Defense and Armed Services
We have the greatest military in the history of the world. My job is to keep it that way. Providing for our servicemembers and their families is extremely important, and I will continue to support legislation that maintains their readiness and health. It's an honor to serve on the House Armed Services Committee, where we work on issues involving our national security. I'm the Chairman of the Subcommittee on Strategic Forces which oversees the country’s nuclear arsenal and space programs.
I believe that a world without nuclear weapons is safer for everyone. But nuclear weapons do exist, and it is also true that our strategic arsenal and the threat to use them help prevent conflicts. Unless we are the strongest nation on earth – and that means nuclear weapons – we won’t have a nuclear deterrent, which means they will never be used. This deterrent is critical to keeping crazy leaders with access to nuclear weaponry or biological or chemical weapons in check. Keeping the world safe is a heavy responsibility for us, but America is the beacon of freedom and hope for the entire world.
I have long been a proponent of forming a Space Corps along with my colleague Mike Rogers (R-AL). Now that the US Space Force has stood up, it is critical that we in Congress continue to oversee its implementation to ensure we are good stewards of taxpayer dollars. Maintaining space superiority while minimizing bureaucracy and keeping the force agile are critical objectives for this nascent branch of the military.
We can never repay our veterans. They deserve the benefits they have earned. I have supported keeping TRICARE copays and payments low and increasing benefits. I was one of the first members of Congress to call for an investigation of long waiting lists and rogue employees at veterans’ hospitals. My office also has a long track record of cutting through the red tape to help veterans get the benefits they have earned. Call my office anytime and we will do everything we can to help you.
"Our military deserves better."
From our active duty troops and Members of the Guard and Reserve to the veterans who have served our nation, my job is to support our Armed Services and keep our military strong. It's an honor to serve on the House Armed Services Committee and work on issues involving our national security. I'm currently the Ranking Member on the Subcommittee on Strategic Forces which oversees our nation's strategic weapons, ballistic missile defense, space programs, and Department of Energy national security programs.
We must ensure that our Armed Forces remain one of the finest militaries in the world, while making strategic reductions in defense spending that will not jeopardize our nation's security. I've worked on defense acquisition reform for years and even authored a report in 2009 about this issue. I have voted to strip funding for projects like the F-35 alternate jet engine and the V-22 Osprey that the Defense Department didn't want.
It's important to keep in mind that the Pentagon already faces more cuts than any other federal agency or program. It must shoulder half of the entire cuts from sequestration, plus another $500 billion in already scheduled cuts. If Congress does not replace these cuts, we must at least give the Pentagon the flexibilty to manage these cuts responsibly and lessen the impact on national security. That's why I joined with House Budget Chairman Paul Ryan (WI-1) to introduce the Defense Flexibility Act.
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He also announced that Cheryl Mayes, his Director of Finance and Operations, will become the District Director of the Nashville office.
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NASHVILLE – Today Rep. Jim Cooper (TN-05) commended President Joe Biden’s executive actions to end gun violence by saying: “President Biden’s actions today will undoubtedly save lives, especially here in Middle Tennessee where our governor just signed a bill to allow the carrying of firearms without a permit,” Rep. Cooper said. “The House passed expanded background check bills last month that we still need the Senate to bring up for a vote.”
NASHVILLE – Today Rep. Jim Cooper (TN-05) was appointed by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence.
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NASHVILLE – Yesterday Rep. Jim Cooper (TN-05) along with Tennessee’s two U.S. Senators Lamar Alexander and Marsha Blackburn, sent a letter to President Trump asking him to approve Governor Bill Lee’s disaster declaration for Tennessee.
WASHINGTON – Rep. Jim Cooper (TN-05) today introduced an amendment to permit the Old Hickory Dam and Cordell Hull Dam, both upstream of Nashville, to include flood risk management as one of their authorized purposes.
“Nashville was hit hard by a devastating flood a decade ago,” Rep. Jim Cooper said. “By allowing the Old Hickory and Cordell Hull dams to be used for flood risk management we mitigate the chance of future flooding.”
NASHVILLE – At a press conference this morning, Rep. Jim Cooper announced how CARES Act funds were allocated in Davidson, Dickson, and Cheatham Counties. The $2.5 trillion CARES Act is the largest relief bill in U.S. history. It was signed into law in March but there has been little transparency on how funds were distributed within congressional districts despite congressional efforts to monitor the funds.
NASHVILLE – Rep. Jim Cooper, Chairman of the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Strategic Forces, and Rep. Adam Smith, Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee today issued the following statement in response to the Trump Administration’s plans to withdraw from the Open Skies Treaty:
NASHVILLE – U.S. Rep. Jim Cooper (TN-05) released the following statement about the Health and Economic Recovery Omnibus Emergency Solutions (HEROES) Act, H.R. 6800, which is expected to pass the House tonight: