Jan 17, 2007
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C., Jan. 17---U.S. Congressman Jim Cooper's ninth term in Congress will be marked by strong oversight of the federal government as he adds a new committee assignment and new subcommittee assignments to his legislative portfolio.

In the 110 th Congress, Cooper will continue to serve on the House Committee on Armed Services and House Committee on the Budget. He will also rejoin the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, on which he served in 2003-2004. The Oversight and Government Reform Committee has broad jurisdiction to monitor and investigate all activities of the federal government.

In the Armed Services Committee, Cooper will serve on the newly formed Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee, the Terrorism, Unconventional Threats and Capabilities Subcommittee, and the Strategic Forces Subcommittee. In the Oversight and Government Reform Committee, Cooper will serve on the National Security and Foreign Affairs Subcommittee.

"Committee oversight is one of the most important jobs Congress does, and frankly, we haven't done much of it in recent years," Cooper said. "In all my work in the 110 th Congress, I will serve as a watchdog for taxpayers. Working with great chairmen like Ike Skelton, John Spratt, and Henry Waxman, I expect to uncover waste, fraud, and abuse, and then on a bipartisan basis, we will begin to solve the problems that cause them. We will make sure our soldiers are fully equipped to perform their missions, we will make sure the federal government is doing everything it can to protect America, and we will start to address the problem of runaway deficit spending before it's too late."

"I'm delighted Jim Cooper is back on the Committee," said Rep. Henry A. Waxman, Chairman of the Oversight and Government Reform Committee. "Jim's tremendous ability and his experience on the Armed Services Committee will enable him to make invaluable contributions both to the full Committee and the National Security and Foreign Affairs Subcommittee."

For his part, Cooper is excited to get down to business. "We have our work cut out for us in the 110 th Congress," he said. "This will be the Congress that reintroduces oversight and accountability to the federal government, and I will be there to ask hard questions and solve problems that affect all Americans."