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  • Ex-Sen. Tom Coburn Slams 'Cruz Effect' For Creating False Hopes About Congress

    10/19/2015 7:09:21 AM PDT · by ManHunter · 28 replies
    Newsmax ^ | 16 October 2015 | Todd Beamon
    Former Oklahoma Sen. Tom Coburn slammed what he called "the Cruz effect" ó saying Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz's rhetoric and the Texas senator's inability to follow through on his promises have caused great disenchantment among Americans toward Congress. "I call it 'the Cruz effect,'" Coburn, a Republican who retired last year after 20 years in the Senate, told Sirius XM host Pete Dominick on Thursday. The interview was reported by BuzzFeed News. "When you tell people you can accomplish something that you can't ó for example, shutting down the government over the Affordable Care Act," Coburn said. "When, in...
  • Sen. Tom Coburn: Dept. of Homeland Security Failing Five Main Missions

    01/04/2015 6:56:04 PM PST · by george76 · 23 replies
    Sharyl Attkisson ^ | January 3, 2015 | Sharyl Attkisson
    On his way out of the door, his final day as a U.S. Senator, Tom Coburn (R-Oklahoma) released a blistering oversight report that finds the federal Department of Homeland Security (DHS) isnít ďsuccessfully executing any of its five main missions.Ē Coburnís criticisms include, but also predate, the Obama administration. Among the key findings: ∑ DHS spent $50 billion over the past eleven years on counterterrorism programs but cannot demonstrate if the nation is more secure as a result. ∑ 700 miles of the Southern border remain unsecured. ∑ DHS is not effectively administering or enforcing the nationís immigration laws. Only...
  • Only some civil disobedience is tolerable to the media

    11/20/2014 7:10:14 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    Hot Air ^ | November 20, 2014 | Jazz Shaw
    Much hay is being made in the media about an offhand comment made by Senator Tom Coburn yesterday, when he speculated that national anger over executive amnesty could result in acts of protest. Oklahoma Sen. Tom Coburn warns there could be not only a political firestorm but acts of civil disobedience and even violence in reaction to President Obamaís executive order on immigration Thursday. ďThe countryís going to go nuts, because theyíre going to see it as a move outside the authority of the president, and itís going to be a very serious situation,Ē Coburn said on Capital Download. ďYouíre...
  • Coburn: 'For $8M, We Can Put them All on a First-Class Seat Back to Their Homes'

    07/09/2014 11:13:25 AM PDT · by BlatherNaut · 45 replies ^ | 7/9/14 | Susan Jones
    On the same day President Obama asked Congress for $3.7 billion dollars to deal with the crisis at the Southwest border, Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) called it "the wrong approach." "Look, for $8 million, we can put them all on a first-class seat back to their homes. That's $8 million. That's a first-class seat, one way, to each of their homes," Coburn told CNN's "Crossfire" on Tuesday. "That's $60,000 per child that we're going to spend, in emergency money. Can we -- first of all, that shows just how incompetent we -- we can't do that for $3(000) or $4,000...
  • GOP picks Lankford for open Oklahoma Senate seat

    06/24/2014 7:45:38 PM PDT · by kingattax · 28 replies
    Yahoo/AP ^ | 6-24-14 | SEAN MURPHY
    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) ó Two-term U.S. Rep. James Lankford emerged from a crowded primary field Tuesday to win the Republican nomination for Oklahoma's open U.S. Senate seat, avoiding a runoff despite a well-funded challenge from a tea party-backed candidate. By getting more than 50 percent of the vote, the 46-year-old Lankford advances to face the Democratic nominee and one independent in November. The seat became open when GOP U.S. Sen. Tom Coburn announced in January he planned to step down with two years remaining on his term following a recurrence of prostate cancer.
  • Tom Coburn rips outside conservative groups

    06/16/2014 5:58:49 PM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 12 replies
    Politico ^ | BURGESS EVERETT
    Retiring Sen. Tom Coburn lashed out at outside groupsí ads attacking Rep. James Lankford in the Oklahoma GOP primary to replace him next year, calling them untruthful and representative of politics in its ďvery worst form.Ē Coburn singled out negative ads by Senate Conservatives Fund and Oklahomans for a Conservative Future aimed at boosting the candidacy of tea party darling T.W. Shannon, the former state House speaker whoís drawn the support of national conservatives like Sarah Palin and Sens. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and Mike Lee (R-Utah).
  • Harry Reid dismisses cancer patient Tom Coburnīs Obamacare concern

