Cooper in the News

As pandemic recovery trudges on, questions of transparency emerge 
Tennessee Lookout
June 30, 2020
"Some members of Congress, including U.S. Rep. Jim Cooper, D-Nashville, are seeking to change that. Cooper has co-signed at least two letters to Treasury and the SBA encouraging more transparency. And he’s co-sponsored a bill that would require the SBA to disclose the same demographic data on PPP loans that it already does on its bread-and-butter 7(A) loans."

The Equity Alliance expands efforts at 'critical juncture' for racial equality in Tennessee
Tennessean
June 30, 2020
"Civic Engagement Intern Henry Hicks: Summer intern to help organize support for the group's civic engagement programs. Hicks is a 2020 Harry S. Truman Scholar and former intern for U.S. Rep. Jim Cooper and previously worked as a field organizer for Sen. Kamala Harris' presidential campaign."

House Democrats tout infrastructure benefits, but Republicans wary
Tennessee Lookout
June 30, 2020
"'Just because your train is bigger than my car, that doesn’t mean you have a right to keep me from work,' Cooper said. 'Both are important to keep the economy strong.'"

As Coronavirus Cases Spike, Many GOP Lawmakers Back Masks and Tests
The Wall Street Journal
June 27, 2020
"'We’re seeing a second outbreak and part of this is due to the macho behavior of Republicans,' said Rep. Jim Cooper (D., Tenn.). 'The fatal problem is the time lag because by the time people get religion on this issue, it’s too late and the epidemic has restarted.'"

Episode 65: Rep. Jim Cooper on The Read
GAYBC News Radio
June 23, 2020
"Hello everybody and welcome to The Read: A Queen Drag’s the News. I am your host Veronika Electronika and I am so blessed to have a repeat guest on our show here. U.S. Congressman Jim Cooper is on the line with us today and I wanted to touch base with him on some amazing new updates that the Supreme Court of the United States has bestowed upon us this week."

Demonstrators stand together in silence, honor Juneteenth
WSMV
June 19, 2020
"U.S. Rep. Jim Cooper (TN-05) said he supports 'the call for #Juneteenth to be recognized as a federal holiday.' Cooper also encouraged people to research the Civil Rights Collection. You can see the collection by clicking here."

House members call for IG investigation tied to Ligado
C4ISRNET
June 13, 2020
"The letter, dated June 11, is addressed to FCC Chairman Ajit Pai and signed by Reps. Jim Cooper, D-Tenn., the chairman of the HASC Strategic Forces Subcommittee; Mike Turner, R-Ohio, the ranking member on that same committee; and Elise Stefanik, R-NY., the ranking member on the Subcommittee on Intelligence and Emerging Threats and Capabilities."

Senator Grassley, Don’t Back Down
The New York Times
June 11, 2020
"Senator Chris Murphy of Connecticut and Representative Jim Cooper of Tennessee, both moderate Democrats, have introduced legislation establishing seven-year terms for inspectors general and setting standards for their removal."

What I learned while getting out of Guatemala before borders closed | Opinion
Tennessean
June 1, 2020
"Fourth, if you want to know which politicians truly have your welfare at heart, get stranded in another country. Within a day of contacting both my Republican and Democratic representatives, I was on a conference call with staff from the offices of Democratic U.S. Rep. Jim Cooper and state Sen. Jeff Yarbro. John Wood, in Cooper’s office, continued to follow up with me nearly every day until I arrived home. Even while he admitted to having limited power to get me out, he assured me I would not be forgotten, and he kept that promise."

Taylor Swift And The Tweet That Could Help Take Down A President
Forbes
May 30, 2020
"And in 2018, she shifted gears entirely and decided to speak out about the 2018 midterm election in Tennessee, encouraging fans to vote for Tennessee Democratic Senate candidate Phil Bredesen and House of Representative candidate Jim Cooper (Bredesen lost and Cooper won)."

Mr. Trump’s War on Accountability
The New York Times
May 4, 2020
"Lawmakers serious about protecting inspectors general could start by taking a closer look at the 'Inspectors General Independence Act.' Introduced last month by Senator Chris Murphy of Connecticut and Representative Jim Cooper of Tennessee, both moderate Democrats, the bill aims to shield I.G.s from politically motivated firings by establishing seven-year terms and limiting removals to 'for cause,' such as 'permanent incapacity, inefficiency, neglect of duty, malfeasance or conviction of a felony or conduct involving moral turpitude.'"

State lawmaker asks for music industry to be considered in draft of next stimulus bill
WKRN
May 4, 2020
In a bipartisan effort, U.S. Representative Jim Cooper and 27 others from across the country sent a letter to White House congressional leadership asking that the music and live event industry be considered during drafting of the next stimulus bill.

Voter Registration Groups Could Soon Be Fined If They Submit Incomplete Applications
WPLN
April 2, 2019
"The measure has also received some pushback from U.S. Rep. Jim Cooper, D-Nashville, who called the bill 'a new poll tax.' As a state that has one of the lowest voter turnouts in the country, we shouldn’t make voter registration more complicated,' Cooper said in a statement. iIf paper forms are too difficult, we should offer more digital options, such as same-day registration and automatic voter registration. Or we should fix our confusing forms.'"

Voting Rights Organizations Prepare for Pushback Against Registration Restrictions
Nashville Scene
April 1, 2019
"'As a state that has one of the lowest voter turnouts in the country, we shouldn't make voter registration more complicated,' he says. 'If paper forms are too difficult, we should offer more digital options, such as same-day registration and automatic voter registration. Or we should fix our confusing forms. It's like a new poll tax,' Cooper adds. 'How many jellybeans are in the jar? We have seen this movie before. This is a blatant attempt to suppress the vote further in Tennessee.'"

