U.S. Senator Tom Coburn, M.D. (R-OK) released the following statement today regarding Majority Leader Reid's plan to start consideration of a $60 billion supplemental defense spending bill as early as this week.
"This bill will be an important test of whether politicians in Washington are ready to listen to the American people and do their job of budgeting. It's clear that if members of Congress are not in the mood to live within our means they will be replaced with people who will," Dr. Coburn said.
"The emergency designation of this bill is a farce designed to evade budget rules that require Congress to pay for new spending. By definition, emergency spending must be unforeseen. The last day war funding was unforeseen was September 10, 2001. Yet, for the past nine years both parties have enabled the other's desire to avoid hard choices," Dr. Coburn said, adding that he is preparing amendments offsetting the costs of the bill.
"As currently written, this bill is for the politicians, not the troops," Dr. Coburn said. "This legislation is designed to bail out career politicians who want to avoid the hard work of prioritizing spending. No soldier serving overseas wants to come home to see the freedom they fought for eroded by a Congress that is willing to spend our way to bankruptcy."
"Congress' failure to pay for war supplemental bills in the past in no way justifies a similar failure today. Republicans and Democrats have played games with war spending for years but it is time to stop. It's time for Congress to do the right thing for the country and our troops and pass a bill that is paid for," Dr. Coburn said.