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Jim Cooper's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Office: U.S. House (TN) - District 5, Democratic
On The Ballot: Running, Democratic for U.S. House - District 5
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Jim Cooper has refused to provide voters with positions on key issues covered by the 2014 Political Courage Test, despite repeated requests. Jim Cooper is still welcome to submit the test at any time.

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Issue Positions

In response to the increasing unwillingness of candidates to answer issue questions, Project Vote Smart has researched Presidential and Congressional candidates' public records to determine candidates' likely responses on certain key issues. These issue positions, from the year 2014, are provided below as a courtesy to voters.

Unknown Position Unknown Answer Abortion: Do you generally support pro-choice or pro-life legislation? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Jim Cooper. HR 3. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Taxpayer Funding of Abortion. Jim Cooper voted Nay on 05/04/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • National Organization for Women. 04/18/2012. "On the votes used to calculate its ratings, the National Organization for Women attaches more value to those votes it considers more important. For 2008, the National Organization for Women gave Jim Cooper a rating of 100 percent." (votesmart.org)
  • Jim Cooper. HR 6099. 110th Congress. Abortion Pain Bill. Jim Cooper voted Nay on 12/06/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Jim Cooper. HR 670. 103th Congress. Abortion Counseling Bill. Jim Cooper voted Yea on 03/25/1993. (votesmart.org)
  • Jim Cooper. H Amdt 95. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Use of Federal Funds For Planned Parenthood. Jim Cooper voted Nay on 02/18/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Family Research Council. 04/18/2012. "Jim Cooper supported the interests of the Family Research Council 6 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Jim Cooper. HR 748. 109th Congress. Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act. Jim Cooper voted Yea on 04/27/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • National Right to Life Committee. 04/18/2012. "Jim Cooper supported the interests of the National Right to Life Committee 16 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Planned Parenthood. 04/18/2012. "Jim Cooper supported the interests of Planned Parenthood 71 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Jim Cooper. H Amdt 509. 111th Congress. Prohibiting Federally Funded Abortion Services. Jim Cooper voted Yea on 11/07/2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Jim Cooper. H AMDT 209. 109th Congress. Overseas Military Facilities Abortion Amendment. Jim Cooper voted Yea on 05/25/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • NARAL Pro-Choice America. 04/18/2012. "Jim Cooper supported the interests of the NARAL Pro-Choice America 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Jim Cooper. H Amdt 185. 103th Congress. Hyde Amendment. Jim Cooper voted Yea on 06/30/1993. (votesmart.org)
  • Jim Cooper. S 403. 110th Congress. Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act. Jim Cooper voted Yea on 09/26/2006. (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Budget: In order to balance the budget, do you support an income tax increase on any tax bracket? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • National Taxpayers Union. 04/18/2012. "Jim Cooper supported reasonable tax and spending policies as defined by the National Taxpayers Union 38 percent of the time in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Americans for Tax Reform. 04/18/2012. "Jim Cooper supported the interests of the Americans for Tax Reform 20 percent in 2007." (votesmart.org)
  • Jim Cooper. Cooper-LaTourette Budget Significantly to the Right of Simpson-Bowles Plan. 28 March 2012. “The key differences between the Cooper-LaTourette plan and the Simpson-Bowles commission plan are: Cooper-LaTourette contains $1 trillion less in revenue increases — it would raise revenues from tax reform by $1.2 trillion over the 2013-2022 period, compared to a “current policy” baseline that assumes all of the Bush tax cuts are made permanent. In contrast, the plan that a majority of the Simpson-Bowles commission approved would raise $2.2 trillion in revenues over the same period […] The revenue increase in the Cooper-LaTourette plan is $1.2 trillion relative to the current policy baseline over the 2013-2022 period. This is $1.0 trillion, or nearly 50 percent, smaller than the equivalent $2.2 trillion amount that original Simpson-Bowles would have achieved. Some proponents of the new plan may claim that the Simpson-Bowles plan and the Cooper-LaTourette plan both have about $1.2 trillion in revenue increases from tax reform. Any such claim would be deceptive. A $1.2 trillion increase from a baseline that assumes all of the Bush tax cuts are extended is not equivalent to an increase of $1.2 trillion for from a baseline that assumes that the Bush tax cuts for people with incomes above $250,000 expire. The difference, as noted, amounts to about $1 trillion.” (www.cbpp.org)
  • Jim Cooper. Tennessean: Cooper raises profile with bids to 'fix' Congress. 13 July 2012. “He said discussions about reforming the budget process have to genuinely put all options on the table to have any chance to succeed. To get lawmakers out of their partisan corners, tax increases and entitlement cuts have to be real possibilities.” (cooper.house.gov)
