Congressman Steve Cohen

Representing the 9th District of Tennessee

Impeaching the President of the United States

December 20, 2019
Enewsletters

Dear Friend,  
This week, I voted to impeach the President of the United States, Donald J. Trump, for abuse of power and obstruction of Congress. I also voted to pass a major spending bill with record funding for some of Memphis’ highest priorities; voted to pass the U.S.-Mexico-Canada (USMCA) trade agreement; criticized the NCAA for James Wiseman’s decision to quit a promising college basketball career and prepare for the NBA; congratulated sisters Jayda and Anaya Murray of Cordova for Winning the Congressional App Challenge; wrote a letter opposing Tennessee’s proposal to block-grant TennCare; announced more than $18 million in federal grants to a variety of Memphis institutions; offered U.S. Capitol Historical Society calendars for 2020; and provided guidance for dealing with stress during the holidays. Keep reading to learn more about my week and follow me on TwitterFacebook and Instagram to see more updates as they happen.  

Impeaching the President of the United States 
Voting to Pass a Major Spending Bill Supporting Memphis Priorities 
Voting to Pass U.S.-Mexico-Canada Trade Agreement (USMCA) 
Criticizing the NCAA for James Wiseman’s Decision  
Congratulating the Murray Sisters of Cordova for Winning Congressional App Challenge 
Writing in Opposition to Block-Granting TennCare 
Announcing More than $13.3 Million in Head Start Grants 
Announcing $4 Million Grant to Foote Park at South City 
Announcing $872,000 in Research Grants to UTHSC and St. Jude 
Offering U.S. Capitol Historical Society 2020 Calendars 
Weekly Health Tip 
Quote of the Day 


Impeaching the President of the United States 

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On Wednesday, I voted to impeach President Donald Trump for high crimes and misdemeanors.  President Trump abused his power and obstructed Congress. Abiding by my oath as a Member of Congress, it was my duty to impeach this lawless President. Before the vote, I argued on the House floor that Donald Trump’s actions threatened the core of our democracy by trying to steal the election from the American people. See my release including those remarks here and my release on passage of the articles here.  
  
Voting to Pass Major Spending Bills Supporting Memphis Priorities 
  
On Tuesday, I voted for one of two major spending bills funding the federal government through next September and avoiding another government shutdown. I was proud to vote for record high funding for the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Child Care Community Block Grants, Head Start, and Title I education programs.  It also provides $25 million to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and NIH for gun injury and mortality prevention research.  The bill also raises the age for purchasing tobacco products to 21, a cause I have supported for a long time. See my release on it here
  
Voting to Pass U.S.-Mexico-Canada Trade Agreement

On Thursday, I voted for, and the House passed, the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), which will modernize trade arrangements between the three countries. Many of its provisions are marked improvements over the 1994 North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).  The new agreement requires Mexico to change its labor laws, deals more fairly with prescription drug patents, and advances environmental protection of marine wildlife from pollution and overfishing. See my release about it here

Criticizing the NCAA for James Wiseman’s Decision   

I blame the NCAA for the unfortunate situation that led our University of Memphis star James Wiseman to withdraw from the University and prepare for the NBA draft. I believe the NCAA should face tough questions about its methods of disproportionate punishment and wish James the best as he prepares for the NBA. Please see my release about this sad development here

Congratulating the Murray Sisters of Cordova for Winning Congressional App Challenge 

Earlier this week, Jayda and Anaya Murray of Cordova won the Congressional App Challenge for the 9th Congressional District of Tennessee with their “Safety U” app. The app presents a series of unsafe situations an entering freshman might encounter at college and offers a range of options for dealing with them. I want to congratulate them for their innovation and engagement with computer science. See my release about them here.

Writing in Opposition to Block-Granting TennCare 

To be on record for the official comment period, I submitted a letter to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services opposing Tennessee’s block grant proposal.  I remain gravely concerned about what this could mean for Memphians and residents of the Ninth District.  Thousands in our community depend on TennCare to survive, and Governor Lee’s priorities have been focused on rural counties rather than cities like Memphis. I have fought tirelessly to expand access to affordable health care, and I believe this block grant would do nothing but harm Memphians. See my letter here

Announcing $13.3 Million in Head Start Grants 

On Thursday, I announced the Shelby County Board of Education and Porter-Leath would be receiving a combined $13.3 million in Head Start grants. See my release here

Announcing $4 Million Grant to Foote Park at South City 
On Tuesday, I announced that Memphis will be receiving a $4 million Department of Housing and Urban Development grant for Foote Park at South City. See my release on it here

Announcing $872,000 in Research Grants to UTHSC and St. Jude 

On Monday, the National Institutes of Health informed my office that the University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC) and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital will be receiving research grants totaling $872,000. See my release here

Offering 2020 U.S. Historical Society Calendars

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My office will have a limited number of 2020 U.S. Capitol Historical Society calendars available. If you would like to receive a calendar, please complete this form on my website. Due to the rules of the House, I am only able to mail calendars to residents of Tennessee’s Ninth District. Please feel free to share this email with other residents of the Ninth District who may be interested in receiving one but who do not receive my e-Newsletter.   

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I enjoy meeting regularly with constituents in the district and helping get answers for them to questions about dealing with federal agencies. If you are interested in attending one of my “Congress on Your Corner” events, you can sign up here to receive a notification as soon as the next event is scheduled.    
  
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Weekly Health Tip

The holidays don’t have to be stressful but can often be overwhelming. I want to wish everyone a beautiful holiday season and offer some tips on relieving stress from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) here

Quote of the Day 

This is my House floor speech during the debate on articles of impeachment on Wednesday: 

“From our founding, the United States has been a special nation: ‘a city upon a hill.’  Our values are enshrined in our Constitution: liberty, equality, and opportunity.  We are a self-governing people, where every person is equal before the law.  In the United States, we don’t have a king.  We choose our leaders. We vote.  

Generations of Americans have fought -- and some have died – to secure these inalienable rights. 

The Constitution begins, ‘We the people of the United States.’  That’s us.  It’s not ‘we the leaders of Russia, Ukraine, or China,’ or ‘we the Democrats’ or ‘we the Republicans.’  It’s ‘We the people of the United States’ and all Americans -- and only Americans -- get to have a say in our elections. 

Donald Trump used the high power of the Presidency to pressure a foreign nation to besmirch his perceived primary political opponent.  He corrupted our elections and compromised our national security so that he could keep power.  Not power for the people – power for himself. In 2016, Candidate Trump called for foreign interference when he said, ‘Russia, if you are listening…’ In 2019, President Trump sought foreign interference when he needed a ‘favor’ from Ukraine to intervene in the 2020 election. President Trump attacked, and is a continuing threat, to our system of free and fair elections. 

Like all of you, I took an oath to support and to defend the Constitution.  I urge my colleagues to abide by that oath and stand up to President Trump’s abuse of power and obstruction of Congress.  To my colleagues on both sides of the aisle, I appeal to your patriotism and implore you to defend free and fair elections and preserve the Constitution.    

God Save the United States of America.”   

As always, I remain
Most sincerely,

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Steve Cohen
Member of Congress