114th Congress House Democrat Tennessee
Last Updated on: 07/01/16  

Rep. Jim Cooper


Rep. Jim Cooper

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VOTES (9 of 44)

KEYSTONE XL PIPELINE ACT The 1,200 mile pipeline, which enjoys broad bipartisan support, would transport 380,000 barrels of oil daily from Alberta, Canada to the Gulf Coast and would create an estimated 15,000 jobs. The State Department conducted numerous reviews of the project's environmental impacts on soil, wetlands, water resources, vegetation, fish, wildlife, and endangered species and repeatedly confirmed it would be safe. Yes Yes
Amnesty-Stopping DHS Appropriations Bill When President Obama took action to, as he said "change the law", the outcry from Congress was widespread. Republicans and Democrats alike took issue with the President on the process and the policy. The half-measures and strongly worded statements that followed have been insufficient given the magnitude of the challenge. The only way Congress can retain its constitutional authority — and fight for hardworking Americans all across the country — is to swiftly deny funding and resources for the program. Yes No
NO TAXPAYER FUNDING FOR ABORTION The House voted on the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion and Abortion Insurance Full Disclosure Act of 2015 (H.R. 7). The bill, sponsored by Rep. Christopher Smith (R-NJ), would establish a permanent, government-wide prohibition on federal taxpayer funding of abortion and health benefits plans that include coverage of abortion, as well as prevent federal tax dollars from being entangled in abortion coverage under Obamacare. Yes No
FULL REPEAL OF OBAMACARE This vote would fully repeal of Obamacare. This is an important, but not sufficient vote: it forms the beginning of a multi-month effort that should culminate with the House and Senate using the reconciliation process to send a bill that fully repeals Obamacare to the President’s desk. Yes No
DHS FUNDING BILL AS AMENDED BY THE SENATE The House voted on the Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act (H.R. 240), as amended by the Senate. The Senate amendment, offered by Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) removed essential language included by the House. As amended, H.R. 240 does nothing to prevent the President Obama's unconstitutional amnesty. No Yes
AMTRAK REAUTHORIZATION Introduced by Rep. Bill Shuster (R-PA), Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-OR), Rep. Jeffrey Denham (R-CA), and Rep. Michael Capuano (D-MA), the Passenger Rail Reform and Investment Act of 2015 (H.R. 749) authorizes $7.2 billion in spending for Amtrak and other rail programs through 2019 and claims to make numerous reforms, though those reforms are suspect. No Yes
TABLE SENATE AMENDMENT TO DHS FUNDING The House voted to table the Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act (H.R. 240), as amended by the Senate, after the bill had been brought to the floor via House Rule 22. The Senate amendment, offered by Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) removed essential language included by the House. As amended, H.R. 240 does nothing to prevent the President Obama's unconstitutional amnesty. A vote against tabling the bill was an affirmative vote in favor of the legislation. Yes No
RE-AUTHORIZE DISCRIMINATORY HOUSING PRACTICES IN HAWAII The House voted on the Native American Housing Assistance and Self-Determination Reauthorization Act of 2015 (H.R. 360). Introduced by Rep. Steve Pearce (R-NM), the bill would reauthorize the Native American Housing Assistance and Self-Determination Act of 1996. In doing so, it would re-authorize the discriminatory housing policies implemented in Hawaii by the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands. No Yes
RSC BLUEPRINT FOR A BALANCED BUDGET The House voted on the Fiscal Year 2016 Budget offered by the Republican Study Committee. The RSC's Blueprint for a Balanced Budget, introduced by Rep. Marlin Stutzman (R-IN) and Rep. Bill Flores (R-TX), would balance in six years, reduce non-defense discretionary spending, reestablish national defense spending to support the military, repeal and replace Obamacare, reform Medicare and Medicaid, safeguard Social Security, and enact pro-growth tax reform. Yes No
$500 BILLION DOC FIX DEAL The House voted on the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (H.R. 2). The bill, negotiated by Rep. John Boehner (R-OH) and Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), would permanently repeal Medicare's Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) while making some small-scale reforms to the entitlement program and extending other programs such as the Clinton-era Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP). The package will likely increase America's debt by $500 billion over the next two decades. No No
