Congressman Steve Cohen

Representing the 9th District of Tennessee

Memphis

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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July 18, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congressman Steve Cohen (TN-09) today voted for and the House passed H.R. 582, the Raise the Wage Act, legislation that would raise the minimum wage to $15 by 2025 and give 33 million Americans a raise. The vote was 231 to 199. 

After the vote, Congressman Cohen made the following statement: 

July 17, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congressman Steve Cohen (TN-09), a senior member of the House Judiciary Committee, today 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. The vote was 230 to 198. 

Afterward, Congressman Cohen made the following statement: 

July 17, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congressman Steve Cohen (TN-09), a member of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee on Aviation, questioned witnesses about the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) inaction on implementation of the Seat Egress in Air Travel (SEAT) Act that became law more than nine months ago. The law required the FAA to set minimum seat sizes and distances between rows of seats to meet safety standards. 

The hearing also heard from the families of victims of recent Boeing 737 Max plane crashes.

July 17, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congressman Steve Cohen (TN-09), a member of the Committee on Science, Space and Technology Committee, today questioned a witness at a Joint Subcommittee hearing on “Scientific Integrity in Federal Agencies.” 

Congressman Cohen is a cosponsor of the Scientific Integrity Act which requires federal agencies that fund or direct public science to establish and maintain clear scientific integrity principles.  

Afterward, Congressman Cohen made the following statement: 

July 16, 2019 Press Release

 

WASHINGTON – Congressman Steve Cohen (TN-09) cosponsored and voted in favor of H. Res. 489 that reaffirms our national values and condemns President Trump’s recent tweets that four Members of Congress should “go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came.”  The vote was 240 to 187. 

In voting for the measure, Congressman Cohen said: 

July 16, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congressman Steve Cohen (TN-09), a member of the Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe, also known as the Helsinki Commission, provided opening remarks at a hearing on “Responding to Hate Crimes: The Role of Religious Actors.”  

In the hearing, Congressman Cohen said: 

“We all need to take religion and use it for good and find common purposes, common values, and not use it to divide us.” 

Find the Congressman’s full remarks here.

July 16, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congressman Steve Cohen (TN-09), a member of the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism and Homeland Security, today questioned witnesses at a hearing on “Women and Girls in the Criminal Justice System.” 

During the question-and-answer session, Congressman Cohen asked Jesselyn McCurdy, Deputy Director of the American Civil Liberties Union Washington Legislative Office, about private prisons and their impact.  

July 15, 2019 Press Release

 

WASHINGTON – Congressman Steve Cohen (TN-09) today introduced H. Res. 490, a resolution of censure against President Trump for his racist and xenophobic comments about freshman Democratic Members Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, Rashida Tlaib of Michigan and Ayanna S. Pressley of Massachusetts.

The resolution is co-sponsored by Representatives Omar, Ocasio-Cortez, Tlaib and Pressley and by Emanuel Cleaver of Missouri, Yvette Clarke of New York, Joaquin Castro of Texas, Mark DeSaulnier of California and Pramila Jayapal of Washington.

July 12, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congressman Steve Cohen (TN-09) and Congresswoman Val Demings (FL-10) today introduced the Safer Streets Act, which would create a new grant program to support local communities with high rates of violent crime. Afterward, Congressman Cohen made the following statement:

“The Safer Streets Act is intended to provide additional funding to address violent crime in places where the rate is significantly above the national average – places like Memphis. I’m pleased my colleague Val Demings, the former Chief of Police of Orlando, joins me in introducing the measure.

July 11, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congressman Steve Cohen (TN-09) today welcomed news that Memphis Noticias journalist Manuel Duran has been released from immigration detention, and made the following statement: