COOPER PRAISES EARLY WORK OF 110TH CONGRESS
WASHINGTON, D.C., Jan. 5---U.S. Congressman Jim Cooper released the following statement at the end of the 110 th Congress' first two legislative days:
"I'm excited and honored to be a part of this history-making 110 th Congress. In little more than 12 hours, we elected the first female Speaker of the House and passed sweeping ethics reforms to get Congress back to work and back on track. Members will no longer be able to quietly tuck earmarks into bills; from now on, all members will sign our spending requests (as I've already done) and list them in an open and honest fashion. We are dismantling the revolving-door connection between the Capitol and lobbyist offices on K Street. And most importantly, we are starting to hold ourselves accountable by enacting ‘pay as you go' rules to shrink the deficit. No more writing checks we can't pay for.
"I'm particularly proud of the role my fellow Blue Dog Democrats and I have played in bringing about these changes. As House Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer said at a press conference with us today, ‘No one has worked harder than the Blue Dogs to sound the alarm on our dire fiscal course.' I'm encouraged that our new Democratic leadership is listening to voices of moderation and responsibility in our party. And I'm pleased to report that the Blue Dogs have grown to 44 members.
"All of these changes represent a first step in the right direction, but there's a lot more work to be done. The 110 th Congress will face tough decisions as we try to balance the federal budget while giving our troops all the resources they need. Our first two days of business have gotten us off to a good start, and I plan on working with members of both parties to solve problems and create opportunities for all Americans."