Dr. Coburn Says Taxpayers Deserve a Full and Open Debate on Reid's Omnibus Spending Bill
U.S. Senator Tom Coburn, M.D. (R-OK) released the following statement today after using a rarely-used procedural tool to force the Senate to hold a full and open debate on a package of spending bills Majority Leader Harry Reid's (D-NV) wants the Senate to pass in secret with no debate, no amendment and no recorded vote.
"I'm disappointed Majority Leader Reid's latest spending bill will do nothing to lower gas prices or reduce our dependence on foreign oil. I'm also disappointed the Majority Leader continues to defend the reckless congressional culture that says Congress doesn't have to set priorities and live within its means like every American family," Dr. Coburn said.
"Our economy is on an unsustainable course. Congress' refusal to come to grips with this reality is undermining international confidence in the dollar and contributing to rising prices at the pump. I make no apologies for trying to force this body to pay for new programs with spending offsets from lower priority programs. This government wastes nearly $300 billion every year through waste, fraud and duplication. The suggestion that Senators can't identify any spending offsets in our budget is laughable to ordinary Americans," Dr. Coburn said.
"I hope the Majority Leader will agree to restore the Senate tradition of open debate. Until he does, I will use every procedural tool at my disposal to force this body to conduct open debate and live within its means. While I regret that Senator Reid believes I am standing against a majority of my colleagues, he should be more concerned that 91 percent of all Americans are standing against the Senate," Dr. Coburn said, referring to Congress' all-time-low nine percent approval rating.