Applauds removal of $100 million for political conventions
U.S. Senator Tom Coburn, M.D. (R-OK) released the following statement today regarding his vote against H.R. 1591, the emergency supplemental spending bill. Citing the billions of dollars in pork barrel spending and the defeatist troop withdrawal timeline, Dr. Coburn urged President Bush follow through with his threat to veto the bill.
"If senators truly believe the war is lost, they should do the honorable thing and vote to end funding for the war rather than pass an arbitrary timeline that does nothing but embolden our enemies and undermine the men and women risking their lives to protect us," Dr. Coburn said. "The Senate doesn't need 100 armchair generals micromanaging the war. Instead, senators should take up the difficult task for which they were elected and make decisions between competing spending priorities."
In addition to the troop timeline, the supplemental spending bill contained more than $20 billion in additional spending which President Bush did not request. However, the final spending bill did not include $100 million for security expenses at the Republican and Democratic presidential nominating committees. The Senate previously rejected an amendment from Dr. Coburn that would have stripped the convention funds from the supplemental spending bill.
"Congress shamefully continues to abuse its emergency spending rules. However, I'm encouraged my colleagues acknowledged that the presidential conventions, which have happened every four years since 1832, are not an unforeseen emergency that deserved special funding in a war supplemental," Dr. Coburn said.