Congressman Steve Cohen

Representing the 9th District of Tennessee

Questioning Special Counsel Robert Mueller

July 26, 2019
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Dear Friend,  

 This week, I questioned Special Counsel Robert Mueller at a Judiciary Committee hearing reviewing his report on the Russian interference in the 2016 Presidential Election and President Trump’s efforts to obstruct the investigation. I also introduced the School Bus Safety Act and questioned witnesses at a Transportation and Infrastructure Committee hearing on school bus safety; testified before the Energy and Commerce Committee about my NEWBORN Act aimed at lowering high rates of infant mortality; voted for passage of the PAST Act prohibiting horse soring; voted to stop abusive robocalls; announced grants to the University of Memphis and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital; guided my National Guard and Reservists debt relief bill through passage in the House; introduced the Housing Accountability Act; and offered a health tip about Hepatitis. Keep reading to learn more about my week and follow me  on TwitterFacebook and Instagram to see more updates as they happen.   

Questioning Special Counsel Robert Mueller  
Introducing School Bus Safety Act  
Urging the Energy and Commerce Committee to Hold a Hearing on NEWBORN Act  
Voting for Passage of PAST Act Horse Protection  
Voting to Stop Abusive Robocalls  
Announcing Grants to University of Memphis and St. Jude  
Voting for National Guard and Reservists Debt Relief  
Introducing Housing Accountability Act  
Cosponsoring Marijuana Opportunity Reinvestment and Expungement Act  
Weekly Health Tip  
Quote of the Week  
 


Questioning Special Counsel Robert Mueller  

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On Wednesday, as a senior member of the House Judiciary Committee, I questioned Special Counsel Robert Mueller about his investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election and President Trump’s efforts to obstruct the inquiry. I asked Mueller about then-Attorney General Jeff Session’s recusal decision and whether the Attorney General’s job is to defend the United States or serve as the President’s consigliere. See my release and my line of questioning here

Introducing School Bus Safety Act

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On Thursday, Senator Tammy Duckworth and  I introduced  the School Bus Safety Act, which would help keep students safe as they travel to and from school while also helping prevent accidents involving school buses. I also participated in a House Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee hearing on school bus safety where several panelists endorsed provisions of the bill. See my release on the bill here and on the hearing here.

Urging the Energy and Commerce Committee to Hold a Hearing on NEWBORN Act 

I testified Thursday before the House Energy and Commerce Committee urging members to hold a hearing on my bill, H.R. 117, the Nationally Enhancing the Wellbeing of Babies through Outreach and Research Now (NEWBORN) Act. The bill would provide insightful data and immediate support to areas with the highest rates of infant mortality. See my release with that testimony here

Voting for Passage of PAST Act Horse Protection 

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Congressman Cohen speaks at a press conference with stacks and and chains used for soring.   

On Wednesday, as sponsor of the Prevent All Soring Tactics (PAST) Act, I held a press conference in advance of the passage of the bill, which I have sponsored since Congressman Ed Whitfield of Kentucky and I first introduced it in 2012.  Horse soring is a cruel and despicable practice, most often used on Tennessee Walking Horses. The bill had over 300 co-sponsors as it has in previous Congresses when it was blocked by Republican leadership, despite being supported by many Republicans. I am happy that the House did the right thing this week to protect horses and hope the Senate will follow suit.  See my release here.

Voting to Stop Abusive Robocalls 

On Wednesday, I spoke on the House floor in support of, and then voted for, the Stopping Bad Robocalls Act. We need to prohibit abusive robocalls and reign in its practitioners. See my release and floor speech here

Announcing Grants to University of Memphis and St. Jude 

On Wednesday, I announced a National Science Foundation grant to the University of Memphis and on Thursday, I announced a U.S. Department of Health and Human Services grant to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. See my releases here and here.  

Voting for National Guard and Reservists Debt Relief  

On Tuesday I was pleased to see the House pass the bill I introduced, H.R. 3304, The National Guard and Reservists Debt Relief Extension Act. Our National Guard and Reservists should be able to file for bankruptcy without having to fill out burdensome paperwork.  See my release about it here.  

Introducing Housing Accountability Act 

On Tuesday, I introduced with Congressman French Hill of Arkansas the Housing Accountability Act, a bipartisan, bicameral bill to improve the quality and management of Section 8 and subsidized housing. See my release about it here

Cosponsoring Marijuana Opportunity Reinvestment and Expungement Act  

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Also Tuesday, I joined House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler and Senator Kamala Harris of California in introducing the Marijuana Opportunity and Reinvestment and Expungement (MORE) Act. The bill would remove marijuana from the Controlled Substances Act and invest communities that have suffered under the War on Drugs with re-entry, legal aid and substance abuse and treatment  programs. I have been working to reform our marijuana laws for most of my public life. This bill is real reform. See my release on the bill here

Weekly Health Tip 

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Sunday, July 28, is World Hepatitis Day. According to the World Health Organization, there are 257 million people living with chronic Hepatitis B and another 71 million living with chronic Hepatitis C. Learn more about the disease and how to avoid it with this guidancefrom the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 

Quote of the Week   

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As noted above, Special Counsel Robert Mueller testified before the House Judiciary Committee this week. In my five-minute question period, this exchange occurred: 

Congressman Cohen: “Is the Attorney General supposed to be the Attorney General of the United States of America or the consigliere for the President?  

Robert Mueller: “The United States of America.” 

Congressman Cohen: “Thank you, sir.”   

As always, I remain
Most sincerely,

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Steve Cohen
Member of Congress