    04/01/2014 2:11:53 PM PDT · by Nachum · 22 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 4/1/15 | Joel Gehrke
    Republican Sen. Tom Coburn of Oklahoma is battling cancer and will retire at the end of his term.... When Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla., pointed out that the majority of cancer centers in the country arenīt covered under Obamacare while arguing that the lawīs problems go beyond early website issues, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., dismissed the critique as too "in the weeds." Coburn, a medical doctor battling cancer, panned the coverage offered to cancer patients. "Nineteen of the cancer centers in this country, only five are covered under Obamacare," he told the Washington Examiner Tuesday, a data point he
  • SCF endorses T.W. Shannon for U.S. Senate in Oklahoma.

    03/27/2014 2:22:03 PM PDT · by T Ruth · 9 replies
    Senate Conservatives Fund ^ | 3/27/14 | Matt Hoskins
    SCF endorses T.W. Shannon for U.S. Senate in Oklahoma. Fellow Conservatives: We are very proud to announce our support today for T.W. Shannon (R-OK) who is running for the U.S. Senate in Oklahoma. T.W. Shannon (R-OK)As many of you know, U.S. Senator Tom Coburn (R-OK) is retiring at the end of the year. Congressman Jim Bridenstine (R-OK) decided not to run for the seat, but T.W. Shannon has stepped forward for conservatives. T.W. Shannon is the former Speaker of the House in the Oklahoma legislature. He was elected by his Republican colleagues as the youngest and first African American House...
  • Krugman calls senatorís cancer story Ďgarbageí

    01/29/2014 3:41:35 PM PST · by TurboZamboni · 43 replies
    daily caller ^ | 1-29-14 | Chuck Ross
    New York Times columnist and Nobel laureate economist Paul Krugman is questioning Oklahoma Republican Sen. Tom Coburnís claim that Obamacare caused him to lose his cancer specialist. ďItís a garbage story, it really is,Ē said Krugman in a back-and-forth with former House Speaker Newt Gingrich on CNN after the State of the Union on Tuesday. Coburn, who announced earlier this month that heíll resign from office at the end of the year as he battles his fourth bout with cancer, told MSNBCís ďMorning JoeĒ that his oncologist was no longer covered under his health care plan.
  • Former US Rep. Dan Boren Considers Run For Tom Coburn's Senate Seat

    01/21/2014 11:23:11 AM PST · by OKSooner · 40 replies
    Channel 6 Tulsa / Channel 9 Oklahoma City ^ | 1-21-2014 | Channel 9 Oklahoma City
    OKLAHOMA CITY - Oklahoma Democratic Party chairman Wallace Collins says former U.S. Rep. Dan Boren is considering running for Tom Coburn's U.S. Senate seat. Boren served four terms as a U.S. Congressman then went on to work for the Chickasaw Nation as president of their corporate development department. Boren was the state's only Democratic member of Congress, serving the 2nd District.
  • Lankford to run for Coburn's Senate seat [Oklahoma House Speaker T.W. Shannon gets nods to run]

    01/20/2014 3:46:16 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 36 replies
    The Hill ^ | January 19, 2014 | Alexandra Jaffe
    Just days after Sen. Tom Coburnís (R-Okla.) announcement that heíll retire at the end of the year, the race to replace him began to settle with Rep. James Lankford (R) expected to announce his decision to run at a Monday-afternoon press conference, sources tell The Hill. Rep. Tom Cole (R) announced in a Sunday-night press release that he will not run, citing his seniority in the House. The stateís attorney general, Scott Pruitt (R), also announced in a Sunday Facebook post he wonít run. The decisions of Rep. Jim Bridenstine (R) and Oklahoma House Speaker T.W. Shannon still remain unclear....
  • Oklahoma? Jim Bridenstine. Okay?

