Appointed to three subcommittees; top Democrat on panel that oversees nuclear arsenal
WASHINGTON – U.S. Rep. Jim Cooper (TN-05) today announced his appointment to three subcommittees within the House Armed Services Committee (HASC).
“America has the finest military in the history of the world, and it’s the first duty of government to keep it that way,” Cooper said. “It’s an honor to work on the Armed Services committee and focus on issues involving strategic weapons, counterterrorism and oversight.”
Previously a member of two HASC subcommittees, Cooper received a special waiver to join a third in the current Congress.
As the Ranking Member of the Strategic Forces Subcommittee, Cooper is responsible for overseeing America’s vast nuclear arsenal, as well as a $30 billion annual budget.
Cooper’s newest subcommittees include Emerging Threats and Capabilities, which provides oversight of the Pentagon’s $70 billion research and development budget. He’s also joining the Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee, which investigates allegations of waste, fraud and abuse within the Department of Defense.
The House Armed Services Committee is responsible for providing the common defense and general welfare of the United States. For the last 53 years, the committee has passed annual legislation to fund budgets and authorize policies for America’s armed forces.