U.S. Senator Tom Coburn, M.D. (R-OK) released the following statement after voting against a motion to advance the so-called Senate jobs bill, which passed by a margin of 62-30.
"This bill will create debt, not jobs. Congress continues to arrogantly assume bills such as this will create more jobs than if we let Americans families and businesses keep their own money. This is press release legislation for members of Congress who want to project empathy while avoiding the hard work of prioritizing spending and putting our nation on a sustainable course," Dr. Coburn said, noting that the bill borrows $47 billion over the next ten years without identifying any wasteful programs for elimination.
"If this bill were such a fantastic product, why did the Senate hold no hearings to examine its effects? No testimony or studies were offered to show how or if this bill will create jobs. Finally, the majority brought this bill to a vote without allowing any amendments. No business or family would make long-term decisions so cavalierly. The Senate should turn its attention to restraining spending and let American families and entrepreneurs decide how to best create jobs with their own money," Dr. Coburn said.