This week, I announced significant investments in our state’s physical infrastructure, including our local airports and our drinking water and sanitation systems, in accordance with the Law on Investment in Infrastructure and Water. job I voted for and which was enacted last month. I also voted for Trump’s former chief of staff to be found guilty of criminal contempt of Congress for refusing to honor a subpoena from the commission of inquiry into the January 6 coup attempt. ; voted to maintain our country’s ability to pay its bills with an increase in the debt ceiling; wrote a column explaining the need to end the airline practice of charging unreasonable fees; met with experts on Russia’s growing threat to Ukraine; announced a major grant to the Memphis Fire Department’s Healthcare Navigator program; congratulated this year’s Congressional App Challenge winner from Tennessee’s 9th Congressional District; urged President Biden to release the remaining classified files relating to the assassination of President Kennedy; congratulated Arlisa Armstrong on being named USDA State Director of Rural Development by President Biden; expressed concern at the loss of life caused by the tornadoes and severe storms last weekend in our region; celebrated the Tigers’ victory over Alabama; donated 2022 calendars from the US Capitol Historical Society; and provided health advice. Read on and follow me on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram to see what I’m doing as I go.
New infrastructure funding announced for our state
The new infrastructure investment and jobs law that I passed and that President Biden enacted last month will send $ 1.1 billion in new funds to Tennessee in its first year to rebuild roads , bridges, pipelines and broadband – and create well-paying jobs. See my press release on the new statewide funding here. It also provides $ 17.8 million in funding for Memphis International, General Dewitt Spain and Millington-Memphis airports, and $ 120.8 million to improve drinking water and sanitation systems across our state. See my press release on airport funding here and water supply systems here.
On Tuesday night, I voted in favor of detaining former Trump chief of staff Mark Meadows on criminal contempt of Congress for failing to honor a subpoena from the special House committee investigating the attempt. coup of January 6.
The US Treasury Department
Also on Tuesday I voted to raise the debt ceiling to prevent the United States from defaulting on its obligations for the first time in history. It was the right thing to do and it should never have been a question of partisanship. It pays for past debts, including the trillion dollar Trump tax scam and the bipartisan response to Covid-19 during the Trump administration.
Just in time for vacation travel, the FAIR Fee Bill that I introduced with Senator Markey of Massachusetts last week will remove unexpected, unreasonable and onerous airfare. See our opinion column in The hill diary about it here.
Meeting with the President of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe on the situation in Ukraine
On Tuesday, as co-chair of the Helsinki Commission, I met the President of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe, Margareta Cederfelt, from Sweden, to discuss the regrouping of Russian troops at the Ukrainian border. On Thursday, I interviewed expert witnesses at a Helsinki Commission briefing on Ukraine and made it clear that Russian aggression would be punished. See my press release on the briefing here.
Memphis Fire Department announced $ 3.9 million grant
Thursday I announced that the Memphis Fire Department’s Healthcare Navigator program will receive a $ 3.9 million grant from the Department of Health and Human Services Office of Minority Health. I congratulate Director Gina Sweat and her team for this innovative, life-saving effort.
Congratulations to the winner of the Memphis Congressional App Challenge
This week, I was proud to award first place to Shaniya Thomas of White Station High School in this year’s 9th Congressional District Congressional App Challenge. The Congressional App Challenge is a national competition for high school students who want to code and present original apps. This year, Ms. Thomas used open source coding and Google tools to design My College Financial, a financial literacy app for prospective students to learn important skills such as banking, budgeting, taxes, and loan repayments. student loans. I am proud of the innovation and creativity of Shaniya and all involved. The future of Memphis is in good hands with bright minds like theirs!
On Thursday, Congresswoman Anna Eshoo from California and I issued a joint statement calling for the release of the remaining documents on the assassination of President Kennedy. This came after the White House released 1,500 related documents, leaving more than 10,000 documents partially redacted or fully withheld. See this statement here. I was also interviewed on the subject by Politics. See this story here.
Congratulating USDA State Director of Rural Development Arlisa Armstrong
On Friday afternoon, President Biden announced the appointment of Arlisa Armstrong, longtime director of the US Department of Agriculture in western Tennessee, as state director of rural development. See my statement congratulating her here.
They’re already calling Tuesday night’s upset victory over 6th-ranked Alabama one of the best Tigers basketball games in history. Congratulations, Tigers!
My office has a limited number of 2022 calendars from the US Capitol Historical Society. If you would like to receive a calendar, please fill in this form on my website. Due to House rules, I can only send calendars to residents of the Ninth District of Tennessee.
Experts say we could see another wave of coronavirus this winter as the new, more contagious Omicron variant spreads. This is why it is especially important to get the vaccine and to get the full vaccine, which seems to limit the severity of Omicron.
The Shelby County Department of Health continues to provide vaccines to children aged 5 to 11 accompanied by a parent or legal guardian without an appointment at its vaccination clinic at 814 Jefferson Avenue between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday to Friday. The parent or legal guardian accompanying the child must provide documentation of the child’s date of birth with a birth certificate or shooting record.
Additionally, adults who are already fully vaccinated are eligible for coronavirus boosters. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends booster shots for adults who received the Johnson & Johnson vaccine at least two months ago or people aged 16 or older who received their second dose of the vaccine Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna at least six months ago. More information on booster injections is available here.
Vaccines are currently available for all people 5 years of age and older. If you need transportation to a vaccination site, you can call 901-RIDE901 (901-743-3901) to coordinate the best transportation option for you. The city of Memphis is also now coordinating with organizations, congregations, community groups and businesses to organize coronavirus vaccinations. The Shelby County Health Department at 814 Jefferson also dispenses vaccines from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday. No appointment is necessary. To find the latest information on vaccination sites, visit https://covid19.memphistn.gov/
“I promise you: you will heal. We will recover. You will rebuild. You are going to be stronger than before. We will rebuild better than before. –President Biden after examining tornado damage in Dawson Springs, Ky. On Wednesday.
I wish everyone a happy holiday season.
As always, I stay.