Congressman Steve Cohen

Representing the 9th District of Tennessee

Questioning Witnesses at a Historic Impeachment Hearing

December 6, 2019
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Dear Friend, 

This week, I questioned witnesses at a historic Judiciary Committee hearing analyzing the Constitutional grounds for the impeachment of President Trump. I also testified before the Rules Committee to advance the Voting Rights Advancement Act, and voted for the measure on the House floor; voted to curb unwanted robocalls; called attention to open enrollment for Affordable Care Act health insurance; pointed to federal resources available for childcare assistance; condemned a new Trump Administration rule on food stamps; announced federal research grants to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and the University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC); offered U.S. Capitol Historical calendars for 2020; and offered a health tip. Keep reading to learn more about my week and follow me on TwitterFacebook and Instagram to see more updates as they happen.  

Questioning Experts at Historic Judiciary Committee Hearing on the Impeachment of President Trump  
Managing Rules Committee Debate and Voting to Pass Voting Rights Advancement Act 
Voting to Curb Annoying Robocalls 
Calling Attention to Open Enrollment for Affordable Care Act Health Coverage   
Highlighting Accomplishments of the “For the People” Agenda 
Pointing Out Federal Resources Available for Childcare Assistance  
Condemning and Countering U.S.D.A.’s new SNAP Rule 
Announcing Research Grants to St. Jude and UTHSC 
Offering 2020 U.S. Historical Society Calendars   
Weekly Health Tip 
Quote of the Week 


Questioning Experts at Historic Judiciary Committee Hearing on the Impeachment of President Trump  

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On Wednesday, the Judiciary Committee held a hearing on the Constitutional grounds for the impeachment of a president, and I questioned legal scholars who testified that President Trump has committed impeachable acts. This is the fourth time in American history that the U.S. House of Representatives has considered the impeachment of a president. See my release and my questioning of the witnesses here. See my interview after the hearing with Chris Cuomo of CNN here

Testifying in Support and Voting to Pass Voting Rights Advancement Act 

On Wednesday night, I represented the Judiciary Committee and testified in favor of bringing the Voting Rights Advancement Act to the House floor. Earlier today, I voted for and the House passed the bill, which restores protections of voting rights gutted by a 2013 Supreme Court decision -- a major legislative priority. You may recall that, as Chairman of the House Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights and Civil Liberties, I conducted several hearings on this bill, including one at the University of Memphis School of Law in September. See my release on the bill’s passage, and a floor speech I made in support of it, here

Voting to Curb Annoying Robocalls 

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On Wednesday, I voted for and the House overwhelmingly passed the bipartisan Telephone Robocall Abuse Criminal Enforcement and Deterrence (TRACED) Act. The bill, which has broad support in the Senate and is likely to be signed into law by the end of the year, requires phone companies to block robocalls without charging customers any extra money and requires that carriers ensure calls are coming from real numbers. It would also give government regulators more time to find scam callers and penalize them more aggressively. 

Calling Attention to Open Enrollment for Affordable Care Act Health Coverage   

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Open Enrollment for 2020 Affordable Care Act (ACA) health insurance coverage began on November 1 and ends December 15, which is closer than you might think. The Trump Administration reduced the open enrollment period by six weeks after taking office and is keeping that limited window of opportunity again this year.  You can visit www.Healthcare.gov/lower-costs to see if you qualify for tax credits that will be applied as discounts on your monthly insurance premium. 

Highlighting Accomplishments of the “For the People” Agenda  

I am hearing misleading commentary from the right-wing echo chamber to the effect that the House is not doing anything as it pursues an impeachment inquiry into President Trump’s conduct. Nothing could be further from the truth. The House has passed nearly 400 bills this year. Over 300 of those -- including 275 bipartisan bills -- are stuck in the Senate where Majority Leader Mitch McConnell refuses to call them up for a vote. This includes the Paycheck Fairness Act, the Bipartisan Background Checks Act and bills to protect people with pre-existing conditions and to lower prescription drug costs. As we are so often reminded these days: the truth matters.  

Pointing Out Federal Resources Available for Childcare Assistance  

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As your Congressman, one of my top priorities is to ensure that Memphians who work tirelessly to provide a strong foundation for their children have the support they need to be successful. It is important to know that the state of Tennessee has resources available for child care assistance.  Eligible parents and guardians may receive support for child care services through Tennessee’s Smart Steps Child Care Payment Assistance Program.  Visit here to see if you are eligible.  

Condemning and Countering U.S.D.A.’s new SNAP Rule 

This week, the Trump Administration announced it is implementing a new rule on  work requirements that is expected to prevent an estimated 700,000 people from receiving Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits. This is a cruel and heartless move, which is why I joined my colleagues this week to introduce the Protect SNAP Act. This bill would prevent this rule from taking effect.  

Announcing Research Grants to St. Jude and UTHSC 

This week, I announced that St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and the University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC) received significant research grants from the National Institutes of Health. See my releases on the grants here and 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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Weekly Health Tip 

Last week, I got the shingles vaccine shot. Shingles is an often-painful disease consisting of blisters and a burning sensation that becomes more common with age. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, it can be prevented with the vaccine. See the CDC’s guidance here.  

Quote of the Week 

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“The president has engaged in abuse of power undermining our national security and jeopardizing the integrity of our elections. His actions are in defiance of the vision of our Founders and the oath of office that he takes to preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States. Sadly, but with confidence and humility, with allegiance to our Founders and our heart full of love for America, today I’m asking our chairmen to proceed with articles of impeachment.” – House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s statement Thursday.  

I’ll be watching the AAC Championship Game on television Saturday and wish everyone at the Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium -- and all loyal Tigers fans -- a second win in as many weeks over the Cincinnati Bearcats, and the championship! Go Tigers!  

As always, I remain
Most sincerely,

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Steve Cohen
Member of Congress