Congressman Jim Cooper (TN-05) commented on the proposed recommendations by the Co-Chairs of the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform. Cooper was an early advocate for a fiscal commission and introduced the SAFE Commission Act (H.R. 1557) with Rep. Frank Wolf (R-VA) more than three years ago. The National Commission was modeled after the SAFE Commission Act.
"Is America ready for an adult conversation on the deficit? The public reaction to this proposal will be a good test. It is bitter medicine, but it could restore our fiscal health. There are other cures, but few politicians are willing to discuss them, because they don't taste any better. It's "put up or shut up" time. Congress should vote on this proposal and on any alternative measure that achieves the same deficit reduction. Every day we wait worsens our debt."