Voting for the Moving Forward Infrastructure Bill

July 2, 2020
Enewsletters

Dear Friend,

This week, I voted for the Moving Forward Act, a sweeping, five-year infrastructure bill containing several significant initiatives I’ve sponsored that are important to Memphis. I also introduced a resolution which would authorize an inquiry into whether Attorney General William Barr should be impeached for undermining confidence in the rule of law. I also remembered former Marine Mike East of Memphis, the last person to lower the flag over the U.S. Embassy in Cuba in 1961 and the first person to hoist it again in 2015 upon restoration of diplomatic relations; reminded constituents of the new July 15 deadline for filing federal income tax returns; voted to expand the Affordable Care Act; announced a wide array of federal grants to Memphis-area institutions; reminded everyone to fill out their 2020 Census forms; wished everyone a festive, safe and socially distanced 4th of July; and offered a coronavirus-related health tip. Keep reading and follow me on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram to see what I’m doing as it happens.

Voting for the Moving Forward Infrastructure Bill
Introducing Resolution Authorizing Impeachment Inquiry of Attorney General William Barr
Remembering Mike East and his Role in Cuban-American Relations
Reminding Constituents of July 15 Deadline for Filing Federal Income Taxes
Voting to Expand the Affordable Care Act
Announcing $6.3 Million in Federal Grants to Memphis-Area Institutions
Filling Out Census Forms
Wishing Everyone a Festive 4th of July
Weekly Health Tip
Quote of the Week
 


Voting for the Moving Forward Infrastructure Bill

On Wednesday, as a senior member of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, I voted for the Moving Forward Act, a sweeping, five-year bill that will create jobs while rebuilding America’s infrastructure. The bill contains major elements of bills I have sponsored over the years, including H.R. 3663, the Complete Streets Act; H.R. 3959, the School Bus Safety Act; H.R. 1511, the Stop Underrides Act and H.R. 1400, the Horse Transportation Safety Act. The bill is particularly beneficial to Memphis as a national distribution and logistics center and home to Fed Ex, the preeminent air cargo company in the world. This funding will significantly impact the Memphis International Airport, MATA, and the Port of Memphis, in addition to our city’s roads, bridges, railroads and broadband. This bill is a major victory for my constituents and will create jobs. See my release on the measure here and a release on the Horse Transportation Safety Act provision in the bill here.

Introducing Resolution Inquiring into Possible Impeachment of Attorney General William Barr

On Tuesday, I introduced a resolution instructing the Judiciary Committee to further its investigation into Attorney General William Barr’s misconduct and whether he should face impeachment.  The resolution lays out Barr’s continued efforts to obstruct justice, his abuses of power, and his repeated violations of the rule of law.  Barr’s actions have undermined confidence in our criminal justice system and he must be held accountable.  See my release on the resolution here and my floor speech introducing it here.

Remembering Mike East and his Role in Cuban-American Relations

On Wednesday, I mourned the passing of my constituent Mike East, a Marine whose solemn duty it was to lower the American flag flying over the U.S. Embassy in Havana in the Winter of 1961 but who returned with Secretary of State John Kerry to hoist it again when diplomatic relations were restored on August 14, 2015. I was pleased to present Mr. East the American flag that flew over the Capitol on the day of the flag-raising. I join my fellow Americans in appreciation of Gunnery Sergeant Mike East’s service.

Reminding Constituents of July 15 Deadline for Filing Federal Income Taxes

The welcome reprieve in delaying the annual tax filing deadline due to the coronavirus pandemic is about to come to an end. I want to remind constituents that the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has set Wednesday, July 15, as this year’s filing deadline. My office can help you with any questions. Call my Memphis office at (901) 544-4131.

Voting to Expand the Affordable Care Act

On Monday, I voted for the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, which would support state Medicaid programs, expand health care coverage for new mothers and lower prescription drug prices. This bill also includes incentives for states like Tennessee to expand Medicaid, which would extend coverage to nearly 300,000 Tennesseans. This important legislation doubles Congress’ investment in our health care infrastructure and would provide critical relief during a national public health crisis.    

Announcing $6.3 Million in Federal Grants to Memphis-Area Institutions

All week, I announced a wide array of grants totaling $6,341,756 to several Memphis area institutions, including two National Science Foundation grants to the University of Memphis and LeMoyne-Owen College; U.S. Department of Health and Human Services grants to the University of Tennessee Health Science Center and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital; U.S. Department of Homeland Security preparedness grants to protect the Port of Memphis, Temple Israel and the Margolin Hebrew School; and a U.S. Department of Commerce Grant to the Memphis Area Association of Governments. 

Filling Out Census Forms

By now you will have received two or more reminders that this is a U.S. Census year and that you can fill out the forms online at 2020Census.gov. I did mine online in a matter of minutes. Help your community get its fair share of our national funding and resources. Consider filling out the forms today. And see my Public Service Announcement about the Census here

Wishing Everyone a Festive 4th of July

Saturday is Independence Day and I want to wish everyone a festive and safe holiday ringing in the 244th birthday of the Declaration of Independence. If you plan to celebrate, please make sure to read my weekly health tip on the importance of complying with social distancing guidelines and keeping safe during the coronavirus pandemic. See a House floor speech I made for the occasion here.

Weekly Health Tip

Again this week, I want to call attention to the alarming spike in coronavirus cases as cities begin to reopen, often without implementing basic precautionary measures like wearing masks and adhering to social distancing guidelines. Please consider the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) protocols for staying safe in this ongoing pandemic: Wash your hands frequently for at least 25 seconds; keep a minimum social distance of six feet from others; wear a face mask when out in public; and avoid being in crowds of more than 10. We will get through this together. I commend Mayor Strickland for signing the city’s mandatory face mask ordinance, sponsored by Councilman Jeff Warren, and jurisdictions around the country reversing decisions to open up. This is serious and isn’t going away soon.

Quote of the Week

“And obviously the Fourth of July -- we enjoy the hotdogs, we enjoy the burgers, we enjoy the barbecue, we enjoy the day off for a lot of us, we enjoy the fireworks.  But it’s important to remember what a miracle this country is.  How incredible -- how incredibly lucky we are that people, generations ago, were willing to take up arms and fight for our freedom.  And then people, inside this country, understanding that there were imperfections in our union and were willing to keep on fighting on behalf of extending that freedom to all people and not just some.” – President Barack Obama, July 4, 2016, East Room of the White House. 

As always, I remain
Most sincerely,

Image

Steve Cohen
Member of Congress