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Jim Cooper's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Office: U.S. House (TN) - District 5, Democratic


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Jim Cooper has failed to provide voters with positions on key issues covered by the 2018 Political Courage Test, despite repeated requests from Vote Smart and voters like you.

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Issue Positions

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  • "Voting rights, marriage equality, and the rights of women to make their own health decisions are among the issues that are key to progress in our state and our country." (www.cooperforcongress.com)
  • Rated 100% by NARAl Pro-Choice America in 2014 (votesmart.org)
  • "As a Member of the Ways and Means Committee, I am proud to take their message with me to Washington as we continue to work towards a fairer, flatter, and simpler tax code." (votesmart.org)
  • "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." (votesmart.org)
  • Despite exhaustive research, Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
  • "I've also supported a balanced budget amendment, voted for across-the-board spending cuts and worked to reinstate 'pay-as-you-go' rules into law." (cooper.house.gov)
  • "The Cooper-LaTourette budget would trim the deficit by more than $4 trillion over the next 10 years, and replace the infamous, across-the-board sequestration cuts with a comprehensive, balanced plan for deficit reduction. It would put America's debt-to-GDP ratio on a downward trajectory, decreasing to 67.9 percent in 2022." (votesmart.org)
  • "Everyone likes tax cuts, but the Republican tax bill gives most of them to Scrooge, not Bob Cratchit. This bill increases the deficit dramatically, keeps the tax code complicated, prioritizes corporations over people, and even threatens Social Security and Medicare," Rep. Cooper said. "The vast majority of Americans don't like it, and with good reason. Reagan-era tax reform was very different; this Trump bill is not an echo of that reform but a craven Christmas present to the most powerful lobbyists in Washington. Trump promised to help everyday Americans but this bill fails to do that." (votesmart.org)
  • Voted Nay on HR 1 "Tax Cuts and Jobs Act" (votesmart.org)
  • "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." (votesmart.org)
  • "Cooper presented Murphey with a certificate and announced that he would co-sponsor the renewable energy bill she asked him to support in her letter. […] The bill would allow the federal government to lease public land for wind and solar development. Fifty percent of the money received by the federal government would go to states and counties where the project is located, 25 percent toward a conservation fund, 15 percent for permit processing and 10 percent to federal deficit reduction." (cooper.house.gov)
  • "Right here in Tennessee, we already know first-hand how alternative energy solutions can create jobs and boost local economies. Companies like Wacker Chemie AG, Shoals Technology Group, and Nissan have invested across the state in solar power technology, electric automobiles, and advanced batteries." (cooper.house.gov)
  • "My advocacy of cap-and-trade goes back to 1990, when I helped craft an amendment to the Clean Air Act that dramatically reduced acid rain." (cooper.house.gov)
  • "The President is generally on the right track. We need background checks and we need to keep weapons of war off our streets and out of our schools and workplaces. Armor-piercing bullets and large-capacity magazines are also deeply troubling. We also need to do more to improve mental health and reduce violence in the media. Bottom line: We are obligated to defend the right to bear arms, while also doing a better job of keeping our children and our families safe." (votesmart.org)
  • "Nashville woke up to devastating news. We mourn the innocent victims and thank our brave first responders," Rep. Cooper said. "Many will say now is not the time to discuss change. But now IS the time. We can and must do everything possible to prevent these tragedies and keep Americans safe. That starts with restricting widespread civilian access to military-grade assault weapons." (votesmart.org)
  • "Gun violence has affected constituents in every Congressional district, and as their representatives, Members of Congress deserve the opportunity to vote on bills that would address this epidemic." (votesmart.org)
  • "In 2010, I voted for a comprehensive health care reform bill, the Affordable Care Act, to provide better care and lower costs over time." (cooper.house.gov)
  • "We need to improve Obamacare, but those who voted for the reconciliation bill were hoping for a presidential veto." (votesmart.org)
  • "Jim teaches health policy at Vanderbilt, and voted for President Obama’s health care law. He believes that all Tennesseans should have the same access to health coverage that he and his family have." (www.cooperforcongress.com)
  • Despite exhaustive research, Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
  • "In 2010, I voted for the DREAM Act which also a part of the Senate proposal, because I believe that those young people who are willing to serve in our military and get an education should be encouraged to pursue the American dream of citizenship. They came to America through no fault of their own; many are now top students, hard workers and brave soldiers. America needs their talent." (votesmart.org)
  • Despite exhaustive research, Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
  • "The ongoing implementation of the Joint Plan of Action agreed to by Iran and the "P5+1" nations last November increases the possibility of a comprehensive and verifiable international agreement. We understand that there is no assurance of success and that, if talks break down or Iran reneges on pledges it made in the interim agreement, Congress may be compelled to act as it has in the past by enacting additional sanctions legislation. At present, however, we believe that Congress must give diplomacy a chance. A bill or resolution that risks fracturing our international coalition or, worse yet, undermining our credibility in future negotiations and jeopardizing hard-won progress toward a verifiable final agreement, must be avoided." (votesmart.org)
  • "The Iran deal was much better than President Trump thinks. He is making a big mistake by withdrawing from it. This will further isolate America from our allies and provoke even more trouble in the Middle East." (twitter.com)
  • Despite exhaustive research, Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.

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