Congressman Steve Cohen

Representing the 9th District of Tennessee

Pursuing the Impeachment of Donald Trump

September 27, 2019
Enewsletters

Dear Friend, 
This week, I supported Speaker Pelosi’s decision to pursue an impeachment inquiry into President Trump, following recent developments involving the President’s efforts to pressure Ukraine to interfere in the 2020 Presidential Election. I also questioned law enforcement experts on how to best protect Americans from assault-style weapons and armor-piercing bullets; recommended passage of my Safer Streets Act in a hearing on how gun violence affects our communities; questioned the adequacy of the General Services Administration oversight of the Trump International Hotel lease; demanded to know why provisions of my Seat Egress in Air Travel (SEAT) Act have not been implemented after becoming law almost a year ago; announced a significant grant to the Memphis airport; offered Capitol Historical Society calendars; and offered a seasonal health tip. Keep reading to learn more about my week and follow me on TwitterFacebook and Instagram to see more updates as they happen. 

Pursuing the Impeachment of Donald Trump 
Questioning Experts on Assault Weapons and Their Use on Our Streets 
Addressing the Impact of Gun Violence with the Safer Streets Act 
Questioning the Adequacy of GSA Oversight of Trump Hotel Lease 
Demanding Answers on FAA Compliance with SEAT Act 
Announcing $4.2 Million Grant to Memphis International Airport 
Calling Attention to U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives Tip Line
Offering Capitol Historical Society Calendars 
Weekly Health Tip 
Quote of the Week 


Pursuing the Impeachment of Donald Trump 

On Tuesday, following a whistleblower complaint that the President pressured the President of Ukraine to interfere in the 2020 Presidential election, I joined Speaker Pelosi and the majority of House Democrats in support of a formal impeachment inquiry. I first called for the impeachment of the President in the fall of 2017 and am heartened that so many of my colleagues are now in agreement that we must swiftly proceed with an impeachment inquiry. I am very concerned by the seriousness of this most recent and extreme example of President Trump’s impeachable conduct. See my release about this situation here and my House floor speech on Thursday here

Questioning Experts on Assault Weapons and Their Use on Our Streets 

On Wednesday, as a senior member of the House Judiciary Committee, I questioned expert witnesses on assault weapons and armor-piercing bullets. Dr. RaShall Brackney, the Chief of Police in Charlottesville, Virginia, took exception to the flawed notion that a good person with a gun can stop a bad person with a gun. She said, “Actually, what stops a bad person with a gun is keeping a gun out of their hands to start with.” I ended my questioning of witnesses with a statement: “I stand with the police and the sheriffs’ departments, and not with the NRA.” See my release and that testimony here.  

Addressing Gun Violence with Safer Streets Act 

On Thursday, I questioned witnesses at a hearing on “Community Responses to Gun Violence in Our Cities” held by the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism and Homeland Security. During the hearing, I discussed my Safer Streets Act, which would direct grant funding to communities with at least twice the national rate of violent crime. See my release on the hearing here

Questioning Adequacy of GSA Oversight of Trump Hotel Lease  

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Also Wednesday, I questioned why the General Services Administration (GSA) didn’t consider the Constitution’s emoluments clause when evaluating the Trump Organization’s lease of the Trump International Hotel in Washington, D.C. I also asked about Trump’s decision to forfeit the profits earned at the hotel from foreign governments and why they haven’t been audited for accuracy or publicly revealed. See the wholly inadequate GSA responses to my questions here

Demanding Answers on FAA Compliance with SEAT Act  

On Thursday, the Deputy Administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration appeared before the House Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee on Aviation.  I asked him why the Seat Egress in Air Travel (SEAT) Act that I authored and was signed into law last year has not been fully implemented. See my release here

Announcing $4.2 Million Grant to Memphis International Airport 

On Tuesday, I announced a $4.2 million grant to Memphis International Airport for a deicing pad and associated facilities. See my release here

Calling Attention to U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives Tip Line

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Last month, I met with officials with the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives to talk about gun crime in Memphis and the creation of a strike force to address it. I also told the officials that I would call attention to the bureau’s Gun Crimes Tip Line in my newsletter to constituents. Call (888) ATF-TIPS –  (888) 283-8477 -- if you have a tip for these dedicated law enforcement specialists.  
  
Offering U.S. Capitol 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 eNewsletter.    
   
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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. My next “Congress on Your Corner” is Friday, October 25, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the South Branch Library, 1929 South Third Street, Memphis 38109.   
    
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Weekly Health Tip 

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Earlier this week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported more than 540 cases of infection by the West Nile Virus, including cases in Shelby and Gibson counties in West Tennessee and Craighead County in Eastern Arkansas. The CDC has good advice on how to prevent and repel mosquitoes. See statistics on the disease, means of preventing exposure and other information here.  

Quote of the Week  

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“To announce that there must be no criticism of the President, or that we are to stand by the President, right or wrong, is not only unpatriotic and servile, but is morally treasonable to the American public. Nothing but the truth should be spoken about him or anyone else. But it is even more important to tell the truth, pleasant or unpleasant, about him than about anyone else.” – Former President Theodore Roosevelt, syndicated column in The Kansas City Star, May 7, 1918.  
 
Congratulations to the University of Memphis Tigers in their victory over Navy Thursday night. 4-0! Go Tigers! 

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As always, I remain
Most sincerely,

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Steve Cohen
Member of Congress