On October 1st 2013 Rep. Steve Cohen of Tennessee asked for and was granted permission to address the United States House of Representatives for one minute during this the first full day of the Republican imposed government shutdown to address certain misrepresentations of the Affordable Care Act.
“Mr. Speaker, I’ll tell you how indefensible it is. The provision that said that Congresspeople and their staffs were kept out of the Federal insurance plans and put into the exchanges was drafted by Charles Grassley, a Republican from Ohio, who said, on September 26, that he never intended that to take away the employer subsidies that congressional staffers have gotten for years and years and years, like every other employee in America. The Republican who drafted this himself said: That’s not correct. It’s not right.”
“The Republicans have lied about health care, saying ObamaCare was the government takeover of health care. PolitiFact said it was the biggest lie of the year. They said there were death panels–biggest lie of the year. This will give them a triumvirate, the three biggest lies of the year. They’re lying about their own employees, their own health plan. The fact is they were the only people in the country to be put out of the plan they were in and had their subsidies taken away. It’s cruel and wrong. They deserve health care, too”, said Rep. Cohen (source: Congressional Record http://thomas.loc.gov).
Rep Cohen serves on the following Committees and Subcommittees in Congress:
Ranking Member, Subcommittee on Regulatory Reform, Commercial and Antitrust Law – In only his second term, Congressman Cohen was voted by his colleagues in the influential House Committee on the Judiciary to chair a similar subcommittee in the 111th Congress. In the 112th and the 113th Congress, he will serve as Ranking Member on this influential subcommittee.
Member, House Committee on the Judiciary.
In addition to serving as Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Regulatory Reform, Commercial and Antitrust Law, Congressman Cohen also sit on the Subcommittee on Constitution and Civil Justice.
Member, House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee – Congressman Cohen serves on the Subcommittee on Aviation, the Subcommittee on Highways and Transit and the Subcommittee on Railroads, Pipelines and Hazardous Materials.
Member, Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe – Congressman Cohen was nominated by Leader Pelosi and appointed by Speaker Boehner to the serve as one of the nine House members on the Helsinki Commission.
Needless to say Rep. Cohen is an extremely powerful and influential member of Congress.