    01/19/2014 3:56:46 PM PST · by cotton1706 · 5 replies ^ | 1/19/14 | Erick Erickson
    To answer the question that keeps invading my vacation in the form of tweets, Facebook messages, texts, and emails ó Congressman Jim Bridenstine. Jim is the guy I would support in an instant to replace Senator Coburn in Okalahoma. I donít know whether he is running or not, but conservatives would be insane to not draft him into the race. In fact, I think conservatives should draft him, rally around him, and let the establishment be the side divided behind multiple candidates. When Coburn ran for the Senate in 2004, the establishment rallied behind his opponent in the primary. Coburn...
  • Okla. Sen. Coburn to retire after current session

    01/16/2014 8:09:12 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 64 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 16, 2014 11:02 PM EST | Sean Murphy
    U.S. Sen. Tom Coburn will finish out the current congressional session and then resign from his seat nearly two years before his term is scheduled to end, he said in a statement released late Thursday. [Ö] Coburn, a physician from Muskogee, recently was diagnosed with a recurrence of prostate cancer, but said his decision was not about his health. Ö
  • Confirmation for No. 2 Homeland Security Job Moves Ahead (in dead of night vote)

    12/19/2013 6:09:23 PM PST · by ReleaseTheHounds · 10 replies
    Washington Post ^ | Dec 19, 2013 | Tom Hamburger
    Democrats on the Senate Homeland Security Committee have decided to push ahead with confirmation of President Obamaís nominee for the No. 2 job at the Department of Homeland Security amid objections from Republicans. GOP members on the panel see the move as an effort by Democrats to rush the approval of a controversial nominee by taking advantage of new Senate rules. Last month, the Senate adopted procedures that allow confirmation of presidential nominees by a majority vote instead of the 60 votes required in the past... Sen. Tom Coburn (Okla.), the ranking Republican on the Homeland Security Committee, called the...
  • WASTEBOOK 2013

    12/17/2013 3:30:08 PM PST · by LeoWindhorse · 12 replies ^ | Dec 17, 2013 | Sen Tom Coburn
    Coburn Releases Annual Wastebook Highlighting Most Egregious Spending of 2013
  • Oklahoma Sen. Tom Coburn talks cancer, health care, leaving Congress

    12/02/2013 4:17:15 AM PST · by Texas Fossil · 9 replies
    News OK ^ | November 24, 2013 | Chris Casteel
    Coburn says he has a rare type of prostate cancer and that he has given a lot of thought to whether he wants to stay in the Senate for the next three years. Q: The safety net would be for people with pre-existing conditions ... A: Or people who are very, very poor. And so you create a safety net. That's a function of government that it can do, but it can't be managed from Washington. You know Oklahoma could run Medicaid a whole lot better than they're running it now if we get the (federal) government out of it....
  • Coburn: DHS nominee Johnson used cribbed answers for confirmation hearing (Crib notes)

    11/13/2013 7:40:10 PM PST · by Beave Meister · 16 replies
    Fox News ^ | 11/13/2013 | Catherine Herridge, Chad Pergram and Joseph Weber
    The Obama administration was accused Wednesday of providing cribbed answers to 23 questions in the form the Senate received for the hearing of its nominee to lead the Department of Homeland Security -- as the nominee also ran into criticism from one senator who said he won't vote for him unless he makes a major border security pledge. Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., got into a heated exchange with nominee Jeh Johnson, pressing him to commit to boost border security to 90 percent effectiveness. Johnson did not make the pledge. McCain said he, then, could not support his nomination. That was...
  • Sen. Tom Coburn diagnosed with prostate cancer

    11/05/2013 11:18:02 AM PST · by rightwingintelligentsia · 38 replies
    FoxNews ^ | November 5, 2013
    WASHINGTON Ė Oklahoma Republican Sen. Tom Coburn has been diagnosed with a recurrence of prostate cancer and is seeking treatment. A spokesman says Coburn, a survivor of a 2011 bout with the disease, is "undergoing further evaluation and treatment." Coburn has battled colon cancer and melanoma in the past.
  • Coburn: National Park Service for wasteful spending while parks themselves fall into disrepair

