an astonishing performance despite unprecedented challenges caused by the pandemic. Ja Morant and Dillon Brooks – well, the whole team – exceeded expectations and proved they can beat the best. Although the season ended Wednesday night, I have to agree with Dillon: “The future looks very bright.”
As a longtime member of the Animal Protection Caucus, I joined my Congressional colleagues on Wednesday in a letter to Interior Secretary Deb Haaland asking that the Department suspend its wild horse and burro adoption program and investigate reports that some adoptees have been sent to slaughter houses. See more on this subject here.
President Biden recently announced his goal to vaccinate 70 percent of Americans by July 4th. Already, 63 percent of adults over 40 have received at least one shot. Vice President Harris will travel to the Midwest and South in an effort to get those areas with a history of vaccine hesitancy to roll up their sleeves. In Shelby County, the process is free, easy and fast. Do it for your family, your friends, your community.
To find the latest information about vaccination sites or to request a vaccination appointment for a homebound individual, go to https://covid19.memphistn.gov/ or call (901) 222-SHOT (7468). I urge all my constituents and friends to get the shot as soon as possible.
“We do ourselves no favors by pretending none of this ever happened or that it doesn’t impact us today, because it does still impact us today. We can’t just choose to learn what we want to know and not what we should know. We should know the good, the bad, everything. That’s what great nations do: They come to terms with their dark sides. And we’re a great nation.” – President Joe Biden speaking at the Commemoration of the 100th Anniversary of the Tulsa-Greenwood Race Massacre on Tuesday.
As always, I remain.
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