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Applauding $46 million in Biden budget for Memphis Rapid Transit

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Dear friend,

This week, I applauded the Biden administration for including $46 million in the annual budget proposal for a bus rapid transit (BRT) project proposed by the Memphis Area Transit Authority that I have supported for years. I also spoke from the floor of the House to advocate for long overdue marijuana reform; chaired a Helsinki Commission hearing on Putin’s propaganda war; voted to reduce insulin costs; voted and passed my sentencing reform bill prohibiting consideration of acquitted conduct; wrote to President Biden requesting the release of remaining documents related to the assassination of President Kennedy; spoke at the dedication of the Memphis Suffrage Monument; announced major infrastructure projects funded by the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act which I supported last year; presided over my judicial subcommittee hearing on qualified immunity; wrote to the Secretary of Transportation to expedite the implementation of the provisions of my Stop Underrides legislation; introduced a bill to end the school-to-jail pipeline for students in underfunded schools; introduced a bill to provide dedicated federal funding for cerebral palsy research; remembered Don Young; and offered health advice. Keep reading and follow TwitterFacebook and Instagram to see what I’m up to.

Applauding $46 million in Biden budget for Memphis Rapid Transit

Speak Up and Vote for Meaningful Marijuana Reform

Presiding over a hearing on Vladimir Putin’s War on Truth

Vote to reduce insulin costs for diabetics

Pass my sentencing reform bill

Asking President Biden to Release Remaining JFK Assassination Tapes

Speaking at the unveiling of the Memphis Suffrage Monument

Funding Announcement for Wolf River Harbor Weatherization Projects and Dredging

Presiding over a qualified immunity hearing

Drafted by DOT Secretary Buttigieg to Implement Circumvention Measures

Introducing the Restorative Practices in Schools Bill with Senator Bennet

Presentation of the Cerebral Palsy Research Program Act

Remembering Don Young

Weekly Health Tip

quote of the week

Applauding $46 million in Biden budget for Memphis Rapid Transit

On Monday, I announced that the Memphis Area Transit Authority’s Innovation Corridor Project, an eight-mile bus rapid transit route connecting downtown, the Medical Center district and the University of Memphis , is included in President Biden’s annual budget proposal. This project will be transformational for Memphis by creating jobs, facilitating business and tourist travel, and reducing greenhouse gases. It’s a really big deal, and I’m proud to have supported and pushed for its funding. See my press release on this subject here.

Speak Up and Vote for Meaningful Marijuana Reform

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This morning I spoke from the floor of the House and then voted for the Marijuana Opportunity Reinvestment and Clearance (MORE) Act. The measure removes cannabis from the list of federally controlled substances, increases revenue from sales to reinvest in communities disproportionately affected by the war on drugs and expunges records of federal criminal offenses relating to marijuana. See my speech and press release here.

Presiding over a hearing on Vladimir Putin’s War on Truth

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Co-Chair Cohen greets Speaker Pelosi and the leaders of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe Parliamentary Assembly as well as Ranking Member Joe Wilson ahead of Tuesday’s hearing.

As Co-Chair of the Helsinki Commission, I chaired a hearing on Tuesday on Russian President Vladimir Putin’s use of propaganda and his efforts to keep the Russian people in the dark about his illegal war in Ukraine. We had excellent expert witnesses who described Putin’s propaganda tactics and suggested ways to help the Russian people uncover the truth about the ongoing war. See my release at the hearing here.

Vote to reduce insulin costs for diabetics

Thursday night I voted for, and the House passed, the Affordable Insulin Now Act, which will cap insulin prices and result in savings for approximately one in nine adults with diabetes in Shelby County . See my release here.

Pass my sentencing reform bill

On Monday, I spoke from the floor of the House and then voted for my bill that would bar judges from reviewing conduct for which an accused has been acquitted in the sentencing process. The measure was adopted by 405 votes against 12. See my press release here.

Asking President Biden to Release Remaining JFK Assassination Tapes

On Tuesday, I wrote to President Biden asking him to release the remaining documents related to the assassination of President John F. Kennedy in 1963. I said it would restore public confidence by promoting transparency. See my press release and the letter here.

Speaking at the unveiling of the Memphis Suffrage Monument

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On Sunday, I spoke at the dedication of the Memphis Suffrage Monument, located on the riverfront of the Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law downtown. “Equality Trailblazers” is truly inspiring. It honors Maxine Smith, Minerva Johnican and Lois DeBerry who I worked with, and anti-lynching lawyer Ida B. Wells, among others. In my remarks, I congratulated Paula Casey and all those who made this monument a reality. It’s always good to remember that Tennessee was the 36th state to ratify the 19th Amendment, guaranteeing women the right to vote.

Announcement of Funding for Wolf River Harbor Dredging and Weatherization Projects

On Wednesday and Thursday, I announced major investments stemming from last year’s passage of the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act that only Congressman Jim Cooper (TN-05) and I, of the Tennessee congressional delegation, supported. A portion of the funding will go towards dredging the Wolf River Harbor and a portion will be used in an expanded home weatherization program. See my releases here and here. Owners and tenants who wish to enroll in the weatherization program can do so here: http://www.memphis-wap.org/.

Presiding over a qualified immunity hearing

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On Thursday, as chair of the Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights, and Civil Liberties, I presided over a hearing on reforming civil rights litigation by examining the doctrine of qualified immunity. See my press release, including an opening statement and questions to a panel of expert witnesses here.

Drafted by DOT Secretary Buttigieg to Implement Circumvention Measures

Also on Thursday, I joined Senator Kirsten Gillibrand of New York in sending a letter to Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg asking the Department of Transportation to quickly implement the provisions of our Stop Underrides Act that were included in the bill. bipartisan on infrastructure. See our press release with the letter here.

Introducing the Restorative Practices in Schools Bill with Senator Bennet

On Thursday, Sen. Michael Bennet and I introduced the Restorative Practices in Schools Act aimed at cutting the school-to-jail pipeline resulting from low-resource schools using the police or zero-tolerance policies to address disciplinary issues. See our press release here.

Introduction to the Cerebral Palsy Research Act

On Tuesday, I introduced the bipartisan Cerebral Palsy Research Program Act to create a cerebral palsy research program within the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and provide the first ever source of dedicated federal funding. research on cerebral palsy. Cerebral palsy affects one million Americans and is incurable. See my release here.

Remembering Don Young

This week I attended a memorial service at the United States Capitol and later the funeral in Virginia for my fellow Congressman and friend Don Young, Republican from Alaska. His bipartisan dedication to making the House work should be celebrated. That was the subject of my brief remarks this morning from the floor of the House. See this speech here.

Weekly Health Tip

Federal regulators this week authorized the second booster shots of the Moderna and Pfizer-BioNTech coronavirus vaccines for everyone 50 or older. The strategy announced on Tuesday aims to bolster waning immunity and prevent serious disease if we see a further increase in existing or new variants. I received my second reminder immediately and I encourage everyone who is eligible to do so.

quote of the week

“Needless to say, only Russians can (and should) change the political situation in our country. This change is coming – and, I think, faster than many thought before February 24th. But the world’s democracies have an important role to play – not only in standing in solidarity with Ukraine, but also in helping to provide truth to the Russian people. To help open the eyes of Russian society to the unspeakable crimes that are allegedly being committed in its name. — Vladimir Kara-Murza, Russian journalist, in written testimony for a Helsinki Commission hearing on Wednesday on Putin’s war on truth.

As always, I stay.
More sincerely,

Steve Cohen
Congressman