    11/01/2013 9:15:43 AM PDT · by george76 · 11 replies
    Fox News ^ | October 30, 2013 | Doug McKelway
    Taxpayers shell out $52,000 a year to maintain the home of Black History Month founder Carter Woodson. Yet the tiny, dilapidated row house in northwest Washington D.C., with a "No Trespassing" sign and iron bars blocking the front door and windows hasnít seen a visitor in the seven years since the National Park Service bought it for $2.1 million and designated it a National Historic Site. Senator Tom Coburn, R-Okla.,points to the house as one tiny symbol in a sea of dysfunction in the National Park Service. The Service, with its comparatively small budget, is, he says, a microcosm for...
  • Sunday Morning Talk Show Thread 20 October 2013

    10/20/2013 5:22:37 AM PDT · by Alas Babylon! · 144 replies
    Various driveby media television networks ^ | 20 October 2013 | Various Self-Serving Politicians and Big Media Screaming Faces
    The Talk Shows October 20th, 2013 Guests to be interviewed today on major television talk shows: FOX NEWS SUNDAY (Fox Network): Sens. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., Dick Durbin, D-Ill., and Roy Blunt, R-Mo.MEET THE PRESS (NBC): Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu; Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew; Sens. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., and Tom Coburn, R-Okla.FACE THE NATION (CBS): Sens. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., and Mark Warner, D-Va. THIS WEEK (ABC): Rep. Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif.; Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas; former Gov. Jeb Bush, R-Fla.STATE OF THE UNION (CNN): Cruz; Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz.
  • Tom Coburn: Wait, Iím a RINO now because I disagree with Ted Cruz on tactics?

    09/26/2013 4:51:12 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 51 replies
    Hotair ^ | 09/26/2013 | AllahPundit
    Alternate headline: ‚ÄúRINO surprised to discover he‚Äôs a RINO.‚ÄĚ No, no, kidding. It‚Äôs a testament to how much goodwill Coburn has earned with grassroots righties that he remains a minor player in the RINO/true conservative squabble over defunding despite having been one of the first big-name Republicans to publicly criticize Cruz‚Äôs tactics. Or maybe I‚Äôm wrong and he‚Äôs simply being ignored because a more attractive target for right-wing wrath has inserted himself into this. Coburn gets a pass vis-a-vis McCain, I think, not just because of differences in their record but because Coburn takes no obvious personal pleasure in rebuking...
  • Tom Coburn to MSNBC: ĎIím No Longer a Conservativeí According to Ted Cruz

    09/26/2013 6:25:33 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 91 replies
    Mediaite ^ | 9/26/13 | Evan McMurry
    On Morning Joe Thursday morning, Senator Tom Coburn (R-OK) tepidly praised Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) for his symbolic filibuster, before severely criticizing his ďintellectually dishonestĒ tactics to defund ObamaCare that Coburn said were misleading Republican voters. ďIím finishing up nine years in the Senate,Ē Coburn said. ďNobody has a higher conservative rating than I do. Iím now no longer a conservative according to the standards that have been set by the expectation of this process.Ē ďIím getting all sorts of e-mails from people that supported me, because they have been misled about whatís possible.Ē Coburn said. ďDo people not think...
  • Sen. Coburn: Cruzís ploy was dishonest (RINO CDS continues)

    09/26/2013 6:10:33 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 69 replies
    PMSNBC ^ | 9/26/13 | Jane C. Timm
    Oklahoma Republican Sen. Tom Coburn criticized Texasí Sen. Ted Cruz for misleading the American people over Obamacare. ďTo create the impression that we can actually defund Obamacare, when the only thing we control, and barely, is the House of Representatives, is not intellectually honest,Ē Coburn said on Thursdayís Morning Joe.
  • Sunday Morning Talk Show Thread 22 September 2013

    09/22/2013 4:51:18 AM PDT · by Alas Babylon! · 252 replies
    Various driveby media television networks ^ | 22 September 2013 | Various Self-Serving Politicians and Big Media Screaming Faces
    The Talk Shows September 15==22nd, 2013 Guests to be interviewed today on major television talk shows: FOX NEWS SUNDAY (Fox Network): Sens. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, and Claire McCaskill, D-Mo.MEET THE PRESS (NBC): Wayne LaPierre, executive vice president of the National Rifle Association.FACE THE NATION (CBS): Sens. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., and Tom Coburn, R-Okla.; Rep. Matt Salmon, R-Ariz.THIS WEEK (ABC): Reps. Chris Van Hollen, D-Md., and Tom Graves, R-Ga.STATE OF THE UNION (CNN): Rep. Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif.

