Transport Secretary Pete Buttigieg accepted my invitation this week to come to Memphis to see firsthand the disruption of cars and trucks caused by the closure of Hernando DeSoto’s Interstate 40 Bridge. I took the opportunity to highlight other transport-related issues of importance to the 9th constituency. It was a successful visit, and Secretary Pete left with renewed appreciation for Memphis’s role as a major distribution center. I also introduced the Equal Employment for All Act, which prohibits the use of credit points in hiring decisions; congratulated the Grizzlies on their stellar season; called for a review of efforts to protect wild horses; announced significant grants to the University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC) and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital; and offered health advice. Keep reading and subscribe to me Twitter, Facebook as well as Instagram to see what I do, how it goes.
On Thursday, I welcomed Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg to Bluff City and joined him at a roundtable held at FedEx and then at the Hernando DeSoto Bridge to help DOT understand and address the serious disruptions caused by the bridge closure. calling. Secretary of State Pete has heard from trucking and other trucking companies, state transportation executives, and political leaders like Mayor Strickland, Senator Blackburn, and myself, about the regional economic impact of the bridge closure. He assured us that repairing and reopening the bridge is the highest national priority and did everything we asked him to do and everything he could do to expedite the repair. He came from Memphis with an understanding of the importance of this bridge to Memphis and the economy of our country. How we drove through the city and then spoke at a press conferenceI have mentioned several other transport-related issues of importance to Memphis and the Mid-South. Overall, it was a very successful visit.
This morning, I reintroduced the Equal Employment for All Act, which prohibits the use of credit scores in hiring decisions. I have long championed the idea that poor credit ratings, which disproportionately affect women, minorities, and people struggling to overcome financial hardship, are not fair or even reasonable in the job application process. Watch my release as here…
Which season! In their 20th year in Memphis, the Grizzlies performed stunningly despite the unprecedented challenges caused by the pandemic. Jah Morant and Dillon Brooks – well, the whole team – exceeded expectations and proved they could beat the best. Although the season ended on Wednesday night, I have to agree with Dillon: “The future looks very bright.”
As a longtime member of the animal welfare group, I joined my congressional colleagues on Wednesday in a letter to Interior Minister Deb Haaland asking the Department to suspend its wild horse and donkey adoption program and to investigate reports of some adopted adoptees being sent to slaughterhouses. Learn more on this topic here…
This week, I announced three grants to the University of Tennessee Health Research Center (UTHSC) and two grants to the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. See these releases here, here as well as here…
President Biden recently announced his goal of vaccinating 70 percent of Americans by July 4th. Already, 63 percent of adults over 40 have received at least one vaccine. Vice President Harris will travel to the Midwest and South to get those regions where vaccines have been hesitant to roll up their sleeves. In Shelby County, the process is free, simple and fast. Do it for your family, friends, your community.
To find the latest information on vaccination points or to request a vaccination date for a homebird, go to https://covid19.memphistn.gov/ or call (901) 222-SHOT (7468). I urge all my constituents and friends to get vaccinated as soon as possible.
“We are not doing ourselves any favors by pretending that none of this ever happened or that it does not affect us today because it still affects us today. We cannot simply choose to find out what we want to know rather than what we should know. We must know the good and the bad, everything. This is what great nations do: They agree with their dark sides. And we are a great nation. ” – President Joe Biden speaks Tuesday at the 100th Anniversary of the Tulsa-Greenwood Massacre.
As always, I stay.
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