Jim Cooper has been called everything from "Mr. Fiscal Responsibility" to the "Cassandra of Democratic deficit hawks." He is a prolific writer and commenter on the federal budget, including writing a forward to The Financial Report of the United States.
Jim believes that taming the deficit is the single most important issue facing America today. As a leader of the fiscally conservative Blue Dog Coalition, Jim pushes his colleagues to face up to the federal government's long-term budget crisis.
In addition to being a long-time supporter of pay-as-you-go budgeting, Jim introduced legislation to create a bipartisan commission to recommend deficit reduction and force Congress to vote on their package. The President recently created a commission modeled after Jim's bill.