Cooper in the News

Space Force prospects 'could hardly be brighter,' says Democrat on Armed Services Committee  
The Washington Examiner
March 20, 2019
A Democratic backer of the 2017 attempt to create a Space Corps predicts President Trump’s Space Force proposal will easily clear the House Armed Services Committee and stands a good chance of winning wider congressional approval.
“I think the prospects could hardly be brighter,” Tennessee Rep. Jim Cooper said Wednesday at a forum on space sponsored by the Center for Strategic and International Studies. “I think we're on a path here to achieve everyone's goals, which is first, you know, greater capability for our country.”

Key Lawmaker Optimistic Congress Will Green Light Space Force 
National Defense 
March 20, 2019
There is a good chance Congress will authorize the creation of a new space force for the military, one of President Donald Trump's signature initiatives, an influential Democratic lawmaker said March 20.
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 Tennessean
March 18, 2019
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.
Is it news when nothing bad happens? I think so because we always need to be prepared, and to be thankful when we are.

The GOP has abandoned fiscal discipline. Democrats shouldn’t follow suit
The Boston Globe
March 18, 2019
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  
The Tennessean
March 17, 2019
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.
Our leaders show no political will when it comes to controlling deficit  
York Dispatch
March 15, 2019
It's hard to believe, but less than two decades ago, in 2001, the United States had a budget surplus.
Back then, however, the budget was considered an actual financial document, not a symbolic political statement.
In the years since, however, the idea of a balanced U.S. budget has become a quaint notion from a bygone era. Today, the budget is mostly used to score political points.
HASC Chairman: Trump's Space Force proposal 'too expensive' 
Space News
March 13, 2019
WASHINGTON - The Defense Department last month put forth a plan for establishing a Space Force as the sixth branch of the armed forces. Congress in due time will counter with its own Space Force proposal, said House Armed Services Committee Chairman Adam Smith (D-Wash.).
Speaking on Wednesday at a defense industry conference hosted by McAleese & Associates, Smith said he could not imagine that the Space Force as proposed by the White House "is going to pass."
Taylor Swift on 2020 Race: ‘Invoking Racism Is Not What I Want From Our Leaders’ 
Rolling Stone
March 6, 2019
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.”

Industry praises renewed government efforts to address truck driver shortage 
DC Velocity
March 5, 2019
Trade associations are hopeful as Congress reintroduces the DRIVE-Safe Act, aimed at expanding the pool of available talent for open truck driver positions.
Logistics and transportation industry leaders are applauding the reintroduction of a bill aimed at easing the nation's shortage of truck drivers.
The DRIVE-Safe Act was reintroduced February 26 by 14 Republicans and Democrats in the House and Senate, and trade association leaders say they are hopeful strong bipartisan support will help push the measure forward this year. The bill aims to lift age restrictions that prevent drivers from crossing state lines and to improve safety and training through a rigorous apprenticeship program, proponents said. The DRIVE acronym stands for Developing Responsible Individuals for a Vibrant Economy.
9 Striking Moments From Michael Cohen’s Testimony 
The Atlantic
February 27, 2019
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.
February 11, 2019
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
February 4, 2019
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
January 25, 2019
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.