Voting to Raise the Minimum Wage

July 19, 2019
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July 19, 2019

Dear Friend,  
This week, I voted to raise the federal minimum wage to $15 by 2025, giving 33 million Americans a raise and lifting 1.3 million Americans out of poverty. I also held a “Congress On Your Corner” event at the South Branch Library; hosted a Telephone Townhall for constituents; condemned the President’s racist attacks on four Congresswomen of color; demanded implementation of my Seat Egress in Air travel (SEAT) Act that became law more than nine months ago; voted to hold Attorney General Barr and Commerce Secretary Ross in criminal contempt of Congress; attended a hearing on the integrity of scientific research under the Trump Administration; spoke out about the role of religious leaders regarding hate crimes; questioned witnesses at a hearing on women and girls in the criminal justice system; and offered a weather-related health tip. Keep reading to learn more about my week and follow me on TwitterFacebook and Instagram to see more updates as they happen. 

Voting to Increase the Minimum Wage to $15  
Hosting a Telephone Townhall Meeting  
Condemning the President's Racist Attacks on Four Congresswomen of Color 
Demanding Implementation of the SEAT Act  
Voting to hold Attorney General and Commerce Secretary in Contempt  
Supporting the Integrity of Federal Scientific Research  
Speaking Out Against Hate Crimes  
Questioning Experts about Women in the Criminal Justice System  
Weekly Health Tip  
Quote of the Week 


Voting to Increase the Minimum Wage to $15 

On Thursday, I voted for the Raise the Wage Act to raise the federal minimum wage to $15 by 2025. The federal minimum wage is currently $7.25 and hasn’t changed in more than a decade. See my release about it here

Hosting a Telephone Townhall Meeting 

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On Monday night, I had a Telephone Townhall meeting with thousands of constituents and answered questions live. This allows me to hear directly from constituents while I serve them from Washington. The participants on Monday asked excellent questions on various issues, including  the study of reparations for African Americans that I support, crime and efforts to mitigate it, legalizing marijuana in Tennessee and my bill to prevent federal arrests for marijuana possession in states that have legalized it, voting rights and preventing voter suppression. If you want to participate in a future Telephone Townhall, please sign up here

Condemning the President’s Racist Attacks on Four Congresswomen of Color 

Last Sunday, the President  attacked four freshmen Democratic Members of Congress, all of whom are women of color, on Twitter. His comments were racist, anti-immigrant, and demonstrated his support for white nationalism. On Monday, I introduced a resolution of censure with nine co-sponsors, which has now grown to 28, condemning and disciplining the President, in response and spoke from the House floor in support of a resolution condemning the President’s remarks.  See my release about it here. See my Thursday morning interview with MSNBC’s Hallie Jackson about Trump’s xenophobic scapegoating tactics here

Demanding Implementation of the SEAT Act 

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The Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee on Aviation, on which I serve, held a hearing on aircraft safety on Wednesday. I questioned witnesses about why the FAA has not implemented my Seat Egress in Air Travel (SEAT) Act that became law more than nine months ago. See my release and my exchange with the witnesses here.  

Voting to hold Attorney General and Commerce Secretary in Contempt 

On Wednesday night, I voted to hold Attorney General William Barr and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross in criminal contempt of Congress for their willful failure to comply with lawful subpoenas and document requests. See my release here.

Supporting the Integrity of Federal Scientific Research

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 On Wednesday, the two subcommittees of the Committee on Science, Space and Technology on which I serve held a joint hearing on the importance of integrity of scientific research. It’s clear that the integrity of some research, for example on climate change, is being interfered with for political gain. See my release here

Speaking Out Against Hate Crime

I participated in a hearing held by The Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe, also known as the Helsinki Commission, on the role of religious leaders in dealing with hate crimes. See my remarks at the hearing here.  

Questioning Experts about Women in the Criminal Justice System

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The House Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism and Homeland Security, on which I serve, held a hearing on “Women and Girls in the Criminal Justice System” on Tuesday. See my release and my exchange with the expert witnesses here

Weekly Health Tip

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Shelby County is currently in the grip of a heat advisory with heat indexes at or above 105 degrees and high humidity expected through the next several days. See the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidance on avoiding heat stroke and heat exhaustion here. See the National Weather Service forecast for Memphis and the Mid-South here. Stay cool. 

Quote of the Week

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On this date in 1848, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Lucretia Mott and Martha Coffin Wright met in the Wesleyan Chapel at Seneca Falls, New York, with about 200 other women (and Frederick Douglass) at the first American Women’s Rights Convention. At its conclusion the next day, many signed a Declaration of Sentiments.

“The history of mankind is a history of repeated injuries and usurpation on the part of man toward woman, having in direct object the establishment of an absolute tyranny over her.” – Declaration of Sentiments (1848) 

As always, I remain
Most sincerely,

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Steve Cohen
Member of Congress