Unrig Summit: democracy movement takes flight in Nashville | Opinion
Tennessean
More than 2,000 unlikely allies from across the political spectrum from all 50 states are meeting at Music City Center this Friday through Sunday at what’s being called the ‘SXSW of Politics’ to ‘Unrig the System’.

Tennessee gov requests aid, citing $151M impact from floods
NewsChannel 5
Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee is asking President Donald Trump's administration to make federal assistance available for government efforts to address recent flooding and storms, citing a $151.3 million impact through local and state emergency responses, and infrastructure and road damage.

Cooper Optimistic Congress Will Approve Space Force, But will It Solve The Problem?
Space Policy 
Acting Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan today championed the need for a Space Force to protect our $19 trillion economy and the space systems our military depends upon.  Rep. Jim Cooper (D-TN), a key member of the House Armed Services Committee (HASC), expressed optimism that Congress will approve a Space Force in some form this year. 

Key Lawmaker Optimistic Congress Will Green Light Space Force 
National Defense 
The legislative proposal that the Defense Department recently provided to lawmakers to create a sixth branch of the armed forces focused on space is similar to a proposal that passed the House two years ago, Rep. Jim Cooper, D-Tenn., the chairman of the House Armed Services subcommittee on strategic forces, said during a space budget and policy conference at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, D.C.

How Nashville was saved from a 2010 flood repeat because of Lake Cumberland dam repairs.
Tennessean
The silver lining in all the rain clouds we have suffered in Middle Tennessee of late is that, without timely government action, the Cumberland River could have badly flooded Nashville, causing billions of dollars-worth of damage.

The GOP has abandoned fiscal discipline. Democrats shouldn’t follow suit
The Boston Globe
Fiscal discipline, says Democratic congressman Jim Cooper, is as “out of fashion as bell-bottoms.” The deficit hawk from Tennessee is right — and that’s a shame. Our federal budget deficit will be about $900 billion, or approximately 4.2 percent of gross domestic product, this fiscal year. Even with its rosy growth and spending scenarios, the Trump administration itself is now projecting a $1.1 trillion deficit in 2020 and trillion-dollar deficits for the following three years.
 
'We are in this together': Nashville vigil honors victims of New Zealand mosque shootings  
Tennessean
Hundreds of Tennesseans of all ages and faiths gathered Sunday in downtown Nashville to honor the victims of two New Zealand mosque shootings that claimed 50 lives in the country's deadliest shooting in modern history. The message during the Nashville vigil was clear: hate will not be tolerated and we must work together to promote peace.
 
Taylor Swift on 2020 Race: ‘Invoking Racism Is Not What I Want From Our Leaders’ 
Rolling Stone
Taylor Swift outlines her hopes for the 2020 election — and appears to blast President Trump — in a new Elle piece. Addressing her recent shift toward political candor, the singer-songwriter writes, “Invoking racism and provoking fear through thinly veiled messaging is not what I want from our leaders, and I realized that it actually is my responsibility to use my influence against that disgusting rhetoric.”

While Swift previously shied away from politics in interviews or on social media, she broke her silence by endorsing a pair of Tennessee Democrats — Senate candidate Phil Bredesen and House Representative Jim Cooper — in the November midterm elections. In the Elle feature, “30 Things I Learned Before Turning 30,” the pop star notes that she’s “finding [her] voice in terms of politics.”

 
9 Striking Moments From Michael Cohen’s Testimony 
The Atlantic
In his long-awaited testimony before the House Oversight and Reform Committee, Michael Cohen summed up his former employer this way: “I know what Mr. Trump is: He is a racist, he is a con man, and he is a cheat.”

The comment from President Donald Trump’s former lawyer and fixer was one of many striking moments in Wednesday’s hearing, Cohen’s first public appearance before Congress. His opening statement touched on the Russia investigation, Roger Stone’s connection to WikiLeaks, Cohen’s payoff of the adult-film star Stormy Daniels, and Trump’s very character itself. He also took hours of questions from lawmakers: Democrats focused their inquiries on the president’s conduct while Republicans zeroed in on Cohen’s record of previously lying to Congress.

 
Inside Politics: Congressman Jim Cooper 
NewsChannel 5
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) —It seems every week in Washington there are unprecedented developments and change, especially since President Donald Trump took office two years ago, and with a Democratic majority now elected to take over the U.S. House of Representatives. Nashville Congressman Jim Cooper is in the middle of it all. He’s our guest on Inside Politics.
 

Two Tennessee Congressmen offer ideas for avoiding future government shutdowns
Fox17
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WZTV) — Two Tennessee Congressmen are proposing legislation to keep the federal government from enduring another painful government shutdown."

Democrat Jim Cooper and freshman Republican Mark Green have proposed separate measures that they believe would keep the government open and remove the worry from federal workers that their paychecks will again become a bartering chip.

"It's called no budget, no pay. It's easy to shutdown someone else's part of the government, but if your own paycheck is affected, you're going to go slow about that," said Nashville representative Jim Cooper. "My colleagues in Congress want to be paid, and this time they were being paid despite the shutdown for other people, and that made it wrong."

Jim Cooper is fed up with Trump and Congress putting politics ahead of the American People | Plazas
The Tennessean
Cooper, a Harvard Law School graduate, is a Nashville native who was raised in Shelbyville. He is the son of a former governor, brother of an at-large Metro Council member, understands the urban-rural divide better than most and worries about the polarity in America.

Cooper made a comeback to Congress in 2002 and has been re-elected with wide margins ever since. Today, he represents the citizens of the 5th U.S. House District, which comprises Davidson, Dickson and most of Cheatham counties.