U.S. Representative Steve Cohen (D-TN-09) this week said he wants more federal oversight of the oil industry and asked that U.S. President Joe Biden review the use of gas pipeline permits nationwide. Cohen announced the news via email to his constituents this week. He said Memphis residents who recently stopped the construction of the Byhalia Pipeline through southwest Memphis have forced people to think more about environmental justice issues.Read More
U.S. Representative Steve Cohen (D-TN-09) this week criticized progressives in Congress and said that their actions on the federal infrastructure bill could send former U.S. President Donald Trump back to the White House in 2024. Cohen made his remarks on CNN.Read More
On Thursday in a letter to President Joe Biden, Tennessee Congressman Steve Cohen (D-TN-09) suggested there needs to be more incentive to get vaccinated instead of prioritizing unvaccinated people for monoclonal antibody treatment.Read More
U.S. Representative Steve Cohen (D-TN-09) on Tuesday paired up with U.S. Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ) to file companion bills that would, if enacted into law, create a government program to combat childhood obesity. “The Reducing Obesity in Youth Act would create a grant program to assist in the development of healthier early care and education environments to improve healthy eating and physical activity among children from birth through 5 years of age,” according to a press release that members of Cohen’s staff published on the congressman’s website this week.Read More
Tuesday morning on the Tennessee Star Report, host Michael Patrick Leahy welcomed AMF’s Grant Henry to the studio to weigh in on Steve Cohen’s recent comments regarding Texas abortion law and the continuation of Dr. Michelle Fiscus’s lawsuit.Read More
U.S. Representative Steve Cohen (D-TN-09) has politicized the U.S. Supreme Court, calling for the court to make one radical change and also for one justice to resign before a Republican president can replace him. Cohen was angry about the U.S. Supreme Court not blocking a Texas law restricting abortion access from going into effect.Read More
U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen (D-TN-09) this week voted for a seven-bill “minibus” that he said increases spending for several government social programs. The bill increases spending for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC), and other school nutrition programs. Cohen said in a press release that the money also increases spending on the Small Business Administration, consumer protection agencies, veterans affairs and veterans medical services.Read More
U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen (D-TN-09) this week introduced a bill that he said will increase diversity in Advanced Placement (AP) and Gifted and Talented Elementary (GT) classes. In a press release, Cohen also said his bill would use Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) funding to create equity offices in state departments of education to increase diversity in AP and GT programs.Read More
U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen (D-TN-09) who chairs the Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights, and Civil Liberties, has introduced a measure that would change how states handle redistricting. Cohen announced this in a press release late last week.Read More
U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen (D-TN-09) wants the nationwide permit for the proposed Byhalia Connection Pipeline rescinded, and this week he took the matter up with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Cohen told the U.S. House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure that the pipeline endangers his constituents in Memphis.Read More
U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen (D-TN-09) said the U.S. House Judiciary Committee is sending legislation to the floor of the U.S. House that would, if enacted into law, create a commission to study slave reparations for African-Americans. Cohen said this bill, H.R. 40, would create a commission to study the following:Read More
U.S. Rep. Jim Cooper (D-TN-05) told his constituents in an emailed newsletter this week that he favors statehood for Washington, D.C. “The House Oversight and Reform Committee passed a bill on Wednesday that would make Washington, DC the 51st state,” according to Cooper’s newsletter.Read More
Representative Steve Cohen’s (D-TN-09) initiative to abolish the electoral college hasn’t progressed much since it was introduced back in January. The last action on the resolution occurred early last month, when it was referred to the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Constitution, Civil Rights, and Civil Liberties. No dates are listed to consider the resolution, though Cohen is the subcommittee chairman.
Other members of that committee are Vice Chair Deborah Ross (D-NC-02), Jamie Raskin (D-MD-08), Henry “Hank” Johnson (D-GA-04), Sylvia Garcia (D-TX-29), Cori Bush (D-MO-01), Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX-18), Mike Johnson (R-LA-04), Tom McClintock (D-CA-04), Chip Roy (D-TX-21), Michelle Fischbach (D-MN-07), and Burgess Owens (D-UT-04).Read More
In a letter to Memphis Mayor Strickland, Governor Bill Lee refuted recent claims that the COVID-19 vaccines weren’t distributed equally to Shelby County.
“[I]t has been reported that Shelby County has not received an equitable share of vaccine doses relative to other counties across the state. However – and I want to be clear and unmistakable about this – any such claims are incorrect,” stated Lee.Read More
The University of Memphis (UofM) will raise its minimum wage from $13 to $15 an hour, starting June 5.
