Congressman Jim Cooper

Representing the 5th District of Tennessee
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Cooper Named Fiscal Hero

May 28, 2014
Press Release
Exclusive Group Scrutinizes Nation’s Finances

WASHINGTON – The Campaign to Fix the Debt recently named U.S. Rep. Jim Cooper (TN-5) one of 13 “fiscal heroes” in the House of Representatives for his longtime commitment to solving America’s financial problems.

“We have to get serious about our national debt or we could permanently damage our country,” Cooper said. “Even Admiral Mike Mullen has said our debt is the biggest threat facing America.”

Called everything from “the House’s conscience” to “Mr. Fiscal Responsibility,” Cooper has been a budget hawk for decades, engineering pivotal bills that have changed the way Congress does business.

Recent examples include No Budget, No Pay, a bill that prohibits members of Congress from getting paid if it can’t pass a budget. Additionally, the House this year unanimously passed Cooper’s Taxpayers’ Right to Know Act, which requires a review of all federal agencies and eliminates duplicative and overlapping government programs.

Cooper is the only Tennessean among the House’s fiscal heroes. According to the Campaign to Fix the Debt, fiscal heroes distinguish themselves “by taking fiscally responsible votes, pushing their party leaders to make debt a priority and leading bipartisan efforts to work through policy options to fix the debt.”

“These Members have, in a variety of ways, played a leadership role in focusing national attention on the pressing issue of the debt and have been working to forge credible solutions," said Maya MacGuineas, head of the Campaign to Fix the Debt. "They are Democrats, Republicans and Independents. They all share a recognition that we will need to take a comprehensive approach to address the core drivers of the debt, and they are willing to confront the policy challenges of coming up with solutions.”