Tennessee

As a fourth-generation Memphian, I have dedicated my life to public service in Memphis and Shelby County. My work has defined my life and affected the lives of people in Memphis, across Tennessee and now across America throughout my career in national, state and local politics.

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April 2, 2020 Press Release

In an effort to keep TN-09 constituents up to date on the coronavirus situation, I will share updates with important information.  I hope you’ll take some time to look at this information.  As always, if you need to reach my office please call 901-544-4131 for the Memphis office and 202-225-3265 for the D.C. office. Updates will be posted on my website: Cohen.House.Gov.       

 

Tennessee today announced 2,845 cases of coronavirus infection, including 638 in Shelby County. Please follow prudent social distancing practices.

 

April 2, 2020 Press Release

MEMPHIS – Congressman Steve Cohen (TN-09) today announced that Memphis will be receiving $6,495,376 and Shelby County will be receiving $704,206 in Covid-19 related assistance from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. 

 

Congressman Cohen made the following statement:

 

“Residents of public housing and those receiving housing assistance are in obvious need as the coronavirus invades Memphis. This much-needed funding will ease some anxiety over household expenses like rent. I’m pleased that this welcome relief has come in a timely manner.”

April 2, 2020 Press Release

MEMPHIS -- Over the past several weeks, Congressman Cohen’s office has received a flood of calls from constituents regarding their ability to receive the economic stimulus payments that Congress passed as part of the CARES Act. Social Security recipients, those who receive Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and other individuals who do not typically file taxes were told they would be required to go through additional hurdles in order to receive this much-needed aid.

April 2, 2020 Press Release

MEMPHIS – Congressman Steve Cohen (TN-09) today commended Governor Bill Lee for finally heeding the advice of public health officials and making his shelter-in-place order mandatory. Congressman Cohen had expressed concern that Tennessee continued to lose valuable time flattening the curve and increasing the possibility of exposure to the virus. Tennessee recently made national headlines for failing to heed the advice of health experts and not demand that non-essential workers and others stay at home.

March 30, 2020 Press Release
March 30, 2020 Press Release

MEMPHIS – Congressman Steve Cohen (TN-09) today wrote to Governor Bill Lee, commending his decision to recommend a statewide shelter-in-place for non-essential travel, but also urging him to make it mandatory in order to slow the spread of the coronavirus pandemic already evident throughout the Mid-South and to prevent a deluge of cases overwhelming Memphis medical facilities.

The letter reads in part:

March 30, 2020 Press Release

MEMPHIS – Congressman Steve Cohen (TN-09) today wrote to the Governors of Mississippi and Arkansas, whose state lines are also City of Memphis city limits, urging them to issue mandatory shelter-in-place orders to slow the spread of the coronavirus pandemic already evident throughout the Mid-South and prevent a deluge of cases overwhelming Memphis medical facilities.

The letter reads in part:

March 30, 2020 Press Release
March 28, 2020 Press Release

MEMPHIS – Congressman Steve Cohen (TN-09) today celebrated the life and legacy of the Reverend Joseph Lowery, a founder of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference and longtime Civil Rights leader, who died Friday in Atlanta at the age of 98.

Congressman Cohen made the following statement:

“I was fortunate to know Reverend Lowery through his frequent visits to Memphis for the 4th of April anniversaries of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s assassination. He was a great humanitarian, a gifted orator and truly a man of God.”

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March 26, 2020 Press Release

Coronavirus (Covid-19) Update for Thursday, March 26