DEATH TAX REPEAL ACT This bill would repeal the estate and generation-skipping transfer taxes, as well as cut the top gift tax rate. Collectively, these measures repeal the pernicious double tax known as the “death tax,” and result in a tax cut of $269 billion over 10 years, according to the Joint Committee on Taxation (JCT). Yes No
KING AMENDMENT TO STOP DAVIS-BACON An amendment offered by Steve King (R-IA) to the FY16 Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations Act (H.R. 2029). The amendment would prohibit any funds in the Act from being used to carry out Davis-Bacon wage requirements. Yes No
HICE AMENDMENT TO STOP ABUSES OF “OFFICIAL TIME” The amendment would prohibit any funds in the act from going to pay federal employees for union activities. Yes No
HUDSON AMENDMENT TO TAKE DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY SPENDING DOWN TO 2008 LEVELS The amendment would take spending back to pre-stimulus FY 2008 levels with an across the board cut of 11.2 percent. The cuts would not apply to defense accounts. Yes No
DISAPPROVAL RESOLUTION OF DC’S ABORTION BILL The House is voted on a disapproval resolution (H.J. Res. 43) related to the Reproductive Health Non-Discrimination Amendment Act of 2014, which was passed by the District of Columbia Council in January. Introduced by Diane Black (R-TN), the resolution would ensure pro-life individuals and organizations in the District of Columbia would not be forced to violate their religious beliefs or organizational missions. Yes No
PAIN-CAPABLE UNBORN CHILD PROTECTION ACT This legislation will protect unborn children by preventing abortions five months after fertilization, at which time scientific evidence suggests the child can feel pain. Yes No
REMOVE AMNESTY FROM NDAA Introduced by Rep. Mo Brooks (R-AL) and 31 additional members, the amendment would strip language added to the Nation Defense Authorization Act during the committee markup by Rep. Ruben Gallego (D-AZ) that would encourage the Pentagon to consider allowing deferred action for child arrivals (DACA) recipients to enlist in the military. Yes No
REDUCE NUMBER OF AIRCRAFT CARRIERS Introduced by Rep. Jared Polis (D-CO), the amendment would reduce “from 11 to 10 the statutory requirement for the number of operational carriers that the U.S. Navy must have.” No No
MCCLINTOCK AMENDMENT TO ELIMINATE ESSENTIAL AIR SERVICES PROGRAM An amendment offered by Rep. Tom McClintock (R-CA) to the FY 16 Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act (H.R. 2577) would save $155 million by eliminating funding for the Essential Air Services (EAS) program. Yes Yes
TRANSPORTATION, HOUSING, URBAN DEVELOPMENT APPROPRIATIONS The House will vote on the FY16 Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act (H.R. 2577). The bill, commonly referred to at T-HUD, provides $55.3 billion in discretionary budget authority, which is a $1.5 billion increase above the current funding. No No
TRADE ADJUSTMENT ASSISTANCE H.R. 1314 combines President Obama’s request for fast track authority or Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) with a stimulus-level extension of the Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) program. The vote for this bill was spilt into two parts, one on TAA, and the other on TPA. No Yes
TRADE PROMOTIONAL AUTHORITY H.R. 1314 combines President Obama’s request for fast track authority or Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) with a stimulus-level extension of the Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) program. The vote for this bill was spilt into two parts, one on TAA and the other on TPA. No Yes
A-PLUS AMENDMENT TO STUDENT SUCCESS ACT (H.R. 5) An amendment offered by Rep. Mark Walker (R-NC) and Rep. Ron DeSantis (R-FL) to the Student Success Act (H.R. 5). The amendment, known as A-PLUS, would give the states the ability to escape No Child Left Behind’s prescriptive programmatic requirements, consolidate their federal education funds and use them for any lawful education purpose they deem beneficial. Yes No
21ST CENTURY CURES ACT (H.R. 6) The House will consider the 21st Century Cures Act (H.R. 6). Sponsored by Rep. Fred Upton (R-MI) and Rep. Diana DeGette (D-CO), the bill would create a new mandatory funding stream outside the Budget Control Act (BCA) caps and make a number of changes to the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). No Yes
