Congressman Steve Cohen

Representing the 9th District of Tennessee

Voting to Hold the Attorney General in Contempt of Congress

May 10, 2019
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Dear Friend, 
This week I voted in the House Judiciary Committee to hold Attorney General William Barr in Contempt of Congress for his failure to produce the unredacted version of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report on Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. I also congratulated the National Civil Rights Museum supporters and staff for winning a prestigious national award for excellence; introduced University of Memphis President M. David Rudd at a House subcommittee hearing on higher education; voted to protect people with pre-existing conditions and lower prescription drug prices; demanded answers about an EPA rule on deadly asbestos; attended Sunday services at three Memphis churches; served Memphis celebrity chef Kelly English’s hushpuppies at a March of Dimes event; and offered a health tip on stroke prevention. Keep reading to learn more about my week and follow me  on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram to see more updates as they happen.  

Voting to Hold the Attorney General in Contempt of Congress  
Congratulating the National Civil Rights Museum  
Introducing U of M President Dr. M. David Rudd  
Voting to Protect those with Pre-existing Conditions  
Demanding Answers from EPA about Asbestos Rule  
Attending Sunday Services at Emmanuel Episcopal, Idlewild Presbyterian and Mount Vernon Baptist Churches  
Serving Crawfish Hushpuppies at March of Dimes Event  
Signing Up for “Congress on Your Corner” and this Newsletter  
Weekly Health Tip  
Quote of the Week 


Voting to Hold the Attorney General in Contempt of Congress 

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On Wednesday, in the House Judiciary Committee, I voted to hold Attorney General William Barr in contempt of Congress. Barr has refused to turn over the unredacted report of Special Counsel Robert Mueller, defying a subpoena issued on April 19. See my release here.  Afterward, I talked to CNN’s Wolf Blitzer on “The Situation Room.” See that interview here. See me quoted in the NBC News story on the hearing here.

Congratulating the National Civil Rights Museum 

On Tuesday, the Institute of Museum and Library Services announced that the National Civil Rights Museum will be awarded the prestigious National Medal for Library Science on June 12. Read my release about the honor here

Introducing U of M President Dr. M. David Rudd 

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On Thursday, I introduced University of Memphis President Dr. M. David Rudd at a House Education and Labor Subcommittee on Higher Education and Workforce Investment hearing on the cost of not completing college degrees and the impact of high student debt. Dr. Rudd, a researcher and psychologist, is now in his fifth year at the university. In the introduction I noted that his wife, Dr. Loretta Rudd, also works at the University as a clinical associate professor of child development. Dr. Rudd testified about the U of M’s “Finish Line” program that helps students complete degrees after exhausting their financial resources and how it can serve as a model for the country. See my introduction and Dr. Rudd’s testimony here and here

Voting to Protect those with Pre-existing Conditions

On Thursday, I voted for and the House passed H.R. 986, the Protecting Americans with Pre-existing Conditions Act. The bill rescinds Trump administration guidance weakening Affordable Care Act protections for those with pre-existing conditions. Additionally, on Wednesday, I voted for and the House passed H.R. 1503 and H.R. 1520, both of which help increase access to generic alternatives and lower prescription drug prices. 

Demanding Answers from EPA about Asbestos Rule 

On Wednesday, I wrote to the Environmental Protection Agency Acting Administrator Andrew Wheeler to demand answers on why the agency  has issued a rule to restrict, but not ban, asbestos, a known carcinogen that has killed millions of people over the last several decades. See my release and the letter here.

Attending Sunday Services at Emmanuel Episcopal, Idlewild Presbyterian and Mount Vernon Baptist Churches 

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On Sunday, I attended services at Emmanuel Episcopal Church in Whitehaven to hear Bishop Michael Curry, the first African American Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church. Bishop Curry is an inspiration and is perhaps best known for being asked to deliver the sermon – “The Power of Love” -- at the royal wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, now Duchess of Sussex, last May. At Emmanuel, he talked about how the power of love can overcome the love of power, and I took that in a universal and timely sense. I also attended services for retiring Idlewild Presbyterian Pastor Steve Montgomery (see David Waters’ column in The Daily Memphian here)  and the ribbon cutting for the Reverend James L. Netters Legacy Hall at Mount Vernon Baptist-Westwood, a well-deserved recognition of his ministry and of his commitment to our community.  

Serving Crawfish Hushpuppies at March of Dimes Event 

On Wednesday night, I served Memphis chef Kelly English’s crawfish hushpuppies with remoulade at the 37th annual March of Dimes Gourmet Gala. Kelly, the chef at both Restaurant Iris and The Second Line in Overton Square, was nice enough to offer his recipes.  Some diners questioned whether Memphis has crawfish. I told them we don’t, but we do have a great chef from Louisiana who knows how to serve them. I’ve participated in this event for many years and have a sentimental attachment to the March of Dimes which supported research into polio and now works to improve maternal health, an important issue in Memphis. 

Sign Up for Congress on Your Corner and This Newsletter 

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 notification as soon as the next event is scheduled. My next “Congress on Your Corner” is Friday, May 31, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the Whitehaven Branch Library, 4120 Millbranch Road.   

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Weekly Health Tip 

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This week, I cosponsored a resolution to recognize May as “Stroke Awareness Month.” According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), an American dies from a stroke every four minutes and someone suffers a stroke every 40 seconds. Memphis has the world’s most comprehensive mobile stroke unit that is able to respond and treat stroke victims, but recognizing the symptoms early is essential. African Americans are particularly at risk for stroke due to factors such as high rates of elevated blood pressure, diabetes and genetics. See the CDC’s “ABCS of Stroke Prevention” guidelines here.

Quote of the Week 

“We are now in a constitutional crisis.” -- House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler, on Wednesday, after the committee voted 24 to 15 to hold Attorney General William Barr in Contempt of Congress. 

As always, I remain
Most sincerely,

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Steve Cohen
Member of Congress