GOP Senators Release More Serious Obamacare Alternatives

By: Monday January 27, 2014 6:30 pm

I’m left questioning how much these senators are really committed to this proposal because if they were willing to actually negotiate with Democrats back in 2010 they probably could have gotten a lot of these provision in exchange for their votes.


Coburn Is Right About Holder

By: Monday May 27, 2013 7:35 am

On Face the Nation yesterday Senator Tom Coburn (R-OK) called it inappropriate to have Eric Holder review the Department of Justice aggressive investigation of journalists. From Face the Nation:

To Offset Disaster Relief, Curb the Drug War

By: Tuesday May 21, 2013 5:40 pm

U.S. Senator Tom Coburn (R-OK) says federal aid to his home state after the tornado should be offset by spending cuts elsewhere. We’ll see how well the ideological integrity holds up if offsets aren’t quickly found, but nevertheless, the question of how to fund disaster relief is increasingly urgent. It arose late last year when Superstorm Sandy ravaged the East Coast.

Though we cannot know whether man-made climate change was specifically responsible for either of those acts of nature, we do know federal spending to cope with extreme weather events has been rising. Indeed, from 2011 to 2013, the federal government has spent $136 billion on disaster relief.

Coburn Comes Out Against Tax Exemption for Olympic Medalists

By: Wednesday August 8, 2012 5:30 pm

Following up on an earlier item, the good news is that we’ve found one lawmaker in Washington who thinks that exempting Olympians from paying taxes on a cash award is a bad idea. The striking news is that this lawmaker is Tom Coburn.

Judicial Nominations Likely Dead for the Year After Senate GOP Filibuster

By: Tuesday July 31, 2012 6:45 am

Senate Republicans believe that no more judicial nominees should be confirmed for the balance of the year until the elections, citing something called the Thurmond rule, which sets an arbitrary deadline for election-year confirmations. So the withheld enough votes to deny 60-vote confirmation of a judge so conservative he was acceptable to Oklahoma’s Senators.

Deficit Scolds Form New Rock Supergroup

By: Tuesday July 17, 2012 2:50 pm

All the uncertainty around fiscal issues has convinced the group of Washington mandarins who have been trying to undermine the social safety net in service to reducing the deficit that this is the moment to strike. Practically everyone affiliated with a commission that could earn the appellation “cat food” over the past several years has joined forces, rock-supergroup style, with broad support from Georgetown to slightly east of Georgetown, to “fix the debt.”

More Revelations of Favorable Stock Trading By Members of Congress

By: Monday June 25, 2012 2:10 pm

The passage of the STOCK Act was supposed, in the eyes of Congress, to end all the intense anger over Congressional insider trading. The system worked, in their eyes. A problem was identified and Congress worked to address it. Everyone goes home happy. Except that’s not what happened. In a continuing series, the Washington Post delivered the goods on a host of abuses by members of Congress, both within the confines of insider trading and also well beyond them.

Here Is Class Warfare

By: Monday September 19, 2011 7:15 pm

So apparently, the phrase of the week from Republicans is “Class Warfare!” as a response to President Obama’s proposal for a new Millionaire’s Minimum Tax. Paul Ryan and Lindsey Graham both used the phrase yesterday on the Bobble head shows.

Coburn Relents, FAA/Surface Transportation Bill Passes

By: Friday September 16, 2011 6:11 am

Last night, it didn’t look as if the Senate would be able to get the clean extension of both the FAA authorization and the surface transportation authorization before a deadline of today. Tom Coburn was holding up the bill in a fruitless crusade against bike paths. It’s a long story.

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