    08/22/2013 9:32:32 PM PDT · by smoothsailing · 40 replies
    WND ^ | 8-22-2013 | Garth Kant
    August 22, 2013 SENATOR: OBAMA 'PERILOUSLY CLOSE' TO IMPEACHMENT Garth Kane WASHINGTON Ė The momentum to remove the president is growing rapidly, as almost every day another lawmaker raises the possibility of impeaching President Obama. Now, itís Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla, who said Wednesday the president is getting ďperilously closeĒ to qualifying for impeachment. (Video at link below)
  • Tea party groups to target skeptical GOP senators on defunding Obamacare

    08/19/2013 10:15:25 AM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 10 replies
    Washington Post ^ | Aug 19, 2013 | By Aaron Blake
    A pair of tea party groups is teaming up to pressure key Republicans to support an effort to defund Obamacare. Tea Party Patriots and the grassroots group For America are launching online ads against a dozen GOP senators who either oppose the effort or havenít announced a position. Along with the ads, leaders of the groups will embark on a six-state, five-day ďExempt AmericaĒ tour (the idea being that the American people should be exempt from Obamacare) that will bring them to the home states of several of these senators. Update 12:01 p.m.: The conservative group Heritage Action is also...
  • Coburn: Shutdown won't stop ObamaCare

    07/30/2013 4:29:48 PM PDT · by onyx · 27 replies
    The Hill ^ | 07/30/13 02:24 PM ET | By Sam Baker
    Shutting down the federal government would not stop the Obama administration from implementing its signature healthcare law, Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) said Tuesday. Coburn has been sharply critical of the effort to force a government shutdown over ObamaCare funding. He released a Congressional Research Service (CRS) report Tuesday that said such a move would not actually stop the administration from implementing the healthcare law."The memo reveals that if government were shut down, funding for Obamacare would still continue," Coburn's office said in a summary. "In other words, shutting down the federal government does not shut down Obamacare." The CRS report...
  • Sunday Morning Talk Show Thread 23 June 2013

    06/23/2013 6:08:49 AM PDT · by Alas Babylon! · 156 replies
    Various driveby media television networks ^ | 23 June 2013 | Various Self-Serving Politicians and Big Media Screaming Faces
    The Talk Shows June 23th, 2013 Guests to be interviewed today on major television talk shows: FOX NEWS SUNDAY (Fox Network): Sens. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., and Mike Lee, R-Utah; Gabriel Gomez, Republican nominee for Senate in Massachusetts.MEET THE PRESS (NBC): Sens. Tom Coburn, R-Okla., and Dick Durbin, D-Ill.; Reps. Loretta Sanchez, D-Calif., and Mike Rogers, R-Mich.FACE THE NATION (CBS): Sens. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., Bob Corker, R-Tenn., and Jeff Sessions, R-Ala.THIS WEEK (ABC): Gen. Keith Alexander, director of the National Security Agency; Reps. Joaquin Castro, D-Texas; Mike Kelly, R-Pa.; and Tulsi Gabbard, D-Hawaii.STATE OF THE UNION (CNN): Sens. Rand Paul, R-Ky.,...
  • Senate to Vote on Pro Gun Amendments added to Water Resources Bill (VIDEO)

    05/08/2013 5:52:41 AM PDT · by EXCH54FE · 5 replies
    Guns.Com ^ | May 8, 2013 | Jennifer Cruz
    Oklahoma Senator Tom Coburn has added two pro-gun amendments to a water resources bill. The two amendments would allow firearms to be carried on some federal land that is managed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and would establish a registry of firearms and ammunition owned by the government. The bill is sponsored by California Senator Barbara Boxer and Louisiana Senator David Vitter and is to be voted on by the Senate on Wednesday. Coburn told The Huffington Post that the first amendment will be ďjust like we have everywhere else,Ē referring to a law that was signed into...
  • Senate to vote on Coburn gun amendments to water bill

