Dr. Coburn Applauds President Obama for Proposing Specific Spending Cuts
U.S. Senator Tom Coburn, M.D. (R-OK) released the following statement today regarding President Obama's pledge to cut 121 government programs that could save taxpayers $17 billion.
"President Obama's spending cuts are a serious first step toward changing the culture in Washington. American families have to make hard choices every day. So should politicians in Washington," Dr. Coburn said.
"These proposals must be followed by real action and enforcement by Congress and the White House. Many Presidents have proposed specific spending cuts, but nearly all have failed to carry through on their pledges. In these tough economic times, the perfect political moment for change and a new era of restraint is now. The American people loathe wasteful spending and will not forgive empty promises from either party," Dr. Coburn said.
"Majority Leader Reid and Speaker Pelosi should begin debating these specific spending cuts now, regardless of how imperfect or incomplete the President's list may be. In fact, congressional leaders should be embarrassed the President is doing the work they should have already done. Congress has the power of the purse and should not wait on President Obama to force them to exercise fiscal discipline and eliminate wasteful and duplicative programs. If members of Congress can find time to submit new earmark requests for special interests, they can certainly spend an afternoon debating and voting on this modest number of specific spending cuts," said Dr. Coburn, who has identified more than $300 billion in annual government waste.
"If Congress fails to act on these proposals, I would urge the President to veto the first appropriations bill that arrives on his desk. Otherwise, Congress will feel emboldened to ignore any further calls for restraint, as Congress has done under previous administrations," Dr. Coburn said.