Congressman Jim Cooper (TN-05) released the following statement on the potential federal government shutdown:
"Congress should be able to cut spending without shutting down the government. Regardless of what happens in Washington, I am working hard to make sure that everyone in the Nashville area gets the service they need. No member of Congress should get paid during a shutdown."
Cooper's office has put together an information sheet on how a government shutdown will affect Middle Tennesseans. The information is posted on his website. Regardless of what happens over the next few days, both the downtown Nashville office and Cooper's Washington, DC office will be open during normal business hours, and staff will continue working to serve the needs of all Middle Tennesseans.
Last week, Cooper joined with 26 colleagues in a letter to Speaker John Boehner asking him to stop Members' from being paid during a government shutdown.