Reid reacts to name calling by Republican Senator
October 29th, 2013
12:05 PM ET
12 months ago

Reid reacts to name calling by Republican Senator

Updated 10/29/2013 at 3:09pm

(CNN) - Sen. Majority Leader Harry Reid reacted sternly Tuesday to a GOP Senator who reportedly used a swear word to describe the Nevada Democrat.

According to the New York Daily News, Sen. Tom Coburn of Oklahoma was at a Republican gala Monday night in New York City when he spoke of civility in the Senate and that there are Democrats he gets along with, but not Reid, the top Democrat in the chamber.
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Filed under: Harry Reid • Tom Coburn
October 9th, 2013
11:14 AM ET
1 year ago

On debt ceiling, Coburn calls for 'managed catastrophe now'

(CNN) - Sen. Tom Coburn continued to stress Wednesday that major spending cuts must take place before Congress agrees to raise the government's debt limit, which he also argued doesn't even exist.

"The debt ceiling has never not been raised, so there is no debt ceiling. And by having a debt ceiling and then raising it every time, it allows the politicians off the hook for making the hard choices," the Oklahoma Republican said on CNN's "New Day."
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Filed under: Debt • Tom Coburn
Coburn: Obama a 'friend,' but his actions nearing grounds for impeachment
August 22nd, 2013
06:31 PM ET
1 year ago

Coburn: Obama a 'friend,' but his actions nearing grounds for impeachment

(CNN) – Sen. Tom Coburn became the latest Republican lawmaker to link President Barack Obama to potential grounds for impeachment during a town hall Wednesday.

The Oklahoma Republican – who also said Obama was a "personal friend" – responded to a question from a constituent by asserting that the president's policies were approaching a legal standard for impeachment.
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Filed under: President Obama • Tom Coburn
Choice of Holder to lead leak review questioned
May 26th, 2013
01:33 PM ET
1 year ago

Choice of Holder to lead leak review questioned

(CNN) – Attorney General Eric Holder’s direct involvement in the decision to search a reporter’s e-mail records should bar him from leading a review of how the government investigates national security leaks, Republicans argued Sunday.

The decision to apply for a warrant to search Fox News reporter James Rosen’s private correspondence was vetted at the Justice Department's highest levels, including Holder, a Justice official said last week, although the later decision to issue the warrant was made by a federal magistrate judge.
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Filed under: Charles Schumer • Eric Holder • Lindsey Graham • Tom Coburn
May 21st, 2013
12:19 PM ET
1 year ago

CNN Exclusive: Oklahoma senators on disaster relief funding

(CNN) - Facing questions on his position about federal disaster aid Tuesday, Sen. Tom Coburn of Oklahoma confirmed he would want to offset any relief money with cuts to other parts of the budget but quickly added now was not the time do be discussing such matters.

"It's insensitive to even talk about it now," Coburn said in an exclusive interview with CNN's Chief Congressional Correspondent Dana Bash on Capitol Hill. "It just shows the crassness of Washington versus the sensitivity that we need to have."
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Filed under: IRS • Jim Inhofe • Oklahoma • Tom Coburn
April 9th, 2013
07:37 PM ET
2 years ago

Coburn: There won’t be a filibuster

(CNN) – A key player in negotiations over potential gun control legislation said on Tuesday a planned GOP filibuster of the bill won’t occur if Democrats allow Republicans to bring amendments up for a vote.

Sen. Tom Coburn, speaking on CNN’s “Erin Burnett Outfront,” said a filibuster that’s been promised by more than a dozen fellow Republicans would prevent Americans from seeing where their elected officials stand on the issue.
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Filed under: Gun control • Tom Coburn
Coburn: Bolstering background checks not a done deal
February 24th, 2013
11:54 AM ET
2 years ago

Coburn: Bolstering background checks not a done deal

(CNN) - Ramping up background checks on gun sales, which is regarded as the gun control measure with the best possible chance of gaining congressional approval, is by no means a sure thing, a key player in gun legislation negotiations said Sunday.

Sen. Tom Coburn, who is among a bipartisan group of four senators working behind the scenes on a bill to expand background checks, said a sticking point had emerged on whether to keep records on gun owners.
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Filed under: Gun rights • Patrick Leahy • Tom Coburn
GOP senator backs tax rate hike on wealthy
December 5th, 2012
06:09 PM ET
2 years ago

GOP senator backs tax rate hike on wealthy

Washington (CNN) - In a significant development in the fiscal cliff standoff, Republican Sen. Tom Coburn, a leading deficit hawk, said Wednesday he would support higher tax rates on wealthier Americans as part of a broader deal with President Barack Obama and congressional Democrats to avoid the crisis.

"I know we have to raise revenue," the senator from Oklahoma told MSNBC. "I don't really care which way we do it. Actually, I would rather see rates go up than do it the other way, because it gives us a greater chance to reform the tax code and broaden the base in the future."
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Filed under: Fiscal Cliff • Tom Coburn
December 3rd, 2012
09:58 PM ET
2 years ago

Coburn sees fiscal cliff looming if Democrats reject Boehner proposal

(CNN) - If President Barack Obama steps away from the Republican deficit-reduction proposal advanced Monday by House Speaker John Boehner, "we will go over the 'fiscal cliff,'" predicted Sen. Tom Coburn.

That said, the Oklahoma Republican added he doesn't want to see the negotiations continue to play out on the front pages or at campaign-style events.
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Filed under: Fiscal Cliff • Tom Coburn
Gingrich’s leadership ‘lacking,’ says Sen. Coburn
December 4th, 2011
02:12 PM ET
3 years ago

Gingrich’s leadership ‘lacking,’ says Sen. Coburn

(CNN) – A conservative Republican on Sunday openly balked at the idea of a Newt Gingrich presidency, basing his qualms on the former House Speaker’s leadership while in Congress.

“I’m not inclined to be a supporter of Newt Gingrich, having served under him for four years and experienced, personally, his leadership,” Oklahoma Sen. Tom Coburn told “Fox News Sunday."
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Filed under: 2012 • Newt Gingrich • Tom Coburn
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