REINS ACT OF 2015 (H.R. 427) The House is scheduled to vote on the Regulations from the Executive in Need of Scrutiny Act of 2015 (H.R. 427) This bill would increase accountability for and transparency in the federal regulatory process by requiring Congress to approve all new major regulations. Yes No
CONTINUING RESOLUTION THAT FUNDS PLANNED PARENTHOOD (H.R. 719) The House will vote to consider the Senate-passed continuing resolution (CR) that will fund the government’s discretionary operations until December 11, 2015. That bill will also continue taxpayer funding of Planned Parenthood, an organization that will commit more than 70,000 abortions between now and December 11. Planned Parenthood has been accused of manipulating abortion procedures to secure higher prices for the sale of baby parts from aborted children. No Yes
AMASH AMENDMENT TO STRIKE $500 MILLION LABOR BUYOFF The House voted on an amendment offered by Rep. Justin Amash (R-MI) to H.R. 702, a bill that would lift the decades-old embargo on exporting crude oil. A new, stealthily added provision to the bill would “increase the annual operating stipend for the 60 ship Maritime Security Fleet.” The Amash Amendment would strike that provision, which has caused a good bill to become entangled in corporate welfare and a $500 million labor union buyoff. Yes No
SCHOLARSHIPS FOR OPPORTUNITY AND RESULTS (SOAR) ACT (H.R. 10) The House will vote to reauthorize the Scholarships for Opportunity and Results (SOAR) Act (H.R. 10). The bill would continue funding through Fiscal Year 2021 and allow eligible students in Washington, D.C. to enroll in a participating private school. Yes No
HOUSE BUDGET RECONCILIATION BILL THAT DID NOT REPEAL OBAMACARE The Restoring Americans’ Healthcare Freedom Reconciliation Act (H.R. 3762) would not restore Americans’ health care freedom because it leaves the main pillars of Obamacare in place, nor would it actually defund abortion giant Planned Parenthood. This bill violates an explicit promise made in the budget, which “affirm[ed] the use of reconciliation for the sole purpose of repealing the President’s job-killing health care law.” No No
SAVING THE NOW-DEFUNCT EXPORT-IMPORT BANK (H.R. 597) The House will vote on a bill to resurrect the now-defunct Export-Import Bank (H.R. 597). The bill, introduced by Rep. Stephen Fincher (R-TN), will come to the floor because Fincher worked directly with Rep. Steny Hoyer (D-MD) to bypass the Financial Services Committee and the Rules Committee. Forty-two House Republicans joined every House Democrat in signing the discharge petition. No Yes
BIPARTISAN BUDGET AGREEMENT OF 2015 (H.R. 1314) The House will vote on the Bipartisan Budget Agreement of 2015 (H.R. 1314). The agreement negotiated by President Obama and outgoing Speaker John is essentially two bills merged into one: a clean suspension of the debt limit until March 2017 equal to roughly $1.5 trillion and a $112 billion spending increase that busts the heralded 2011 budget caps for the next two years. Combined, the package represents the very worst of Washington – a last minute deal that increases spending and debt under the auspices of fiscal responsibility. No Yes
HIGHWAY-TRANSIT BAILOUT AND EXPORT-IMPORT BANK REAUTHORIZATION (H.R. 22) The gimmicky procedure concocted by the House Rules Committee gave members two opportunities to stop the advancement of a $325 billion highway and transit bill that also provided for the reauthorization of the defunct Export-Import Bank. Representatives voting no on either “agreeing to the amendments en gros” or “the motion to go to conference” would have prevented H.R. 22 from advancing through the legislative process. No Yes
FED OVERSIGHT REFORM AND MODERNIZATION ACT (H.R. 3189) The House will vote on the Fed Oversight Reform and Modernization Act of 2015 (H.R. 3189). The bill, introduced by Rep. Bill Huizenga (R-MI), would make several important policy changes to improve America’s monetary policy. Yes No
NO CHILD LEFT BEHIND REAUTHORIZATION (S. 1177) The House will vote on the conference report for S. 1177, the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). This long sought-after revision of No Child Left Behind (NCLB) falls well short in rolling back federal intervention in education, and in many ways represents a step backwards for conservative education policy. No Yes
BARTON AMENDMENT TO LIFT EMBARGO ON CRUDE OIL EXPORTS The House will vote on an amendment offered by Rep. Joe Barton (R-TX) to H.R. 8, the North American Energy Security and Infrastructure Act of 2015. The amendment would contain much of the policies of the previous House-passed bill, H.R. 702, but importantly would leave out that bill’s $500 million labor union buy-out program. Yes Yes
