News from Congressman Steve Cohen

October 4, 2019

Dear Friend,  
This week, as I worked with constituents in the District, I followed the torrent of news from Washington and the growing evidence that President Trump must be impeached. I also met with Recording Academy officials and members to discuss strengthening their legal protections; demanded that the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) stop dragging its feet and implement provisions of my Seat Egress in Air Travel (SEAT) Act; spoke to law students about abolishing the Electoral College; spoke with Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer at Rhodes College; spoke at the dedication of the Russell B. Sugarmon Jr. Memorial Bridge; called attention to a gun crime tip line; offered Capitol Historical Society 2020 calendars; and reminded those eligible for Medicare or seeking coverage under the Affordable Care Act of coming  enrollment opportunities.  Keep reading to learn more about my week and follow me on TwitterFacebook and Instagram to see more updates as they happen.   

Pursuing Trump Impeachment Inquiry 
Protecting Musicians and the Music Industry 
Speaking at the Dedication of the Russell B. Sugarmon Jr. Memorial Bridge

Demanding Federal Aviation Administration Review Airliner Evacuations 
Discussing Abolishing the Electoral College 
Calling Attention to Gun Crime Tip Line 
Offering Capitol Historical Society Calendars   
Weekly Health Tip 
Quote of the Week


Pursuing Trump Impeachment Inquiry 

All week, various revelations have shown the wisdom of pursuing an impeachment inquiry against President Trump. The transcript of his conversation with the President of Ukraine confirms that he solicited foreign interference in the 2020 election.  Then he openly called on China to investigate Vice President Joe Biden. This clearly demonstrates he is violating his oath and subverting the Constitution and the immediate need to pursue an impeachment inquiry. The President has also threatened the whistleblower and has obstructed Congressional oversight of his actions. I have offered my thoughts on national television several times this week. See my interviews with MSNBC, CNN and the CBS Evening News here, here and here.

Protecting Musicians and the Music Industry 

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Congressman Cohen with Jon Hornyak and Vicki Loveland of the Recording Academy Memphis Chapter 

On Wednesday, I went to Ardent Studio on Madison to meet with Recording Academy executive director Jon Hornyak and members to talk about federal legislation to strengthen music creators’ rights. As a proud supporter of the Music Modernization Act, which became law last year, I remain a staunch advocate of updating copyright law to protect musicians and will make sure producers, mixers and sound engineers receive the royalties they are due. 

Speaking at the Dedication of the Russell B. Sugarmon Jr. Memorial Bridge 

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On Thursday, I spoke from the grounds of the Memphis Theological Seminary adjacent to the new Russell B. Sugarmon Jr. Memorial Bridge and recalled my friend and mentor as one of our greatest champions of civil rights. I’m proud to have written and passed into law last year the bill naming the Autumn Avenue post office for the late paragon of justice. The date of Thursday’s dedication – October 3 – was selected by Judge Sugarmon’s family because it was the anniversary of the date in 1961 that he called his proudest moment, when he escorted the 6-year-old Malone twins, Sheila and Sharon, into Gordon Elementary School as part of the movement to desegregate Memphis public schools.   

Demanding the Federal Aviation Administration Review Airliner Evacuations 

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As the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) prepares to conduct tests next month of whether commercial airliners with their small seats and narrow distances between rows of seats can be safely evacuated in the statutorily mandated 90 seconds, I have been interviewed by reporters about my Seat Egress in Air Travel (SEAT) Act. Provisions of the bill, requiring the FAA assessment of the safety of current seat sizes, became law last year. I’m concerned it has taken too long for the evaluation to get under way, but I’m pleased to see the FAA is finally taking action. See a story about it here.

Discussing Abolishing the Electoral College 

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Congressman Cohen with Justice Stephen Breyer

Also Thursday, I spoke to the American Constitutional Society at my alma mater, the University of Memphis School of Law, about my Constitutional Amendment, H.J. Res. 7, to do away with the archaic Electoral College. Twice in the past 20 years we have had Presidents who did not win the popular vote. I believe that every vote should count. Later in the day, I spoke with Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer before he delivered his Constitution Day lecture at Rhodes College. 

Calling Attention to Gun Crime Tip Line 

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Last month, I met with officials with the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives to talk about gun crime in Memphis and the creation of a strike force to address it. I also told the officials that I would call attention to the bureau’s Gun Crimes Tip Line in my newsletter to constituents. Call (888) ATF-TIPS –  (888) 283-8477 -- if you have a tip for these dedicated law enforcement specialists.  
  
Offering U.S. Capitol Historical Society Calendars    
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My office will have a limited number of 2020 U.S. Capitol Historical Society calendars available. If you would like to receive a calendar, please complete this form on my website. Due to the rules of the House, I am only able to mail calendars to residents of Tennessee’s Ninth District. Please feel free to share this email with other residents of the Ninth District who may be interested in receiving one but who do not receive my eNewsletter.    
   
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Weekly Health Tip 
It’s time to start thinking about open enrollment for Medicare and the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Medicare open enrollment starts October 15 and ends December 7. ACA open enrollment starts November 1 and ends December 15. Review all your options for Medicare here and for the ACA here.  

Quote of the Week  

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 “These are the times that try men’s souls. The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of their country; but he that stands by it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman. Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered; yet we have this consolation with us, that the harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph.” – Thomas Paine, The Crisis, December 23, 1776. 
  
As always, I remain
Most sincerely,

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Steve Cohen
Member of Congress

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