Defend women’s reproductive rights | Congressman Steve Cohen

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Dear friend,

This week, at a Judiciary Committee hearing, I spoke up in defense of reproductive rights as we await a potentially devastating decision from the United States Supreme Court reversing the nearly 50-year-old precedent of Roe v. Wade. I also voted to prevent price gouging on fuel; addressed ongoing infant formula with advocacy and legislation; advanced a major water resources bill through the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee containing projects important to Memphis; voted for a bill to train workers for available jobs; presided over my judiciary subcommittee during the review of presidential emergency powers; met with Ukrainian officials about the war in their country; recommended sanctioning a Russian state deposit insurance agency that protects Vladimir Putin’s oligarch friends; met the First Minister of Scotland; announced a significant grant to Head Start programs in Shelby County; and offered health advice. Keep reading and follow me on TwitterFacebook and Instagram to see what I’m up to.

Defend women’s reproductive rights

Vote to stop rising fuel prices

Coping with the shortage of infant formula

Memphis Water Resources Development Projects Advancement Bill

Vote for the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act

Presiding over an Emergency Presidential Powers Hearing

Meeting with Ukrainian officials

Recommend sanctioning Deposit Insurance Agency of Russia

Interview with Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon

$12.9 Million Head Start Grant Announced

Weekly Health Tip

quote of the week

Defend women’s reproductive rights

On Wednesday, the Judiciary Committee held a hearing titled “Revoking Your Rights: The Ingoing Crisis in Abortion Care Access.” As chair of the Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights and Civil Liberties, I have taken the opportunity to defend the right of women to make decisions about their own bodies and have condemned the projects Republicans to criminalize abortion in every community in the United States. See my exit and this speech here.

Vote to stop rising fuel prices

Late Wednesday night, I voted on a measure to prevent price gouging by oil companies exploiting supply chain uncertainties caused by the war in Ukraine. See my press release on the vote here.

Coping with the shortage of infant formula

I am deeply concerned about the serious shortage of infant formula and voted Wednesday night to address it in an additional spending bill. The Biden administration is also working diligently to resolve this crisis. If you are having trouble finding formula for your child, US Health and Human Services has published a guide to formula resources that may be informative: https://www.hhs.gov/formula /index.html.

Memphis Water Resources Development Projects Advancement Bill

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On Wednesday, the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, of which I am a senior member, voted to advance the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) to the House floor. The measure includes two proposals sought by the city of Memphis: the construction of a dam on the Wolf River to create a lake adjacent to downtown Snuff District and a floating dock entertainment center off Cobblestone Landing in the harbor from Memphis. See my release on the poster here.

Vote for the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act

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On Tuesday, I spoke from the floor of the House in support of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act and my amendment to the measure that allows local experts and local leaders to participate in workforce development councils. See my press release and my speech here.

Presiding over an Emergency Presidential Powers Hearing

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As chairman of the Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights, and Civil Liberties, I presided over a hearing on the National Emergency Act and Presidential Emergency Powers. I noted that the subcommittee considered emergency powers during a hearing in 2019 when then-President Trump tried to use emergency powers to divert billions of dollars in funding from military construction to build a border wall. The American people deserve our continued vigilance on this issue. They deserve to know that a president cannot rewrite the law or exploit arcane loopholes in an abuse of executive power. See my press release, including my opening statement, here.

Meeting with Ukrainian officials

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Twice this week, I met with delegations of Ukrainian officials and citizens and reiterated my full support for their continued efforts to defend their country against Russian aggression and atrocities. These informative meetings provide a clearer picture of the situation on the ground in Ukraine and how the United States can best support Ukrainian efforts.

Recommend sanctioning Deposit Insurance Agency of Russia

On Monday, I joined Congressman John R. Curtis, a Republican from Utah, at writing to President Biden and Secretary of State Antony Blinken recommending sanctions against Russia’s Deposit Insurance Agency for its actions protecting sanctioned oligarchs and targeting Kremlin opponents with legal attacks. As co-chairman of the Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe, also known as the Helsinki Commission, I paid close attention to the fraudulent financial interests of Vladimir Putin’s enablers.

Interview with Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon

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On Tuesday, I met the First Minister of Scotland, Nicola Sturgeon, at an event organized by the Friends of Scotland Caucus. As co-chair of the caucus, I welcomed the Prime Minister and congratulated Scotland for hosting the climate summit in Glasgow last November and for being at the forefront of green technologies. I also thanked the Prime Minister for his country’s willingness to welcome Ukrainian refugees. It was a good exchange.

$12.9 Million Head Start Grant Announced

The Shelby County School Board will receive a $12,984,549 grant for Head Start programs from the Department of Health and Human Services. See my Tuesday release here.

Weekly Health Tip

The White House this week announced the third round of free at-home Covid-19 testing. These are the rapid home antigen kits that can be administered for results in 30 minutes, not PCR tests. The tests will be delivered to your mailbox. Each household is eligible to receive a total of 24 kits free of charge under the program (eight per round). For more information and to order, click here.

quote of the week

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“I think one of the reasons why Greeks have been so readily accepted in America is because America’s values ​​are Greek values. One of the qualities that Greeks value most is called ” Sophrosene”, a word that best translates to self-control, temperance and harmony. The ancient Greeks believed that arrogance, extremism and excess were the greatest threats to democracy. ‘For man’, wrote Aristotle, ‘life according to reason is best and most pleasant, for reason more than anything else is man.’ – Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis addressing a joint session of Congress on Tuesday.

As always, I stay.
More sincerely,

Steve Cohen
Congressman

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