In a copy of the email obtained by The Tennessee Star, university faculty and staff were informed by President Dr. David Rudd on Tuesday that the raise was a culmination of adjustments done over the past year. Rudd shared that some of they’d implemented a hiring freeze, reduction in operational costs, and forms of attrition.Read More
U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen (D-TN-09) this weekend confirmed what he said a lot of people already suspected about him. Cohen said, yes, he hates Donald Trump.Read More
U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen (D-TN-09) pouted on Twitter that he had to travel alongside people who didn’t wear COVID-19 masks, all of whom he assumed were Donald Trump voters — although Cohen didn’t provide evidence to prove it. Cohen tweeted this information Sunday.Read More
The U.S. House passed the Caring for Americans with Supplemental Cash (CASH Act) last evening; Tennessee’s representatives faced a partisan split on the bill. The act tacks on $1,400 to the $600 payments within the massive year-end package signed by President Trump on Sunday.
The CASH Act passed in the House with a majority of 275 to 134, and 21 abstained from voting. One of the representatives who abstained their vote was Representative David (Phil) Roe (R-TN-01). Of all House Republicans, 44 voted for the act, and 130 voted against it.Read More
U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen (D-TN-09) on Thursday released a video bragging about his time in the 116th Congress, although the video didn’t mention his more outlandish, offensive, or insensitive displays of behavior during that time. The video, which Cohen’s staff uploaded to the congressman’s Facebook page, shows him pushing to impeach U.S. President Donald Trump and pledging to address the death of George Floyd. Later, the video reports that Cohen delivered nearly $387 million in federal taxpayer money to his district, which includes Memphis.Read More
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi scheduled a vote Monday evening for a hefty bill dropped on Congress earlier that same day. The spending bill totals nearly 5,600 pages.
The bill was unavailable prior to this afternoon, a delay reportedly caused by “computer glitch[es].” In addition to the $900 billion in pandemic stimulus spending, the bill includes $1.4 trillion for other expenditures.Read More
Most members of Tennessee’s Congressional delegation support U.S. President Donald Trump and his call for a fair and transparent election.
Trump, a Republican, said he believes voter fraud put his opponent Joe Biden, a Democrat, over the top in certain battleground states after a close election.
But U.S. Rep. Jim Cooper (D-TN-05) said in a newsletter to his constituents Sunday that Trump’s statements are false and baseless.Read More
Representatives Steve Cohen (D-TN-09) and Jim Cooper (D-TN-05) tweeted that voters should be fearful heading into Election Day. Both representatives issued their remarks on the day before the election.
The tweets from Cohen and Cooper reflect one of two messages: encouraging individuals to submit their votes and questioning the integrity of the election. The day before Election Day, Cohen suggested that the election’s aftermath should be feared.Read More
U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen (D-TN-09) complained this week about the U.S. Electoral College, one week before next week’s presidential election.
Cohen, on Twitter, said the Electoral College causes low voter turnout and called to abolish it.Read More
Republican Charlotte Bergmann wants to unseat U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen (D-TN-09) in this year’s election.
Bergmann, according to her Facebook page, is scheduled to speak at the Shelby County Republican Party’s Outreach meeting at 6 p.m. Central Monday at its headquarters at 750 North Germantown Parkway in Memphis.Read More
U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen (D-TN-09) has reportedly deleted a tweet he wrote that prompted another person to say U.S. Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC) “might as well be” white.
And Cohen endorsed that other person’s comment by pressing the like button.Read More
U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen (D-TN-09) wants federal officials to continue sending $600 a week to unemployed people.
Cohen also wants more people in Memphis to fill out their 2020 Census forms — so that city residents can continue to qualify for the same amount of government benefits they’re already getting.Read More
U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen (D-TN-09) on Tuesday held U.S. Attorney General William Barr accountable for the death of Jeffrey Epstein.
Cohen accused Barr of neglect in Epstein’s death at a House Judiciary Committee hearing.Read More
One of the Democratic Party’s top grassroots organizers, who once worked for Hillary Clinton, this week took to Twitter and described U.S. Sen. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) as “inbred racist trash.”
That man, Adam Parkhomenko, of McLean, VA. then told Blackburn to “f*** off.”Read More
Rep. Steve Cohen (D-TN-09) called President Donald Trump a “textbook narcissist and sociopath” after he commuted the prison sentence of Roger Stone Friday night.
Stone had been sentenced in February to three years and four months in prison for lying to Congress, witness tampering and obstructing the House investigation into whether the Trump campaign colluded with Russia to win the 2016 election. He was set to report to prison by Tuesday.Read More
Rep. Steve Cohen (D-TN-09) urged Gov. Bill Lee to remove a bust of Nathan Bedford Forrest from the State Capitol and rename a state park that bears his name.