  • Citizens for Tax Justice. 04/18/2012. "Jim Cooper supported the interests of the Citizens for Tax Justice 75 percent in 2006." (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Jim Cooper. Video: Jim Cooper talks with WKRN's Bob Mueller. 10 January 2012. “A lot of folks don't realize that a lot of the government spending they are against actually benefits them personally.” (www.youtube.com)
  • The Club for Growth. 04/18/2012. "On the votes used to calculate its ratings, The Club for Growth attaches more value to those votes it considers more important. For 2010, The Club for Growth gave Jim Cooper a rating of 24 percent." (votesmart.org)
  • Jim Cooper. HR 5297. 112th Congress. Small Business Lending Fund and Tax Law Amendments. Jim Cooper voted Yea on 09/23/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Jim Cooper. HR 1424. 110th Congress. Financial Asset Purchase Authority and Tax Law Amendments. Jim Cooper voted Yea on 10/03/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Americans for Prosperity. 04/18/2012. "Jim Cooper supported the interests of the Americans for Prosperity 35 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Jim Cooper. COOPER JOINS PRESIDENT FOR PAYGO ANNOUNCEMENT. 13 January 2012. "President Obama inherited an economy in freefall and a $10.6 trillion national debt.  While short-term spending was necessary to get the economy moving again, it's now even more urgent that we get our fiscal house in order.  PAYGO is an important first step in that difficult process." (cooper.house.gov)
  • Jim Cooper. Video: 1 13 09 Cooper and Shuster Talk Stimulus MSNBC. 13 January 2009. “Blue Dogs support the Obama administration having a clean, tough, tight, temporary stimulus package, but lets not go beyond that and fill it with a lot of pork.” (www.youtube.com)
Yes Inferred Answer Education: Do you support requiring states to implement education reforms in order to be eligible for competitive federal grants? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Jim Cooper. Letter to Secretary Duncan. 29 July 2011. “We request that you review Tennessee's waiver request in an expedited manner, especially as the 2011-2012 school year rapidly approaches and decisions about the future of Tennessee schools cannot wait. We share your concern about the need and opportunity for Washington to support state-led innovation, rather than present a barrier or seek to codify a single 'right' answer for education reform, and hope that you will consider Tennessee's waiver request in that light.” (votesmart.org)
  • Jim Cooper. Tennessee Congressional Delegation Announces Support For Tennessee's Application For Race To The Top Program. 21 January 2010. “Tennessee's entire Congressional delegation has expressed support for the Tennessee Department of Education's application for the Race to the Top Assessment Program. In a letter to Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, the delegation members wrote, "We are writing in strong support of the Tennessee Department of Education's application for the Race to the Top Assessment Program. In utilizing these federal funds, Tennessee seeks to capitalize on its assets - a rich pool of data, a plan for revamped standards and assessments, increasing collaboration with high-tech firms and facilities, and an expanded charter school system. Tennessee's RTTT proposal builds upon these assets and will accelerate reforms necessary to support educational achievement and excellence."” (votesmart.org)
  • Jim Cooper. HR 1804. 104th Congress. Goals 2000: Educate America Act. Jim Cooper voted Yea on 03/23/1994. (votesmart.org)
  • Jim Cooper. Issue Position: Children & Families. 1 January 2011. “Every child, no matter where he or she lives, should have access to a high-quality education and an affordable higher education. This means supporting our teachers and principals by providing appropriate incentives for states and localities as they work to improve the unique education systems of their communities, and fully funding the programs we authorize. Tennessee has played a major role in education over the past year, and I am proud of the work that has been done. I am excited about the potential of charter schools and look forward to seeing them succeed in Middle Tennessee.” (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Energy: Do you support building the Keystone XL pipeline? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • vote: http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/44082#.VAtRoaCW1Kg (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Jim Cooper. ENERGY REFORM LEADS TO A SUSTAINABLE FUTURE . 3 April 2009. “One solution to stop global warming is 'cap and trade.' This is a system that sets limits on greenhouse gas emissions and creates a market where businesses can buy and sell the right to pollute. It uses market forces to reward efficient businesses instead of centralized bureaucratic control. We used this approach to reduce acid rain in the 1990s, and it has been remarkably successful.” (cooper.house.gov)
  • Environment America. 04/18/2012. "Jim Cooper supported the interests of Environment America 93 percent in 2009." (votesmart.org)
