Cooper in the News

Voter Registration Groups Could Soon Be Fined If They Submit Incomplete Applications
A new measure in the Tennessee General Assembly would open people or organizations that submit incomplete voter registration forms to fines.

Voting Rights Organizations Prepare for Pushback Against Registration Restrictions
Nashville Scene
A Republican-backed bill advancing in the state legislature would create a lengthy set of new requirements for groups conducting voter registration drives, and create criminal and financial penalties for being out of compliance. In a statement last week, Nashville Congressman Jim Cooper called the regulations "a new poll tax."

Unrig Summit: democracy movement takes flight in Nashville | Opinion
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.
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  
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
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.