    05/07/2013 5:55:45 PM PDT · by marktwain · 10 replies ^ | 7 May, 2013 | BURGESS EVERETT and MANU RAJU
    The debate over gun control is coming back to the Senate earlier than expected. The Senate agreed on Tuesday evening to vote Wednesday afternoon on a pair of firearms-related amendments to the Water Resources Development Act filed by Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) ďI donít quite get why weíre voting on guns, but thatís the Republicansí desire,Ē said the water billís floor manager, Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.). One amendment would repeal a gun prohibition on land under the jurisdiction of the Army Corps of Engineers. The other would require annual reports from federal agencies on ammunition and gun purchases as well...
  • Background checks amount to Ďnew tax on guns,í Coburn insists

    04/16/2013 4:44:40 AM PDT · by marktwain · 6 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | 15 April, 2013 | David Sherfinski
    The deal senators have struck to expand firearm background checks to all Internet and gun show sales will drive up prices for consumers, weapons retailers say. Manufacturers say the deal, which is the crux of the gun bill that senators will begin debating this week, also includes language that gives background checks for sales at gun shows priority over in-store purchases ó something their top trade group says is unfair. -------------cut------------------- But Sen. Tom Coburn, an Oklahoma Republican who was part of the negotiations with Mr. Toomey before dropping out of the talks, said the record-keeping provisions in the deal...
  • Coburn Amendment:Breaking the Glass

    04/14/2013 9:31:12 AM PDT · by marktwain · 25 replies ^ | 14 April, 2013 | Sebastian
    We suspected from media rumors that there was going to be an, ďIn the event of gun control, break glass,Ē strategy from the stronger Republicans. Unfortunately, the Toomey-Manchin deal has given real legs to this issue once again, and given murmurs from the House, including my own Congressman (not surprised), I donít feel particularly good about the House. Getting a ďtrue conservativeĒ like Toomey on board with the deal, unfortunately, makes a lot of critters think ďWell, if Toomey is on board, it must be OK!Ē And so Senator Tom Coburn floats an alternative that I think would be far...
  • Vanity: Tom Coburn Facebook getting RIPPED for Gun Vote

    04/11/2013 9:16:49 AM PDT · by ConservativeMan55 · 82 replies
    Coburn voted with the rest of the RINOS! Check out the OUTRAGE on his Facebook page! WOW!
  • Coburn: Manchin-Toomey deal is 'unworkable'

    04/10/2013 8:45:43 PM PDT · by what's up · 24 replies
    The Hill ^ | Apr 10, 2013 | Daniel Strauss
    n. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) panned an agreement to expand background checks on gun sales that Sens. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) and Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) unveiled on Wednesday. "The Manchin-Toomey proposal is a good faith but unworkable plan," Coburn said in a statement. "The proposal will impose new taxes and unreasonable burdens on law-abiding citizens."
  • Coburn: There wonít be a filibuster

    04/09/2013 5:03:46 PM PDT · by Red Steel · 72 replies
    cnn ^ | April 9, 2013 | Kevin Liptak
    (CNN) Ė A key player in negotiations over potential gun control legislation said on Tuesday a planned GOP filibuster of the bill wonít occur if Democrats allow Republicans to bring amendments up for a vote. Sen. Tom Coburn, speaking on CNNís ďErin Burnett Outfront,Ē said a filibuster thatís been promised by more than a dozen fellow Republicans would prevent Americans from seeing where their elected officials stand on the issue. ďItís not going to be filibustered,Ē Coburn said, adding that the Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid needs to offer "an open amendment process" in order for Republicans to agree to...
  • Sen. Coburn Drafts His Own Gun Bill

    04/06/2013 6:33:03 PM PDT · by marktwain · 32 replies ^ | 5 April, 2013 | Kristina Peterson
    Sen. Tom Coburn (R., Okla.) is quietly circulating his own proposal for expanding gun-sale background checks, a sign that the conservative lawmaker may be trying to build support outside of long-running bipartisan negotiations on the issue. After struggling for months to reach a deal with Democrats on how to broaden background checks, Mr. Coburn has written a 43-page draft of a bill that wouldnít require private gun sellers to keep a paper record of the sale, according to a copy of the proposal. Dropping the record-keeping requirement would make it difficult for Democrats to support the bill, according to individuals...
  • DHS Explains Plans To Buy 1.6B Rounds Of Ammo: We're Buying in Bulk to "Significantly Lower Costs"

