This week Congressman Steve Cohen (TN-9) was appointed to the House Judiciary Committee and the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee. He will serve as ranking member on the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Courts, Commercial and Administrative Law. He previously chaired this subcommittee in the 111th Congress.
"It is an honor and a privilege to continue serving on the House Judiciary Committee and the Transportation & Infrastructure Committee," said Congressman Cohen. "Both committees have a significant impact on Memphis and its residents. I look forward to working to bring more jobs and federal funding to Memphis through my work on these committees."
Congressman Cohen will also serve on the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, and Homeland Security. As a member of the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, he will serve on the Subcommittee on Aviation, the Subcommittee on Highways and Transit, and the Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment.
As a member of the House Judiciary Committee, Congressman Cohen plans to reintroduce legislation he authored to restore fairness in student lending by treating privately-issued student loans in bankruptcy the same as other types of unsecured debt; legislation that seeks to end ethnic disparities in the criminal justice system; and legislation to provide uniform protection against Strategic Lawsuits Against Public Participation, also known as SLAPP suits, which are used to silence and harass critics.
As a member of the House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee, Congressman Cohen plans to reintroduce legislation he authored that would enable Memphis to get millions of dollars for the development of the Memphis Aerotropolis; legislation to spur development of an affordable transportation system that enhances mobility, accessibility, safety, and ease for all users; and fight for legislation to reauthorize the Federal Aviation Administration.