U.S. Senator Tom Coburn, M.D. (R-OK) released the following statement today after the Senate defeated by a vote of 59 to 38 a sense of the Senate resolution declaring it is irresponsible for Congress to authorize new spending for programs that will result in borrowing from Social Security, Medicare, foreign nations or future generations of Americans and that Congress has a moral obligation to offset the cost of new government programs, initiatives and authorizations. The resolution asked for the Senate to pay for $40 million in new spending for court security by eliminating $40 million for other priorities.
"Every day, American families have to make tough choices between competing budget priorities. Unfortunately, by voting against this amendment, Congress has once again told the American people that it doesn't have to play by those rules and live within its means. The true culture of corruption in Congress is a corruption of our priorities and a belief that we can spend, and spend and spend without ever doing the hard work of eliminating the nearly $200 billion we waste every year," Dr. Coburn said.
"The American people are not getting the reform they voted for in November. If Congress won't wake up and deal with the reality that we are on an unsustainable course, I hope the public will continue to hold members of this body accountable," Dr. Coburn said.