Voting to Direct the President to Terminate Use of Force Against Iran

January 10, 2020
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Dear Friend,  
This week, I voted to uphold the U.S. Constitution and prevent the President from using our armed forces in or against Iran without the express consent of Congress. I also reviewed the Trump Administration's justification for killing an Iranian general; planned for my District Issues Meeting next Friday; expressed my support for Speaker Pelosi’s handling of the articles of impeachment against President Trump; congratulated Whitehaven High School math teacher Nathan Kirsch for winning a prestigious national award; announced a significant grant to the Mid-South Minority Business Center; and offered a health tip about what is turning out to be a very bad flu season. Keep reading to learn more about my week and follow me on TwitterFacebook and Instagram to see more updates as they happen.  

Voting to Direct the President to Terminate the Use of Armed Forces in or against Iran 
Reviewing the Trump Administration’s Weak Justification for Killing Qassim Suleimani     
Holding My District Issues Meeting on Friday  
Supporting Speaker Pelosi’s Handling of the Articles of Impeachment  
Congratulating White Station High School Math Teacher Nathan Kirsch 
Voting to Require the EPA to Regulate PFAS Chemical Contamination 
Announcing Grant to Mid-South Minority Business Center 
Weekly Health Tip 
Quote of the Week 


 
Voting to Direct the President to Terminate the Use of Armed Forces in or against Iran 

On Thursday, I voted for a resolution directing the President to terminate the use of our armed services in or against Iran without expressed Congressional authorization.  Under the Constitution, Congress has the authority to declare war. The Founders entrusted the people’s representatives with this responsibility to ensure broad support for such significant military action by the United States. See my release, including my remarks during the debate on the House floor, here.  

Reviewing the Trump Administration’s Weak Justification for Killing Qassim Suleimani   

On Wednesday, I attended a classified briefing on the killing of Iranian General Qassim Suleimani presented by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Secretary of Defense Mark Esper; General Mark Milley, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff; CIA Director Gina Haspel and Acting Director of National Intelligence Joseph Maguire. Like Senators Mike Lee (R-Utah) and Rand Paul (R-Kentucky), I was very disappointed at the presentation because it simply did not provide the justification for why the killing was undertaken at this time and under what authority. Later, I went to the Sensitive Compartmentalized Information Facility, known as a SCIF, in the U.S. Capitol to review classified documents on the Suleimani strike. These classified documents also did not provide enough information to establish the General was preparing an imminent attack, as claimed.  

Holding My District Issues Meeting on Friday  

On Friday, January 17, I will hold my District Issues Meeting with constituents in my office in the Clifford Davis-Odell Horton Federal building downtown from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. There, I will discuss legislative priorities for 2020 and listen to your concerns and your issues. If you plan to attend, please let my district office staff know by calling (901) 544-4131.  

Supporting Speaker Pelosi’s Handling of the Articles of Impeachment 

Last month, I voted for, and the House passed, two articles of impeachment against President Trump. Speaker Pelosi has not yet forwarded them to the Senate for trial as she awaits details about how that trial will be organized. I have been asked by the press whether I support her approach and have been unequivocal: I do.  

Congratulating White Station High School Math Teacher Nathan Kirsch 

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On Wednesday, Whitehaven High School math teacher Nathan Kirsch was awarded the prestigious Milken Educator Award, what some call “the Oscar for teaching.” This award is only given to 40 early- and mid-career teachers across the country, often jump-starting careers while inspiring educators and their communities. Mr. Kirsch is an inspiration and a credit to the Whitehaven community. I congratulate him. See my remarks on his achievement in a speech on the House floor here and in The Congressional Record here. 

Voting to Require the EPA to Regulate PFAS Chemical Contamination 

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On Friday, I voted for, and the House passed, a bill requiring the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to regulate PFAS, an emerging family of chemicals contaminating municipal and private water supplies. The bill would require the EPA to set limits for the chemicals in drinking water.   

Announcing Grant to Mid-South Minority Business Center 

This week, I announced that the Mid-South Minority Council TADP will be receiving a significant grant from the U.S. Department of Commerce to spur job creation and retention. See my release here

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Weekly Health Tip 

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This flu season is on track to be one of the worst in years, according to the Director of the National Institute of Allergies and Infectious Diseases, Dr. Anthony Fauci. It’s not too late to get a flu shot. See details about the current flu season and guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) here.  

Quote of the Week

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 “We have no illusions about Iran, no illusions about Suleimani, who was a terrible person. But it’s not about how bad they are, it’s about how good we are, protecting the people in a way that prevents war and will not have us producing, again and again, generations of veterans who are suffering.” – Speaker Nancy Pelosi at her Thursday, January 9, press conference. 

As always, I remain
Most sincerely,

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Steve Cohen
Member of Congress