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August 12th, 2011
01:44 PM ET

Rep. Jim Cooper: Congress should return from vacation

On Wednesday, four conservative Democratic members of the House called on Congress to address the country's fiscal challenges by cutting their vacations short and returning to Capitol Hill, despite House Speaker John Boehner opposing the idea on a conference call with GOP members.

"Our fiscal and jobs situation is dire and both deserve the full and immediate attention of Congress," the members wrote. "We ask you to reconvene the House immediately, and show the American people and the financial markets that Congress can solve these big problems in a bipartisan fashion."

Representative Jim Cooper (D-Tenn.) is one of the lawmakers who wants Congress to return from summer recess. He joins Christine Romans on American Morning today to discuss the debt ceiling compromise and to weigh in on the budget "super committee."


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