Congress is broken and in desperate need of reform. That’s why I spend a lot of time focusing on efforts to bring change to Washington.
In 2008, I was the first Congressman to join the “Change Congress” movement. In 2011, I was invited to deliver a speech on “Fixing Congress." Recently, I discussed making Congress work on PBS's national program "Need to Know” and MSNBC's Daily Rundown.
We are making progress with the passage of the STOCK Act to prevent insider trading. I've introduced other bills like “No Budget, No Pay” and “Stop Pay for Members” to hold Congress accountable for not doing its job.
Work will continue with groups like No Labels, a nonpartisan citizen group working to fix our broken government, and the bipartisan Fix Congress Now Caucus, recently formed to advance reform efforts in the House. Republicans and Democrats need to work together, in a civil manner, to find constructive solutions. America is the greatest nation in history, and we need to restore faith in our government.
October 11, 2012 Cooper Named Problem-Solver by No Labels
September 17, 2012 Cooper First to Sign "No Lobbying" Pledge
August 2, 2012 AP Video: As Congress Leaves, a Cry for a Fix
July 26, 2012 The Atlantic: How to Get Congress on Good Behavior
July 13, 2012 Tennessean: Cooper Raises Profile with bids to "fix" Congress
June 22, 2012COOPER TALKS ABOUT CONGRESSIONAL REFORM ON MSNBC
May 16, 2012COOPER LAUNCHES BIPARTISAN FIX CONGRESS NOW CAUCUS
April 17, 2012REP. COOPER INTRODUCES BIPARTISAN LEGISLATION TO PREVENT DUPLICATION
April 02, 2012USA TODAY EDITORIAL: 38 MEMBERS OF CONGRESS FIND COURAGE TO DO THE RIGHT THING
March 22, 2012THE HILL OP-ED: CONGRESS IS IN NEED OF STRONG MEDICINE
March 08, 2012THE ATLANTIC: OUTDATED LAWS AND SUBSIDIES HOW DID IT GET SO BAD?
January 05, 2012 MSNBC: COOPER TALKS ABOUT NO BUDGET, NO PAY AND WHY CONGRESS IS SO UNPOPULAR
December 12, 2011COOPER ON PBS - "NEED TO KNOW" - MAKING CONGRESS WORK
October 25, 2011CNN: BIPARTISAN GROUP ASKS SUPER COMMITTEE TO GO BIG
September 16, 2011COOPER, BLUE DOGS URGE JOINT COMMITTEE MEMBERS TO WORK TOGETHER TO CUT THE DEFICIT BY $4 TRILLION OVER 10 YEARS
September 06, 2011NYT COLUMNIST NOCERA CALLS COOPER "THE LAST MODERATE"
August 10, 2011TENNESSEAN OP-ED: 'SUPER-COMMITTEE' ISN'T BEST HOPE; AMERICANS ARE
August 06, 2011CNN: COOPER ON DEBT, SUPER COMMITTEE & CONGRESS GETTING BACK TO WORK
August 04, 2011COOPER URGES SPEAKER TO BRING CONGRESS BACK TO SESSION
July 21, 2011COOPER TO INTRODUCE STOP PAY FOR MEMBERS ACT
July 14, 2011 COOPER URGES COLLEAGUES TO USE CIVILITY
April 20, 2011THE ATLANTIC: "THE BUDGET CASSANDRAS HAVE THEIR DAY"
February 10, 2011COOPER INTRODUCES BIPARTISAN LEGISLATION TO CUT GOVERNMENT WASTE
January 27, 2011 - COOPER SPEAKS ON "FIXING CONGRESS" AT HARVARD'S CENTER FOR ETHICS
November 16, 2010COOPER ON EARMARKS BAN