U.S. Congressman Jim Cooper said Congress took a big step toward restored fiscal discipline today by passing binding, common-sense "pay as you go" legislation. Cooper was an original co-sponsor of the legislation and had this to say about today's vote:
"Middle Tennessee families are tightening their belts and living on a budget. The Federal Government needs to do the same. PAYGO will tighten the federal government's belt, just as it did the last time we had balanced budgets in 1998, 1999 and 2000."
Cooper has long championed re-instatement of PAYGO policies and is the Vice Chairman of the Blue Dog Democratic Coalition's Budget Task Force.