Congressman Steve Cohen

Representing the 9th District of Tennessee

Working Towards a Better Memphis VA Medical Center

September 22, 2017
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Dear Friend,

This week, I joined the Deputy Under Secretary for Health for Operations and Management of the VA on his visit to the Memphis VA Medical Center, joined Tavis Smiley on PBS to discuss my intentions to introduce articles of impeachment against President Trump, urged the Governor to make food stamps more available to Tennessee residents in need, introduced a bill to crack down on predatory lending practices, and sent information to my constituents on how they can protect themselves from the recent Equifax data breach. Keep reading to learn more about my week and follow me on Twitter and Facebook to see more updates as they happen.

Working Towards a Better Memphis VA Medical Center
Joining Tavis Smiley on PBS
Fighting to Make Food Stamps More Available
Cracking Down on Predatory Lending Practices
Important Information on the Equifax Data Breach
Bringing Congress to your Corner
The Congressional App Challenge
Sign Up for My New Grants E-Newsletter
Quote of the Week
Weekly Health Tip

Working Towards a Better Memphis VA Medical Center

On Wednesday, My staff and I accompanied Deputy Under Secretary for Health for Operations and Management of the VA Steve Young on his visit to the Memphis VA Medical Center. We discussed with Under Secretary Young and Director David Dunning the problems with the Memphis VA Medical Center and possible solutions that have been proposed by VA administrators to address these problems. I also penned an op-ed in The Commercial Appeal on the problems at the Memphis VA and expressing my optimism that Director Dunning is the right person to lead the hospital. You can read my op-ed here.

Joining Tavis Smiley on PBS

On Thursday night, I joined Tavis Smiley on PBS to discuss my intentions to introduce articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump. You can watch my interview here

Fighting to Make Food Stamps More Available

On Monday, Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam announced that Tennessee would reinstate workforce requirements for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) recipients in most counties in Tennessee, including Shelby County, beginning February 1, 2018. Memphians should not be allowed to go hungry, and while I am awaiting more details about how the Governor’s workforce requirement policy for food stamps will be implemented, I fear that is what may happen. Read my full statement here.

Cracking Down on Predatory Lending Practices

On Wednesday, Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL), Senator Jeff Merkley (D-OR), Congressman Matt Cartwright (D-PA) and I introduced the Protecting Consumers from Unreasonable Credit Rates Act to crack down on predatory lending practices. This legislation would eliminate the excessive rates and fees that many consumers are charged for payday loans, car title loans, and other types of credit. Read more here

Important Information on the Equifax Data Breach

On September 7, the consumer credit reporting agency Equifax disclosed a data breach from earlier this year that compromised the personal information of 143 million Americans. All 9th District residents should be aware of precautionary measures that can help ensure their financial security. 

If you believe your data may have been compromised, there are steps you can take. These include: regularly monitoring your accounts, creating additional alerts for your credit report, and placing a security freeze on your credit report, which prevents others from opening up accounts in your name without your knowledge. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFBP) published a helpful guide, which you can find here, on how to secure your identity following the Equifax data breach.

If you have any questions or are in need of assistance, please do not hesitate to contact my office at (901) 544-4131 or visit my website at https://cohen.house.gov/contact/email

Bringing Congress to your Corner

On Friday, September 29, 11:00am to 1:00pm, my office will hold “Congress on your Corner” office hours at the North Branch Library (1192 Vollintine Ave). If you have questions or problems with Social Security, Medicare, FHA, the VA or any other federal agencies, my staff and I will be on hand to answer questions and provide assistance. We hope you can make it.  

The Congressional App Challenge

The Congressional App Challenge is a competition aimed at encouraging U.S. K-12 students to learn how to code by creating their own applications, or “apps.” The Congressional App Challenge is open to all students in the Ninth Congressional District of Tennessee. Students entering the competition must submit their app on CongressionalAppChallenge.us by 12:00 PM (noon) Eastern Daylight Time on November 1, 2017. Click here for more information.

Sign Up for My New Grants E-Newsletter

Each year billions of dollars are distributed in federal grant and loan money to institutions and organizations throughout the country. The 9th District's universities, colleges, non-profit organizations, small businesses, and local governments are well-qualified to compete for these funds. If you are interested in receiving up-to-date federal grant information, including a list of the most recent grant awards and opportunities, please click here to sign up for my Grants E-Newsletter. I also encourage you to explore the resources on my website to help you and your organization search and apply for grants. 

Quote of the Week

Weekly Health Tip

Each week, I share a health tip in the hopes of promoting a healthy lifestyle for residents of the Ninth Congressional District. As always, it is best to check with your doctor before making any changes to your diet, exercise routine or lifestyle.

September is Healthy Aging Month. Exercising regularly and eating a balanced, nutritious diet can help maintain a healthy body and brain and slow the aging process. Read more about how to maintain a healthy lifestyle here.

As always, I remain. 
Most sincerely,
 
Steve Cohen
Member of Congress