TRANSPORTATION SPENDING HIKE, BAILOUT, AND EX-IM REAUTHORIZATION BILL (H.R. 22) The House will vote on the conference report for H.R. 22, the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act. The bill would spend more on highways than either the House or Senate-passed bills, and would finance that increased funding almost exclusively with embarrassing budget gimmicks. No Yes
$1.1 TRILLION YEAR-END OMNIBUS SPENDING BILL The House will vote on the year-end omnibus spending bill, formally known as the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2016. No Yes
EMAIL PRIVACY ACT (H.R. 699) Introduced by Rep. Kevin Yoder (R-KS) and cosponsored by over 190 Republicans, this bill would update the Email Communications Privacy Act (ECPA) by bringing privacy protection standards for electronic communications into the 21st Century. Yes Yes
AMENDMENTS TO HOUSE NDAA The House will vote on an amendment by Rep. Ken Buck (R-CO) 100% to H.R. 4909, the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2017. The amendment would prohibit funding for the renewable energy mandate at DOD and prohibit the Secretary of Defense from purchasing alternative energy unless it is equivalent to conventional energy in terms of cost and capability. Yes No
HOUSE’S FY17 ENERGY & WATER APPROPRIATIONS BILL (H.R. 5055) The House is will vote on H.R. 5055 the FY 2017 Energy & Water Appropriations bill. No No
MALONEY ANTI-RELIGIOUS FREEDOM AMENDMENT The Maloney Amendment would ratify President Obama’s 2014 executive order barring federal contractors from what it describes as “discrimination” on the basis of “sexual orientation and gender identity” in their private employment policies. In practice, it would have required federal contractors to grant biologically male employees who identify as women unfettered access to women’s lockers, showers, and bathrooms. No Yes
PUERTO RICO OVERSIGHT, MANAGEMENT AND ECONOMIC STABILITY ACT (H.R. 5278) The House considered H.R. 5278, the Puerto Rico Oversight, Management, and Economic Stability Act (PROMESA), which attempts to address Puerto Rico’s current debt crisis. No Yes
Sanford Freedom in Footwear Amendment The House voted on an amendment by Rep. Mark Sanford (R-SC) to H.R. 5293, the Department of Defense Appropriations Act of 2017. This amendment would prevent section 808 of the House passed NDAA from going into effect by withholding funding. Section 808 was added during the HASC markup en bloc after being offered by Rep. Niki Tsongas (D-MA). Yes No
Gosar Anti-DACA Amendment The House voted on an amendment by Rep. Paul Gosar (R-AZ) to H.R. 5293, the Department of Defense Appropriations Act of 2017. The amendment would prohibit funds from being used to extend the expiration of, or reissue a new expiration date to, the Military Accessions Vital to National Interest (MAVNI) program. Yes No
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END THE EXPORT/IMPORT BANK The U.S. Export-Import Bank’s charter is scheduled to expire on June 30, 2015, at which point the taxpayer-backed bank will begin winding down its operations. Because there is no House vote scheduled before the bank’s expiration, Heritage Action will reward members publicly opposed to the bank’s reauthorization with a favorable key vote on the legislative scorecard. Yes No
THE FIRST AMENDMENT DEFENSE ACT The First Amendment Defense Act (H.R. 2802), introduced by Rep. Raul Labrador (R-ID), would prevent the federal government from discriminating against any individual or group, whether nonprofit or for-profit, based on their beliefs that marriage is the union of a man and woman or that sexual relations are reserved for marriage. That protection would extend to tax policy, employment, licensing, accreditation, contracting and grants. Yes No
Transportation Empowerment Act (H.R. 2716) The Transportation Empowerment Act (H.R. 2716), introduced by Rep. Ron DeSantis (R-FL), would turn back control of the federal highway program (including transit) to the states by incrementally decreasing the federal gas tax and the size of the federal program, and in turn empower the states to fund and manage their transportation programs and priorities—not those of Washington bureaucrats or influential lobbyists. Yes No
EMPLOYEE RIGHTS ACT (H.R. 3222) The Employee Rights Act (H.R. 3222), introduced by Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-UT) and House Budget Committee Chairman Tom Price (R-GA), would protect workers from union pressure by putting power in the hands of employees and making union leaders more accountable to their members. As the Heritage Foundation notes, if union bosses “were angels, such changes would be unnecessary” but “since they are not” new protections are necessary. Yes No
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