    04/03/2013 6:02:59 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 1 replies ^ | April 3,2013 | Gregory Gwyn-Williams, Jr.
    The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has responded to a letter dated November 13, 2012 from Senator Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) regarding the agency's ammunition purchases. Sen. Coburn published the response on the U.S. Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs website yesterday, April 1, 2013.
  • Sen. Tom Coburn Prescribing Medicine the Administration Can't Swallow

    03/11/2013 11:29:11 AM PDT · by Osage Orange · 11 replies
    The Daily Oklahoman ^ | 3-11-13 | The Daily Oklahoman
    Sen. Tom Coburn prescribing medicine the administration can't swallow The Oklahoman Editorial | Published: March 11, 2013 SEN. Tom Coburn, the good doctor from Muskogee, is prescribing medication that the Obama administration finds hard to swallow: the truth. Coburn has taken to writing letters almost daily to administration officials exposing their sky-is-falling rhetoric about the sequester's effects as so much hooey, and pointing out that cuts can be made in many areas without affecting agency operations. After Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said last week that sequestration would force the closing of 173 air-traffic control towers and the furloughing of just...
  • Senator Coburn Holds the Line Against Universal Gun Registration

    03/07/2013 4:48:19 AM PST · by marktwain · 12 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 7 March, 2013 | Dean Weingarten
    Citizen disarmament advocate Charles Schumer (D-N.Y) has shown that the cry for universal background checks has always been a subterfuge to move toward universal firearms registration. Senator Coburn (R-OK) has offered a compromise allowing for background checks as long as no records are kept. Such systems are easily implemented and controlled through sting operations. The advantage of such a system is that can not easily be used to construct a universal registration database. Gun registration has historically been the precursor of gun confiscations, either slowly and individually, over time, or in groups during a crises. It appears that the potential...
  • Letter: Tom Coburn tells the USDA to cancel "wine tasting" at upcoming conference to save money

    03/05/2013 8:06:38 AM PST · by Nachum · 10 replies
    Cobern.Senate.gove ^ | 3/5/13 | Tom Coburn
    Letter at link.
  • Sen. Tom Coburn: I'm Willing to Accept Tax Increases

    Republican Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) told me Sunday on ABC News' "This Week" that he is willing to accept tax rate increases as a component of a fiscal cliff deal, as long as Democrats put "significant entitlement reform" on the table. "What we ought to be working on is the other 93 percent, because even if you do what [Obama] wants to do on tax rates, you only affect 7 percent of the deficit," Coburn said. "What we have done is spend ourselves into a hole, and we're not going to raise taxes and borrow money and get out of...

    12/06/2012 6:48:39 PM PST · by Bill Russell · 3 replies ^ | 12/06/2012 | Bill Russell
    An article in Mondayís Washington Times, highlighted the Democratic efforts in the Senate to block Senator Tom Cobunís amendment to require a court order before denying a veteran under Veteranís Administration care the right to own a gun. Until four years ago, I would not have been so concerned about the VA making a medical mental competency call on an individual veteran being treated for mental health issues. Certainly, no one in their right mind would argue that the mentally incompetent should own guns. Also, the vast majority of the people who work for the bureaucratic organization known as the...
  • DOD Wastes Billions on Non Military Projects

    11/27/2012 9:44:54 AM PST · by jazusamo · 32 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | November 27, 2012
    The Department of Defense (DOD) is responsible for protecting national security and providing military forces to deter war, yet it blows tens of billions of dollars on preposterous things unrelated to its mission. A variety of unimaginable examples are featured in a baffling report (ďDepartment of EverythingĒ ) published this month by a Republican U.S. Senator, who asserts the Pentagon could easily save around $70 billion over ten years without cutting any Army brigade combat teams, Navy combat ships or Air Force fighter squadrons. It could be done simply by getting rid of the waste, according to the findings. Thatís...