  • Jim Cooper. HR 2454. 111th Congress. Energy and Environmental Law Amendments ("Cap and Trade"). Jim Cooper voted Yea on 06/26/2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Sierra Club. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Sierra Club endorsed Jim Cooper in the 2006 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Sierra Club. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Sierra Club endorsed Jim Cooper in the 2004 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Jim Cooper. Issue Position: Energy and Environment. 1 January 2011. “Recently, I supported the American Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009. Though not perfect, I believe this bill is an important first step away from foreign oil and towards the clean energy solutions that can create thousands of jobs in Tennessee. The bill would reduce the deficit, provide families with thousands of dollars in energy savings, and eliminate the equivalent of pollution from 500 million cars. Moreover, this bill would set limits for the first time on the greenhouse gas emissions that pose risks to future generations.” (votesmart.org)
  • Jim Cooper. Energy & Environment. 13 January 2012. “We worked together across party lines to enact a law that would protect public health and the environment, as well as our economy. We were successful. Since 1970 the Clean Air Act has reduced key air pollutants by 60% while at the same time the economy grew by over 200%.” (cooper.house.gov)
  • Jim Cooper. Energy & Environment. 11 January 2012. “Protecting the environment is a duty we owe our children and grandchildren. I have one of the strongest environmental records in Congress and consistently receive high ratings from groups such as the League of Conservation Voters and the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy. I have long supported legislation to strengthen and protect the Endangered Species Act, cosponsored the Clean Water Protection Act, and continue to defend the Clean Air Act against partisan attacks. 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)
  • Southern Alliance for Clean Energy Action Fund. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Southern Alliance for Clean Energy Action Fund endorsed Jim Cooper in the 2008 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Sierra Club. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Sierra Club endorsed Jim Cooper in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • League of Conservation Voters. 04/18/2012. "Jim Cooper supported the interests of the League of Conservation Voters 90 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Southern Alliance for Clean Energy Action Fund. 04/18/2012. "Jim Cooper supported the interests of the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy Action Fund 80 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Sierra Club. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Sierra Club endorsed Jim Cooper in the 2002 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Jim Cooper. HR 910. 112th Congress. Energy Tax Prevention Act. Jim Cooper voted Nay on 04/07/2011. (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Guns: Do you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Jim Cooper. S 397. 109th Congress. Firearms Manufacturers Protection Bill. Jim Cooper voted Yea on 10/20/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • Jim Cooper. H AMDT 1156. 110th Congress. Trigger Lock Amendment. Jim Cooper voted Yea on 06/28/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Gun Owners of America. 04/18/2012. "In 2010 Gun Owners of America gave Jim Cooper a grade of 55." (votesmart.org)
  • Jim Cooper. HR 1025. 103th Congress. Brady Handgun Bill. Jim Cooper voted Yea on 11/10/1993. (votesmart.org)
  • Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. 04/18/2012. "Jim Cooper supported the interests of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence 0 percent from 1988-2003 (Senate) or 1991-2003 (House)." (votesmart.org)
  • Jim Cooper. H Amdt 390. 103th Congress. Instant Background Checks for Gun Purchase Amendment. Jim Cooper voted Yea on 11/10/1993. (votesmart.org)
  • Jim Cooper. HR 4296. 104th Congress. Regulation of Semi-Automatic Assault Weapons. Jim Cooper voted Nay on 05/05/1994. (votesmart.org)
  • Jim Cooper. HR 6842. 110th Congress. Repealing Portions of the D.C. Firearm Ban. Jim Cooper voted Yea on 09/17/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Jim Cooper. MSNBC “Hardball With Chris Matthews” - Transcript. 17 August 2009. “It's a free country, and under our Constitution, the 2nd Amendment is just as important as the 1st Amendment or any other amendment in our Bill of Rights.” (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Jim Cooper. HR 2. 112th Congress. Repealing the Health Care Bill. Jim Cooper voted Nay on 01/19/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Jim Cooper. Cooper to Vote Against Health Care Repeal. 19 January 2011. "For decades I have been saying that America needed to improve its health care system because it is unsustainable. Last year, I voted for reform because the legislation makes our system better. There are parts that I believe need to be changed, but we should work together to edit the bill, not repeal the bill. The repeal vote may be good political theater, but it won't fix the problems with our health care system." (votesmart.org)
  • Jim Cooper. Cooper's Floor Statement On Health Reform. 21 March 2010. “Having heard from tens of thousands of Middle Tennesseans on all sides of the issue (including the flood of messages in the last few days and hours), and having spent months studying the various bills, I know that America must improve its health care system because it is unsustainable. This legislation will make it better.” (votesmart.org)
