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Senate Passes Debt Bill, Not Jobs Bill


Location: Washington, DC

U.S. Senator Tom Coburn, M.D. (R-OK) released the following statement after voting against the so-called Senate jobs bill, which passed by a vote of 70 to 28.

"This bill is designed to preserve the jobs of Members of Congress, not to help out-of-work Americans. Little is known about what the results of this bill will be because there was not one hearing or amendment about what the legislation will do. Less than two weeks after PAYGO, which requires all new spending to be offset, was signed into law, Washington politicians proved they cannot curb their spending addiction. Congress decided it would be too hard to find a single wasteful government program to cut and, instead, charged more than $12 billion to future generations.

"These kinds of budget gimmicks would send any businessman to prison, but in Washington it is common practice to hide the true costs from taxpayers. Congressional leaders promised to reduce the debt this year, but so far have shown no appetite for making the same tough choices American families are being forced to make. This bill proves that we have earned our 10 percent approval rating," Dr. Coburn said.

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