“In a time of national crisis like this, I think we have to put that issue aside because it's a smaller issue,” Cooper said of the disagreement over a package of tax extenders.
Cooper said many of his fellow members have been on an emotional roller coaster trying to decide how to vote on the plan.
“Privately, I had a lot of people very emotional about it, very upset,” Cooper told the paper. “It's the hardest issue a representative faces. Do you owe your constituents slavish obedience or your best judgment? And in complex situations that are data-driven, I think you owe them your best judgment. Because we get to see some things they can't see.”