Congressman Steve Cohen

Representing the 9th District of Tennessee

Voting to Establish Procedures for Impeachment Inquiry

November 1, 2019
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November 1, 2019

Dear Friend,  
This week, I voted to establish transparent and fair procedures for Congress as we begin the next phase of our impeachment inquiry into President Trump’s misconduct. I also demanded accountability from Boeing’s CEO after the fatal crashes of its 737 MAX aircraft; wrote to Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) officials to clarify how emergency evacuation testing of aircraft should be conducted later this month; remembered my friend and former Congressional colleague John Conyers; cheered for the World Series-winning Washington Nationals; welcomed ESPN’s “College GameDay” to Beale Street on Saturday; prepared for my annual Veterans Day event; called attention to free, cost-saving energy workshops being offered by the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA); offered Capitol Historical Society 2020 calendars; introduced a bill for creating a postage stamp and funding source for diabetes research; 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. 
 
Setting Rules for How Impeachment Inquiry Will Proceed 
Demanding Accountability from Boeing for Fatal 737 MAX Crashes 
Seeking Realistic Procedures for Testing Aircraft Evacuations 
Remembering My Former Congressional Colleague John Conyers 
Cheering on the Washington Nationals for Winning the World Series 
Welcoming ESPN’s “College GameDay” to Beale Street 
Preparing for My 11th Annual Veterans Day Event 
Calling Attention to TVA workshops on saving on utilities 
Offering Capitol Historical Society Calendars 
Introducing the Diabetes Prevention Semipostal Postage Stamp Act 
Weekly Health Tip 
Quote of the Week 


Setting Rules for How Impeachment Inquiry Will Proceed 

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On Thursday, I voted for, and the House passed, specific rules governing the impeachment inquiry as we move from closed depositions to open hearings. These procedures will guarantee a thorough and transparent review of the President’s conduct. Recent polls show that the majority of Americans now support the impeachment inquiry, and the House of Representatives is dedicated to gathering all the facts and holding this administration accountable. Once the House’s five investigative committees, including the Intelligence Committee, conclude their investigations, they will share their findings with the House Judiciary Committee on which I serve. As Chairman of the Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights and Civil Liberties, I will have an important role in analyzing the evidence and making recommendations to the full Judiciary Committee about articles of impeachment. See my release here.

Demanding Accountability from Boeing for Fatal 737 MAX Crashes 

On Wednesday, I questioned Boeing executives about the crashes of two of its 737 MAX aircraft that killed 346 people, and I demanded they take concrete steps to be accountable to victims’ families. See my release, including my exchange with the witnesses, here.  

Seeking Realistic Procedures for Testing Aircraft Evacuations 

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Last year, I was proud to pass the Seat Egress in Air Travel (SEAT) Act, which requires the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to establish minimum seat size and distance between rows of seats on planes in order to meet the 90-second emergency airplane evacuation time mandated by federal regulation. On Thursday, I wrote to senior Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) officials to question reports that aircraft evacuation tests mandated by the SEAT Act would not include participants under 18, over 60 or with travel-restricting disabilities, service animals or young children.  This is unacceptable. It is essential that a representative demographic sampling of the flying public be used in the tests planned for November. See my release and the letter to the FAA here

Remembering My Former Congressional Colleague John Conyers 

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On Sunday, I learned of the passing of former Michigan Congressman John Conyers with whom I served on the Judiciary Committee, which he chaired.  Conyers was always a strong and consistent voice for civil rights and civil liberties, and I considered him a friend and mentor.  He made a profound difference fighting for equality and justice across our nation, and I will miss him. See my statement here

Cheering on the Washington Nationals for Winning the World Series  

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I’ve been an avid baseball fan all my life and have become a big Washington Nationals fan since they came to D.C. I’ve watched this season as the Nats reversed a losing streak, defied the odds as a wild card pick, defeated the St. Louis Cardinals for the National League pennant, and then kept us in suspense through the seventh game of the World Series to beat the Houston Astros. What a season! What a team! Go Nats! 

Welcoming ESPN’s “College GameDay” to Beale Street 

On Saturday, ESPN brings its “College GameDay” to Beale Street, calling attention to the Tigers’ winning season and training its attention on the Memphis-Southern Methodist University game. Go Tigers! 

Preparing for My 11th Annual Veterans Day Event 

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The invitations are out for my 11th Annual Veterans Day event, to be held on the November 11th national observance at the Kroc Center on East Parkway South. I want to thank all our veterans and hope to meet as many as I can on the holiday, hearing what’s on their minds and letting them know what I’m doing for them in Washington.  

Calling Attention to TVA holding FREE Workshops on Lowering Utility Bills 

The Tennessee Valley Authority is holding FREE Home Energy Workshops in Shelby County to offer tips on lowering utility bills with money-saving habits for lower energy use. Attendees will receive a FREE home energy kit. The remaining workshops are: 
  • November 4 at the Parkway Village Library, 4655 Knight Arnold Road, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. 
  • November 9 at the Cornelia Crenshaw Library, 531 Vance Avenue, from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. 

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.   
 
Sign Up for “Congress on Your Corner” and this e-Newsletter    

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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.

For those who haven’t participated in a telephone town hall, it’s easy to sign up for them by using this form.  

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Introducing the Diabetes Prevention Semipostal Stamp Act 

On Wednesday, I joined Representatives Bobby L. Rush (D-Illinois), Brian Fitzpatrick (R-Pennsylvania), and Peter King (R-New York) in introducing the Diabetes Prevention Semipostal Stamp Act. Type two diabetes disproportionately affects people of color, and Memphis has one of the highest rates in the nation. This stamp will provide additional funding for the Centers for Disease Control’s National Diabetes Prevention Program that works to combat this disease.  

Weekly Health Tip 

November is Diabetes Awareness Month. The diabetes postage stamp bill we introduced this week will help raise awareness about this disease that affects over 30 million people in the United States.  I know how devastating diabetes continues to be in the 9th Congressional District, but type two diabetes can often be prevented.  See the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidance on diabetes here

Quote of the Week 

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“It’s hard to beat a person who never gives up.” – New York Yankees Slugger Babe Ruth (1895-1948). 

As always, I remain
Most  sincerely, 

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Steve Cohen
Member of Congress