In a letter sent to Lee Monday, Cohen asked the Republican governor to “demonstrate leadership on an issue that causes so much pain in the Black community in Tennessee.”Read More
Rep. Steve Cohen (D-TN-09) wants to open up another impeachment inquiry, this time of U.S. Attorney General Bill Barr.
After calling for Barr’s impeachment last week, Cohen formally introduced a resolution Tuesday that would authorize an impeachment inquiry into Barr’s conduct.Read More
Rep. Steve Cohen (D-TN-09) called for the impeachment of U.S. Attorney General Bill Barr during a House Judiciary Committee hearing last week.
In a statement released before the hearing, Cohen claimed the Department of Justice “has clearly been corrupted” under Barr’s leadership. He pointed to the recent removal of Geoffrey Berman, former U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York, and the Justice Department’s request to dismiss its criminal case against Michael Flynn as evidence of corruption.Read More
U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen (D-TN-09) announced this week that the feds will send more than $100,000 of taxpayer money to the University of Memphis to study how COVID-19 affects employee morale.
Cohen announced this on his website this week.Read More
Last weekend a Twitter user out of Jackson, Tenn. shared a video of actor Robert De Niro bragging he wants to punch President Donald Trump in the face — and U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen (D-TN-09) shared it.Read More
Rep. Steve Cohen (D-TN-09) sent a letter to U.S. Attorney General William Barr Friday asking him to clarify President Donald Trump’s comments about the use of emergency powers during the coronavirus pandemic.Read More
Federal officials will lavish nearly $25 million of coronavirus relief money to prop up the Memphis International Airport, even though the facility has struggled for years because far fewer people use it.Read More
U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen (D-TN-09) held a Coronavirus Town Hall by phone this week where he touted mail-in voting and warned that Russians are in America putting out misinformation about COVID-19.Read More
U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen (D-TN-09) announced that, as part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act, the already publicly-funded Memphis Area Transit Authority will receive more nearly $36 million in taxpayer money.
This, according to a press release Cohen released late last week.
MATA is Memphis’ public transportation provider.Read More
MyPillow, Inc. CEO Mike Lindell has apparently triggered U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen (D-TN-09).Read More
Democratic U.S. Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi is “the greatest female politician in American history,” according to U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen (D-TN-09).
Cohen used his Twitter account Sunday to put Pelosi on a moral pedestal. He did this while also bashing U.S. Republican President Donald Trump — in the midst of a potentially cataclysmic national emergency.
The congressman then revered Pelosi as “one of, if not the greatest Speakers in our history.”Read More
U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen (D-TN-09) on Friday used the coronavirus as yet another reason to take political jabs at U.S. Republican President Donald Trump.Read More
Members of the U.S. House of Representatives, with the help of U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen (D-TN-09), passed a bill that could give the feds more power to regulate e-cigarettes.
Cohen co-sponsored the bill, known as the Reversing the Youth Epidemic Act of 2019.Read More
The jury foreperson in the trial that convicted Roger Stone, friend of U.S. Republican President Donald Trump, is a prominent Democratic Party player from Memphis.Read More
As if the recent impeachment trial weren’t reason enough, Tennessee Congressman Steve Cohen (D-TN-09) is raging against U.S. Republican President Donald Trump for yet another reason.Read More
U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen (D-TN-09) said Wednesday that U.S. Republican President Donald Trump will forever have his name tarnished with the word impeachment, and it doesn’t matter that the U.S. Senate voted to acquit him.Read More
Rep. Steve Cohen (D-TN-09) and ten other Congressional members sent a signed letter to the Department of Justice (DOJ) Thursday asking Attorney General William Barr and federal prosecutor John Durham to immediately resign from their positions.Read More
Live from Music Row Friday morning on The Tennessee Star Report with Michael Patrick Leahy – broadcast on Nashville’s Talk Radio 98.3 and 1510 WLAC weekdays from 5:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. – Leahy and Carmichael were joined on the newsmaker line by the original all-star panelist and founder of the New American Populist, Jeff Webb.Read More
U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen (D-TN-09) this week compared U.S. Republican President Donald Trump’s alleged quid pro quo on Ukraine as an affront to civil rights workers, women’s suffrage, and people murdered by the Ku Klux Klan.Read More
U.S. Rep. Doug Collins (R-GA-09) reprimanded U.S. Rep. Steven Cohen (D-TN-09) for misrepresenting the facts Thursday at the U.S. House Judiciary Committee impeachment hearings concerning U.S. Republican President Donald Trump.Read More
Tennessee’s only two Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives, Reps Steve Cohen (TN-09) and Jim Cooper (TN-05), have announced their decisions to support the two Articles of Impeachment against President Trump, introduced in the House Judiciary Committee on Tuesday. Both Cohen and Cooper represent safely Democratic districts. Cohen…Read More