Elected to Congress, Not Parliament: Members of Congress vote with their political party 80 percent of the time. Members of Parliament vote with their party 95-plus percent of the time. During the past decade or two, more and more members have been voting the party line too much. When you do that, you donít need a brain; you need a leash.
The final days of the 112th Congress must deal with the economic emergency that we face. A balanced, bipartisan, 10-year deficit reduction plan must pass Congress, not just the House or Senate, very soon in order to save America.
If not now, when? If not us, who?
Rep. Jim Cooper, D-Tenn., is a member of the Armed Services and Oversight and Government Reform committees.
Vice President Joe Biden waits to conduct a mock swearing-in ceremony with Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, in the Capitol's Old Senate Chamber, December 2, 2014. Schatz was sworn in to serve the remainder of his term since he was appointed to the seat after Sen. Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii, passed away.