Congressman Steve Cohen

Representing the 9th District of Tennessee

Keeping the Victims of the Las Vegas Mass Shooting in My Thoughts and Advocating for Reasonable, Commonsense Gun Laws

October 6, 2017
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Dear Friend,

This week, I was shocked and saddened when I learned of the Las Vegas mass shooting, cosponsored legislation to ban bump stocks that turn semi-automatic rifles into machine guns, responded to the shooting by recommending reasonable, commonsense gun laws, opposed the cruel budget passed by the Republican-controlled House of Representatives, introduced the Police CAMERA Act to help provide body cameras for local law enforcement, and spoke out against a GOP bill that infringes on the rights of women that are included in Roe v. Wade. Keep reading to learn more about my week and follow me on Twitter and Facebook to see more updates as they happen.

Keeping the Victims of the Las Vegas Mass Shooting in My Thoughts and Advocating for Reasonable, Commonsense Gun Laws
Opposing the Cruel Republican Budget
Introducing the Police CAMERA Act
Helping to Secure Federal Funding to Eliminate the Rape Kit Backlog in Memphis
Fighting for Women’s Health
Bringing Congress to your Corner
Important Information on the Equifax Data Breach
The Congressional App Challenge
Sign Up for My New Grants E-Newsletter
Quote of the Week
Weekly Health Tip

Keeping the Victims of the Las Vegas Mass Shooting in My Thoughts and Advocating for Reasonable, Commonsense Gun Laws

This week, I was saddened and horrified by the mass shooting in Las Vegas on Sunday night. My thoughts go out to the victims of this senseless tragedy and their families. I cosponsored legislation to prohibit bump stocks, like the one the Las Vegas shooter used to convert a semi-automatic rifles into the equivalent of a machine gun, but I hope Congress will go further. I responded to the shooting by urging Congress to pass common sense gun laws, such as no-fly-no-buy and restrictions on certain assault weapons and high-capacity magazines. Read my full statement here. Watch my remarks on the House floor on gun control here. Watch my interview with Larry King on this issue and others here.

Opposing the Cruel Republican Budget

On Thursday, I spoke in support of the Democratic Alternative Budget that invests in infrastructure, schools, medical research, and more to move our country forward. The GOP Budget sets our country back by cutting vital programs to many Americans, having insufficient investment in the National Institutes of Health (NIH), giving huge tax cuts to millionaires and billionaires, and more. Watch my remarks on the House floor here. Watch my remarks with my friend, colleague, and Ranking Member of the House Budget Committee Congressman John Yarmuth (D-KY) on Facebook Live here (approximately the 9:30 mark). 

Introducing the Police CAMERA Act

On Wednesday, Senators Brian Schatz, Rand Paul and I introduced the Police Creating Accountability by Making Effective Recording Available (Police CAMERA) Act. This bill would create a pilot grant program to assist state and local law enforcement agencies in developing safe and effective body-worn camera programs that also protect civilians’ privacy rights. This bill would be an important step in rebuilding trust between police and the communities they serve. Read more here.

Helping to Secure Federal Funding to Eliminate the Rape Kit Backlog in Memphis

Late last week, I was pleased to announce that Memphis will be receiving a more than $1 million federal grant from the U.S. Department of Justice’s Sexual Assault Kit Initiative (SAKI) to help process untested rape kits in law enforcement custody. Last month, the House of Representatives passed my amendment to include an additional $4 million in the Fiscal Year 2018 House appropriations package for SAKI funding nationally. Read more here.

Fighting for Women’s Health

Instead of considering legislation to prevent gun violence, House Republicans brought the questionably named and unconstitutional Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act to the House floor on Wednesday without any hearings or mark-ups in the House Judiciary Committee. This bill infringes on the rights of women that are included in Roe v. Wade. Watch my reaction here.

Bringing Congress to your Corner

On Friday, October 27 from 11:00am to 1:00pm, my office will hold “Congress on your Corner” office hours at the Gaisman Community Center (4221 Macon Road). If you have questions or problems with Social Security, Medicare, FHA, the VA or any other federal agencies, my staff will be on hand to answer questions and provide assistance. We hope you can make it.  

2018 U.S. Capitol Historical Society Calendars Are Available

My office currently has a limited number of 2018 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 eNewsletter.

Important Information on the Equifax Data Breach

On September 7, the consumer credit reporting agency Equifax disclosed a data breach from earlier this year that compromised the personal information of 143 million Americans. All 9th District residents should be aware of precautionary measures that can help ensure their financial security. 

If you believe your data may have been compromised, there are steps you can take. These include: regularly monitoring your accounts, creating additional alerts for your credit report, and placing a security freeze on your credit report, which prevents others from opening up accounts in your name without your knowledge. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFBP) has published a helpful guide, which you can find here, on how to secure your identity following the Equifax data breach.

If you have any questions or are in need of assistance, please do not hesitate to contact my office at (901) 544-4131 or visit my website at https://cohen.house.gov/contact/email

The Congressional App Challenge

The Congressional App Challenge is a competition aimed at encouraging U.S. K-12 students to learn how to code by creating their own applications, or “apps.” The Congressional App Challenge is open to all students in the Ninth Congressional District of Tennessee. Students entering the competition must submit their app on CongressionalAppChallenge.us by 12:00 PM (noon) Eastern Daylight Time on November 1, 2017. Click here for more information.

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

Weekly Health Tip

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.

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Unfortunately, one in eight women born today in the U.S. will get breast cancer at some point. Learn more about screenings and treatments for breast cancer here

As always, I remain. 
Most sincerely,
 
Steve Cohen
Member of Congress