Reacting to the Testimony of Former FBI Director James Comey
This week, I reacted to former FBI Director James Comey’s testimony before the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence about his interactions with President Trump, spoke at an event in Memphis on efforts to end gun violence, voted against a bill to overturn critical Dodd-Frank financial protections, wrote an op-ed on the legacy of Senator Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. and attended a Congressional Delegation Trip with the U.S. Navy to learn about submarine operations. Keep reading to learn more about my week and follow me on Twitter and Facebook to see more updates as they happen.
Reacting to the Testimony of Former FBI Director James Comey
Fighting to End Gun Violence
Protecting Dodd-Frank Financial Reform
Remembering the Legacy of Robert Kennedy, Jr.
Learning About Submarine Operations
Bringing Congress to Your Corner
My Brother’s Keeper Alliance Coming to Memphis
Sign Up for My New Grants E-Newsletter
Quote of the Week
Weekly Health Tip
Doug Mills/The New York Times
On Thursday, former FBI Director James Comey testified before the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence regarding his interactions with President Donald Trump. Based on Comey’s account, it appears that the President attempted to intimidate the FBI Director and obstruct the investigation of former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn. Read my full statement here. Watch my reaction on the House floor here.
On Saturday, I attended the Wear Orange Community Picnic at Robert R. Church Park to honor the victims of gun violence in Memphis and update people on my work in Congress to curb gun violence, including closing the gun show loophole, preventing those on the terrorist watch list from purchasing firearms and requiring background checks before purchasing guns.
On Thursday, I voted against the Financial CHOICE Act. This bill, that many of us have taken to calling the “Wrong Choice Act,” would overturn key protections in the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act that was signed into law by President Obama to prevent the kind of economic disaster we experienced in 2008 from occurring again. The Wrong Choice Act would give Wall Street a hand while ignoring the needs of hard-working Americans. This bill would dismantle consumer protections for seniors, our men and women in uniform and people saving for their retirement – all while helping out the billionaires and large financial institutions who need it least. It would give bad actors a free pass to return to the reckless risk-taking that brought our economy to the brink of collapse when hundreds of thousands of people lost their jobs every month, the unemployment rate soared, more than 11 million Americans lost their homes through foreclosure, and 13 trillion in wealth, including families’ hard-earned retirement savings and college savings, was destroyed.
Monday was the 49th anniversary of the assassination of Senator Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. New York State Representative Michael Blake, former Tennessee State Senator Bill Owen, California Democratic Party Advisor Bob Mulholland and I published an op-ed in The Tennessean, The Commercial Appeal and The Knoxville News Sentinel this week highlighting the legacy of Robert Kennedy and the impact of the 1968 presidential election. Read it here.
Congressman Erik Paulsen (R-MN), Commander Jason Grizzle and me
The U.S.S. Providence
On Monday, I attended a Congressional Delegation trip hosted by the United States Navy to familiarize members of Congress with submarine operations. During the delegation trip, we boarded the U.S.S. Providence and spent one day under the water learning about the submarine. The submarine was 330 feet long by 30 feet wide and full of equipment. Walking was tight. If a person passed you, you had to turn sideways for both people to fit. There were numerous ladders and steps as well. It was quite the thigh workout! Submarines are a critical piece of the U.S. Trident nuclear program for nuclear deterrence and defense. The United States keeps a majority of its nuclear weapons on submarines that run “silent and deep” to avoid detection by enemies. Commander Jason Grizzle had previously been stationed in Millington, so we talked BBQ, the Tigers, the Redbirds and the Grizzlies.
On Friday, June 23 from 11am-1pm at the Whitehaven Branch Library (4120 Millbranch Road), my staff will hold “Congress on Your Corner” office hours to assist Memphians with questions or problems with federal agencies such as Social Security, Medicare, FHA, the VA and more. Please mark the date on your calendar. For more information about Congress on Your Corner, visit my website at https://cohen.house.gov.
On Thursday, June 22, My Brother's Keeper Alliance (MBK Alliance) will bring the Pathways to Success: Boys and Young Men of Color Opportunity Summit to Memphis. The Summit will provide individuals between the ages of 16 and 29 opportunities to interview with employers for on-the-spot hiring, access community resources and social services, and participate in career preparation and leadership development training. Click here for more information.
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.
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.
June is Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month. While Alzheimer’s cannot be prevented, catching the disease early can slow its progression. Talk with your doctor if you feel you or your loved one begins to exhibit symptoms of memory loss. I was proud to be the House sponsor of the EUREKA Act, which was included in the 21st Century Cures Act that President Obama signed into law last year. The EUREKA Act provides federal funding for prizes through the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to accelerate discovery and development for new prevention measures, treatments, and cures for diseases like Alzheimer’s disease. Read more about how the federal government is fighting Alzheimer’s disease here.
As always, I remain.
Member of Congress