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Re: [mercury-one-memphis] Fwd: Join Me At My District Issues Meeting

From: Michelle L.
Sent on: Thursday, January 9, 2014 10:31 PM
I am excited that Mercury-one-memphis is interested in engaging City Council on different issues that face this city. As you see from the results of the Tuesday meeting the Auto Zone Bailout passed. I believe this happened because not enough citizens took the time or made the effort to reach out to Council and say what they really felt. I would like to invite all members to join us in our FIRE RETIRE AND REPLACE movement. You can find us on FB we have almost 700 likes in 2 weeks. The revolution is spreading. Please consider joining in our voices. Another concern we have are the 12,000 untested rape kits. All information is on our page. You may contact me through this e-mail. I am also admin on the FB page.
Michelle Land

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January 3rd, 2014

Dear Friend,
Happy New Year! I hope you and your loved ones had a wonderful holiday season and are looking forward to good things to come this year. You can learn what I have done in the last few weeks and some information about upcoming events below.
2014 District Issues Meeting
On Monday morning from 10 AM to 12 noon, I will host a public meeting to discuss issues facing the Ninth District in my office in the Clifford Davis/Odell Horton Federal Building at 167 North Main Street (Suite 369). Hearing what Memphians have to say about the issues like the Affordable Care Act and the economy helps me do a better job representing the Ninth District in Washington. If you are able to make it, I’d like to invite you to join me and my staff on Monday morning—all you need to do to RSVP is give my Memphis office a call at (901) 544-4131. Please note that attendees are asked to enter from Front Street.
Councilman Lowery’s 23rd Annual Prayer Breakfast
On New Year’s Day, I was glad to have the chance to speak to nearly 300 Memphians about my hopes for the coming year at City Councilman Myron Lowery’s 23rdannual prayer breakfast. After the partisan bickering of the last year that ultimately led to a shutdown of the federal government, I look forward to more of us in Congress finding a way to work together to get things done, to help grow the economy, and to fight for the middle class. One of the ways we can do that is by making sure that everyone who works hard earns a decent, livable wage. I will work with my colleagues to increase the minimum wage.
Restoring the Public’s Faith in Our Elections
When the public doesn’t have faith in the election process, that faith needs to be restored—and that means replacing Shelby County elections administrator Richard Holden. In his tenure as elections administrator, he has made several “mistakes” including giving voters the wrong ballot (that led to a race for school board being overturned), and was recently suspended and placed on probation by a unanimous and bipartisan vote of the Election Commission. It’s time that the Commission dismiss Holden and replace him with someone better suited to the job—someone who the public can trust.
Protecting Americans from Harassment
There was a very powerful story on the front page of yesterday’s New York Times about the predatory methods used by a company called Educational Credit Management Corporation to recover student loan debt for the federal government. The tactics they use on Americans who are just trying to get by in difficult circumstances are shameful, and in some cases they even border on abusive. I believe that people should pay the debts they owe, but the federal government shouldn’t be paying companies to harass them when they can’t. We simply have to hold them to a higher standard.
Helping Memphians Get Covered
All Memphians should have quality health insurance and the President’s landmark Affordable Care Act—also known as Obamacare—is making affordable, higher-quality coverage available to people who have not had access to it in the past. Luckily, many who have been unable to afford quality coverage in the past are now eligible to enroll in Tennessee’s Health Insurance Marketplace. Open enrollment for coverage in 2014 will continue until March 31st. And if you do not have health insurance coverage, you may also be eligible to save money on your health care premiums in the Marketplace.
If you are on Medicare or your employer is going to offer qualified health insurance next year that you will enroll in, you’re already covered and won’t need to enter the Marketplace for your health coverage. If you aren’t sure whether or not you will need to use the Marketplace to get insurance, call the Marketplace Hotline at [masked] or visit You can also call my office or the Marketplace Hotline to find out if TennCare (Tennessee’s Medicaid program) is a coverage option for you. If you are one of the millions of Americans who need health insurance, you can sign up for coverage for 2014 until the open enrollment period closes on March 31st, 2014. Visit today to look at your options.
The Affordable Care Act is already working for families across the Ninth District and the recent government shutdown didn’t change that. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 147,000 individuals in the district now have health insurance that covers preventive services without co-pays, $3.1 million in insurance premiums have been returned to consumers, and more than 5,000 seniors on Medicare paid a total of $5.9 million less for their prescription medications as we continue to close the ‘donut hole.’ Also, health insurance companies can no longer discriminate against patients with pre-existing conditions and young adults up to age 26 can now stay on their parents’ insurance plan.
Many of the Marketplace website issues that have been in the news recently have been resolved. However, the Marketplace website is only one tool that you can use to sign up for coverage. If you are having trouble accessing the website, please do not hesitate to call the Marketplace Hotline at 1 (800)[masked] or visit the Seedco Mid-South office at 22 North Front Street (Suite 900) for in-person help. Seedco can also be reached by phone at (901)[masked], and if you have any other questions, you should feel free to call my office at (901) 544-4131.
Also, on January 20th, I will be celebrating Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Day of Service by hosting an education and volunteer training event for Memphians to learn more about the Affordable Care Act and help their communities get enrolled and take advantage of the law’s many benefits. I hope you will join me and representatives from Seedco at the New Olivet Baptist Church (3084 Southern Avenue) from 10 a.m. to noon on the 20th to get trained as a volunteer so that you can help make affordable healthcare a reality for more citizens of the Ninth District! If you can make it, please RSVP to my Memphis office by calling (901) 544-4131.
2014 U.S. Capitol Historical Society Calendars Are Available
My office currently has a limited number of 2014 U.S. Capitol Historical Society calendars available. If you would like to receive a calendar, please complete this short form on my website . Due to the rules of the House of Representatives, I am only able to mail calendars to residents of Tennessee’s Ninth District. Please feel free to share this email with other citizens of the Ninth District who may be interested in receiving one but who do not receive my eNewsletter.
White House Internships
The White House Internship Program is currently accepting applications from young people who are interested in government and devoted to public service. If you—or anyone you know—would like to spend some time working at the White House, gaining valuable professional experience and building leadership skills, I would like to take this opportunity to urge you to apply. The application deadline is Sunday, January 5th, 2014. Click here for more information.
Grant Announcements
I regularly release a list of grant announcements from federal agencies like the Department of Health and Human Services, the Environmental Protection Agency, the Department of Transportation, and others. These federal funding opportunities are available to faith-based and neighborhood associations, nonprofits and other community organizations in the 9th District. The announcements are updated regularly on my website.
As always, I remain.
Happy New Year,

Steve Cohen
Member of Congress
167 North Main Street,
Suite 369
Memphis, TN 38103
Phone: (901)[masked]
Fax: (901)[masked]
Washington, D.C.
2404 Rayburn  
House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515
Phone: (202)[masked]
Fax: (202)[masked]

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