Dr. Coburn Praises President Bush's Call for Fiscal Restraint
Urges President to Veto Wasteful Spending Bills
U.S. Senator Tom Coburn, M.D. (R-OK) released the following statement today praising President Bush's call for fiscal restraint and urging him to use his veto power to hold Congress accountable.
"Members of Congress needed to hear the kind of admonishment on spending President Bush offered today. By calling for real cuts in spending to help pay for an emergency, the president delivered a message that resonates in every part of America, but not always in Congress."
"I am continuing to work with my colleagues on an offsets package that will help accomplish the President's goals. I hope to work closely with the President, administration officials and Senate leaders throughout this process. The President's remarks gave this effort a significant boost and should reassure the public that some elected officials understand that the federal government needs to tighten its belt in a time of national need."
"However, I would encourage the President to back up his goals with a pledge to veto wasteful spending bills. Unfortunately, veto threats are the only way to rein in a body that lacks the political will, courage and discipline to restrain spending."