    11/16/2012 12:29:58 PM PST · by neverdem · 13 replies
    Human Events ^ | 11/15/2012 | Sen. Tom Coburn
    Election 2012 ‚ÄėA Valley Forge Moment for Conservatives‚Äô By: Sen. Tom Cobrun Thank you for that kind introduction. It¬ís an honor to be with you tonight as we celebrate the American Spectator¬ís 45th anniversary. I especially want to thank Bob Tyrrell who has been with the Spectator since the very beginning. Bob, I want thank you and honor you for your commitment to telling the truth, and for reminding us to laugh, which is especially important in times like this.Like most of you I wish we had a different outcome last week. But it¬ís important to talk honestly about what...
  • Sen. Coburn's Report Exposes DOD's Wasteful, Non-Defense Spending

    11/16/2012 5:03:19 AM PST · by IbJensen · 15 replies
    The New American ^ | 11/15/2012 | Bob Adelmann
    Following his officeís publishing of his annual Wastebook last month, Senator Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) has now released another oversight report, this one exploring waste and ďnon-defenseĒ spending in the Department of Defense (DOD), entitled the ďDepartment of Everything.Ē In his Wastebook Coburn concluded that ďall the outrageous and wasteful contents of this report were made possible by either the action or lack of action of Congress, earning it the well-deserved but unwanted distinction as the biggest waste of taxpayer money in 2012.Ē Right behind the Congress, however, is the Department of Defense, which has been spending taxpayer monies on projects,...
  • Senate report highlights Social Security disability benefit abuses

    09/17/2012 5:30:19 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 20 replies
    washington examiner ^ | 9-13-12 | mark flatten
    A woman was awarded Social Security disability benefits because of "crippling hand pain" from carpel tunnel syndrome, but still managed to work as a bartender. A judge coached a disability applicant to lie about paying rent to boost his payments from the government. ĎI think you could flip a coin for anybody who came before the Social Security commission for disability and get it right just as often as the ALJs do, - Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla.í A man with history of cocaine addiction was approved for disability because of back pain and headaches, which he claimed could be controlled...
  • Tom Coburn: Cut the waste, duplication and ridiculous out of the Pentagon

    09/09/2012 10:51:48 AM PDT · by Mozilla · 27 replies
    The Right Scoop ^ | 9/8/12 | The Right Scoop
    Coburn: Sequestration doesnít have to hurt if we just cut the waste, duplication and ridiculous out of the Pentagon. CBS News ran this report tonight and I was literally stunned at some of the ďridiculousĒ Coburn has found in wasteful spending in the Pentagon: Sequestration could be Pentagon pork killer
  • Coburn: The Truth About Ryan and His Critics

    08/23/2012 4:09:34 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 3 replies
    WSJ ^ | 8-23-12 | tom coburn
    The more voters learn about Congressman Paul Ryan's leadership style and his thoughtful and creative approach to solving problems, the more they will decide that the Romney-Ryan ticket looks presidential and electable. That's why there has been a coordinated effort in recent days to ramp up not just the "Mediscare" rhetoric against Mr. Ryan, but to depict him as a partisan ideologue who was instrumental in derailing a grand bargain on the deficit. This line of attack is cynical and, most of all, false. First, Paul Ryan didn't force President Obama to abandon the budget recommendations of his own 2010...
  • Senator promises to contact Sheriff Joe on Obama probe

    08/15/2012 10:12:29 PM PDT · by Red Steel · 17 replies
    wnd ^ | August, 15 2012 | Corsi
    Video captures tea party activist confronting Coburn at public event Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla., has promised constituents he would contact Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio in Arizona to be briefed on details of the sheriffís law enforcement investigation into Barack Obamaís presidential eligibility. In a video posted on, tea-party activist Miki Booth is seen at a public appearance confronting the senator about a letter she wrote to him. To date, however, Arpaio has received no contact from Coburn or his office. In a second press conference held in Phoenix July 17, Mike Zullo, lead investigator in Arpaioís Cold Case...
  • Coburn donates to Manchin, says fellow senator not beholden to special interests ($250)

    07/22/2012 2:08:55 AM PDT · by SMGFan · 43 replies
    The Hill ^ | July 21, 2012 | By Alexander Bolton
    Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) says he supports Democratic Sen. Joe Manchinís re-election because he believes Manchin is not beholden to short-sighted political interests. Coburn recently gave $250 to Manchinís re-election campaign. ďI think he votes thinking about the long-term interests of the country. We donít agree on everything but heís a good guy,Ē Coburn told The Hill.