Cooper Receives Non-Partisan Award for Budget ‘Courage’

Published Sep 21, 2012. By Blake Farmer. In Nashville Public Radio.

Rep. Jim Cooper received an award from the non-partisan Concord Coalition Thursday night for proposing the only budget plan to gain bi-partisan support in the current Congress.

 

The Nashville Democrat co-sponsored a budget based on recommendations from the Simpson-Bowles fiscal commission with Republican Steve LaTourette of Ohio. While bi-partisan, the plan received only 38 votes in the U.S. House.

The duo appeared on MSNBC Thursday saying they will re-introduce their budget bill after the November election.

“I’m hoping for bravery and wisdom. I hope we’ll avoid gridlock because that would be an accomplishment for this Congress. With a closer majority, we’ll have to reach out to the other party.”

Concord Coalition director Robert Bixby says it salutes the courage need for members of congress to face a “wide range of powerful special interests.”