Congressman Jim Cooper

Representing the 5th District of Tennessee
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Children and Families

Overview

From educating our children to promoting fair environments for working mothers, policies that strengthen our families are the most important investments we can make for the future of our country.

Education is the basis of a child’s future. We need to look at ways to improve outcomes of students and support teachers and staff who are committed to providing the best education possible. It was an honor to support Tennessee’s Race to the Top Grant in 2010. Through that federal investment, the state has made impressive gains in student achievement.  In 2013, Tennessee was the fastest improving state in the nation on the National Assessment for Educational Progress, and the state continues to maintain that progress.  But we still have more work to do to make sure every child has a chance at a good education.  I signed a letter of support for Tennessee’s winning Preschool Development Grant which would expand the number of pre-K seats in Nashville. Higher education is also important in our global society, and I support policies to help keep college affordable.  If you know someone considering college, encourage them to visit my Student Financial Aid Center.

Women are vital to today’s workforce, and we need to do a better job promoting equality in the workplace. Gender should never affect compensation; most Americans believe in equal pay for equal work and an honest day's pay for an honest day's work. Unfortunately, women today make only 77 cents for every dollar earned by men, and in some states the discrepancy is worse. Women and men need to be compensated fairly and equally. That's why I co-sponsored and voted for the Lily Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, which became law in 2009. I am also a cosponsor of both the Paycheck Fairness Act and the Equal Rights Amendment to help end discrimination in this country on the basis of gender, race and sexual orientation. I’m also a co-sponsor of the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act to ensure pregnant women are treated fairly on the job. This bill would allow common-sense accommodations so that pregnant workers can protect their families and not risk losing their jobs.

Another major challenge we face for the future is reforming our foster care system—a system that I believe is the most broken area of federal law. I’ve supported many bills and laws to improve outcomes in foster care. I’m also a long-time and current Advisory Board member of the Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute (CCAI). Though Congress has made some progress on these issues, it has been largely incremental. America’s abused and neglected children are our greatest national tragedy, and we need the ideas of a new generation of reformers to solve these serious problems. Middle Tennessee has some of the finest foster care and adoption advocates, and it’s an honor to recognize our local “Angels in Adoption” every year in Washington. I remain committed to work with our local “Angels” and my colleagues on foster care and adoption issues. 


Links & Additional Information

Savings and Ownership Caucus (New America Institute)

Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute

Head Start

TN Score


 

More on Children and Families

Jul 19, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON – U.S. Rep. Jim Cooper (TN-5) has cosponsored the Helping Overcome Trauma for Children Alone in Rear Seats (HOT CARS) Act, a critical bill for Tennessee that would prevent infants and toddlers from being killed or injured when unknowingly left behind in vehicles.

Jan 27, 2017 Press Release

NASHVILLE – U.S. Rep. Jim Cooper (TN-05) today announced his IssueWatch project, a twice-weekly online newsletter dedicated to Middle Tennesseans interested in important congressional updates and other major happenings in Washington.

Jan 25, 2017 Page

Knowledge is power, but it’s never been more important to stay informed. Sign-up for IssueWatch, a twice-weekly online newsletter dedicated to Middle Tennesseans interested in following important congressional news and other major happenings in Washington.

Apr 14, 2015 Press Release

WASHINGTON – U.S. Rep. Jim Cooper (TN-05) today recognized Equal Pay Day, pushing to close the persistent pay gap between women and men.

The timing of Equal Pay Day symbolizes when – more than three months into 2015 – women’s wages finally catch up with what men were paid in 2014. On average, women in America working year-round, full-time jobs still earn 78 cents for every dollar earned by men.

Sep 12, 2014 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Tomorrow, U.S. Rep. Jim Cooper (TN-5) will celebrate two decades since the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) became law on Sept. 13, 1994.

VAWA significantly strengthens the ability of the federal government, states, law enforcement and service providers to combat domestic violence and sexual assault.

“I’m a husband and father; I’m sickened that sexual assault and domestic violence exist in 2014,” Rep. Cooper said. “As the NFL has shown, so much work remains. We are failing, and we simply must do better.”

Jun 17, 2014 Press Release

WASHINGTON – U.S. Rep. Jim Cooper (TN-5) and U.S. Rep.

Jun 11, 2014 Page

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May 16, 2014 Press Release

WASHINGTON -U.S. Representative Jim Cooper (TN-5) joined 172 of his colleagues in sending a letter commemorating the 60th Anniversary of the historic Brown v. Board of Education decision that marked the end of segregation in schools.

Apr 8, 2014 Press Release

WASHINGTON — U.S. Rep. Jim Cooper expressed support on Equal Pay Day for passing the critical Paycheck Fairness Act and closing the wage gap that still exists between women and men.

The Paycheck Fairness Act strengthens and closes loopholes in the 1963 Equal Pay Act. It provides effective remedies to women who are not being paid equal pay for equal work.

Mar 6, 2014 Press Release

WASHINGTON — U.S. Rep. Jim Cooper announced today that he is cosponsoring legislation that would address an alarming increase in military sexual assaults by moving the response to such crimes outside the chain of command.