  • Jim Cooper. Issue Position: Affordable Care Act- Health Reform. 1 January 2011. “I believe this bill will build a stronger, healthier America and invite you to read my op-ed from the Nashville Tennessean on my decision to vote in favor of the comprehensive health reform bill, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.” (votesmart.org)
  • Jim Cooper. New Pre-Existing Condition Insurance Plan Launched. 1 July 2010. “Congressman Jim Cooper (TN-05) urged Tennesseans with pre-existing medical conditions to sign up for health care insurance offered as part of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Created under the ACA, which passed into law in March, the Pre-Existing Condition Insurance Plan (PCIP) is available today.” (votesmart.org)
  • American Public Health Association. 04/18/2012. "Jim Cooper supported the interests of the American Public Health Association 80 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Immigration: Do you support requiring illegal immigrants to return to their country of origin before they are eligible for citizenship? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Jim Cooper. HR 5281. 112th Congress. DREAM Act. Jim Cooper voted Yea on 12/08/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Federation for American Immigration Reform. 04/18/2012. "Jim Cooper supported the interests of the Federation for American Immigration Reform 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Jim Cooper. HR 4437. 109th Congress. Border Security Bill. Jim Cooper voted Nay on 12/16/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • National Latino Congreso/William C. Velásquez Institute. 04/18/2012. "Jim Cooper supported the interests of National Latino Congreso/William C. Velásquez Institute 60 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Marriage: Do you support same-sex marriage? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Jim Cooper. HR 2965. 112th Congress. Don't Ask, Don't Tell Repeal Act. Jim Cooper voted Yea on 12/15/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Traditional Values Coalition. 04/18/2012. "Jim Cooper supported the interests of the Traditional Values Coalition 14 percent in 2006" (votesmart.org)
  • American Civil Liberties Union. 04/18/2012. "Jim Cooper supported the interests of the American Civil Liberties Union 77 percent in 2006." (votesmart.org)
  • Jim Cooper. HR 3685. 110th Congress. Sexual Orientation Employment Nondiscrimination Act (ENDA). Jim Cooper voted Yea on 11/07/2007. (votesmart.org)
  • Human Rights Campaign. 04/18/2012. "Jim Cooper supported the interests of the Human Rights Campaign 88 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Family Research Council. 04/18/2012. "Jim Cooper supported the interests of the Family Research Council 28 percent in 2006." (votesmart.org)
  • Jim Cooper. H J Res 88. 110th Congress. Same-Sex Marriage Resolution. Jim Cooper voted Yea on 07/18/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • American Family Association. 04/18/2012. "Jim Cooper supported the interests of the American Family Association 5 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer National Security: Do you support targeting suspected terrorists outside of official theaters of conflict? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Jim Cooper. Statement on Death of Osama bin Laden. 2 May 2011. "The death of Osama Bin Laden is a great victory in our fight against terrorism. I am thankful for all the brave men and women who fought tirelessly to help bring this man to justice. We will never forget the horrific attacks on 9/11, but hopefully this will bring some closure and comfort to those who lost loved ones nearly 10 years ago. This does not mark the end of our fight against evil, but it should serve as a warning to all those who choose to attack Americans. No matter how long it takes, no matter where you hide, we will find you and justice will be served." (votesmart.org)
  • Jim Cooper. U.S. Must Make Effort to Understand Conflict. 9 January 2008. “How can we understand Pakistan when neither U.S. nor Pakistani leaders tell the truth about our relationship? We praise democracy but prize the support of Pakistan's latest dictator, even when he invokes martial law. Musharraf arrests a few terrorists for us, but only to strengthen his hand at home. Musharraf's rivals, even Bhutto, offer little improvement. I think that we should disengage militarily from the entire region, not suddenly or imprudently but intelligently. Our enemies are eager to bog America down in Southwest Asia, all the way from Beirut to Kashmir. They know our patience is short and that their weapons are effective: suicide bombers, IEDs, radical mullahs and madrassas. With our troops already overstretched and U.S. popularity at all-time lows, we need a new approach.” (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Social Security: Do you support allowing individuals to divert a portion of their Social Security taxes into personal retirement accounts? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Alliance for Retired Americans. 04/18/2012. "Jim Cooper supported the interests of the Alliance for Retired Americans 89 percent in 2008." (votesmart.org)
  • Jim Cooper. Fixing Congress. 13 January 2013. “These vital entitlement programs are not, as politicians claim, sacred commitments, vested benefits, or even government promises: they are simply scheduled benefits that we do not know how to fund. Until we fix this disconnect between politics and reality, these programs are in jeopardy. The sooner we act to stabilize them, the more likely we are to save them. It will be painful, but we should be thankful we still have a little time.” (bostonreview.net)

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