Congressman Jim Cooper

Representing the 5th District of Tennessee

Cooper Statement on Trump Budget Proposal

Mar 16, 2017
Press Release

WASHINGTON – U.S. Rep. Jim Cooper (TN-05) today issued the following statement on President Trump’s budget proposal:

“There are many problems with the Trump budget. It hurts our standing abroad, assumes climate change is a myth, puts our local art and music programs in jeopardy, and cuts after-school and affordable housing programs that Nashvillians need. It also omits Trump campaign priorities like jobs and infrastructure spending.

“And it would devastate medical research. NIH has funded more than $3 billion in research in Tennessee in the last decade. That funding helps local researchers who are fighting cancer, Alzheimer's, AIDS, obesity, diabetes and much more. Cutting today's research dollars will hamper tomorrow's treatments and cures.

“But ultimately Congress sets the budget, not the President. I hope the public will help Congress improve the budget so that it won't harm America.”