COOPER CALLS ON SUPER COMMITTEE TO 'GO BIG'
November 2, 2011
100 House members urging $4 trillion in deficit reduction over 10 years
WASHINGTON – U.S. Congressman Jim Cooper (TN-05) is urging the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction to “Go Big” in addressing the nation’s long-term deficit. Cooper is one of 100 House Democrats and Republicans who sent a letter to the so-called “Super Committee” on Wednesday asking for at least $4 trillion in deficit reduction over the next 10 years.
“We’re asking members of the super committee to be brave and put everything on the table,” Cooper said. “It’s time to get serious about our deficit, and $4 trillion is the least we should do to stop our runaway debt.”
The letter calls on Committee members to consider all options for reducing the deficit.
“To succeed, all options for mandatory and discretionary spending and revenues must be on the table,” the letter reads. “In addition, we know from other bipartisan frameworks that a target of some $4 trillion in deficit reduction is necessary to stabilize our debt as a share of the economy and assure America’s fiscal well-being.”
On Tuesday, Cooper joined U.S. Rep. Reid Ribble on CNN’s American Morning to discuss the bipartisan effort. A longtime advocate, Cooper has consistently supported efforts to vote on bipartisan debt plans and has authored legislation to establish a bipartisan fiscal commission.