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Dr. Coburn Urges White House to Veto Token Earmark Reform

Location: Washington, DC

Dr. Coburn Urges White House to Veto Token Earmark Reform

U.S. Senator Tom Coburn, M.D. (R-OK) today sent the following letter to OMB Director Rob Portman urging the White House to work constructively and aggressively with Congress as policymakers consider earmark reform legislation.


"… I'm convinced that the President's ongoing leadership in this area will be critical to ensuring that Congress produces something beyond token reform."

"… history suggests that Congress will pass just enough reform to claim it has achieved a ‘reformed process' before returning to the business as usual practices that voters rejected in November."

"… What is at stake is not merely Congress' reputation but our ability to put the federal government back on a sustainable fiscal course."


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