Warner proposes option No. 2 for deficit deal
November 13th, 2011
11:35 AM ET
3 years ago

Warner proposes option No. 2 for deficit deal

Washington (CNN) - Sen. Mark Warner offered an alternative solution to the deficit negotiations Sunday if the so-called “super committee” fails to reach an agreement before the impending deadline.

The Virginia Democrat, who served as a member of the so-called “Gang of Six” senators that attempted to reach a comprehensive deficit deal earlier this year, said he hopes the “super committee” succeeds.
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Filed under: Congress • Debt • Deficit • Deficit commission • Mark Warner • Tom Coburn • TV-State of the Union
Sen. Coburn treated for prostate cancer
October 11th, 2011
10:18 AM ET
3 years ago

Sen. Coburn treated for prostate cancer

(CNN) - Sen. Tom Coburn is recovering from a procedure to treat prostate cancer, according to his spokesman.

"Dr. Coburn underwent a procedure this week to treat an early stage incidence of prostate cancer. He is expected to make a full recovery and return to his full-time duties later this month," Coburn spokesman John Hart said.
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Filed under: Congress • Tom Coburn
Coburn offers his own budget plan
July 18th, 2011
09:05 PM ET
3 years ago

Coburn offers his own budget plan

Washington (CNN) – Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Oklahoma, released his version of a budget plan Monday, saying his ideas would save the country $9 trillion over 10 years.

Coburn, who was once part of the so-called Gang of Six - a bipartisan group of senators working towards a deficit reduction plan - said the time to solve America's debt problem is now. Coburn called the debt the largest national security threat in the country.
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Filed under: Budget • Debt • Deficit • Tom Coburn
Debt gang to unveil plan to other senators Tuesday
Senate Budget Chairman Kent Conrad, D-North Dakota
July 18th, 2011
07:59 PM ET
3 years ago

Debt gang to unveil plan to other senators Tuesday

Washington (CNN) – Members of a bipartisan group of senators who worked for months to forge an agreement to make deep reductions in the federal debt will unveil a plan to slash trillions of dollars off that debt over the next 10 years.

The former Gang of Six members will reveal their plan privately Tuesday to a group of 40 to 50 senators.
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Filed under: Debt • Deficit • Dick Durbin • Kent Conrad • Saxby Chambliss • Tom Coburn
'Gang of Six' senators make rare public appearance
May 25th, 2011
07:41 PM ET
3 years ago

'Gang of Six' senators make rare public appearance

WASHINGTON (CNN) – In what could be the Washington equivalent of a Komodo dragon spotting, senators known as the Gang of Six made a rare public appearance on Wednesday – at least some of them.

At the Peter G. Peterson Foundation's Fiscal Summit held in Washington, four of the six original members of the bipartisan group working toward a deficit reduction plan sat down to a panel discussion. Though the senators withheld the details of their deficit reduction plan, they did give some insight into how the group works.
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Filed under: Debt • Deficit • Dick Durbin • Saxby Chambliss • Tom Coburn
Top Democrat says Coburn walked away from deficit deal
May 22nd, 2011
10:34 AM ET
3 years ago

Top Democrat says Coburn walked away from deficit deal

Washington (CNN) - Democratic Sen. Dick Durbin of Illinois, a member of the bipartisan so-called "gang of six," said the group reached a deal before Republican Sen. Tom Coburn dropped out Tuesday.

"We were ready to announce as far as I was concerned and then Sen. Coburn said no I'm not part of this and walked away," Durbin said Sunday on CNN's "State of the Union." "The question now is whether senators on both sides of the aisle, Democrat and Republican will step up and say don't stop. We need to do this together, we need to sacrifice and make concessions on both sides if we're ever going to solve this national problem."
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Filed under: Deficit • Dick Durbin • Tom Coburn • TV-State of the Union
Smaller gang says it's still working toward a deal on debt
May 18th, 2011
06:37 PM ET
3 years ago

Smaller gang says it's still working toward a deal on debt

Washington (CNN)-One day after Oklahoma Republican Sen. Tom Coburn dramatically dropped out of the bipartisan Gang of Six debt talks, the remaining five members of the group huddled late Wednesday to discuss their next steps in trying to reach a deal to cut the nation's debt by $4 trillion over the next decade.

After an hour-long meeting in the office of Sen. Mark Warner, D-Virginia, the senators emerged jointly before cameras for the first time to announce they would continue working towards a deal, even if Coburn had left the group.
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Filed under: Debt • Kent Conrad • Saxby Chambliss • Senate • Tom Coburn
Coburn pulls out of Gang of Six, dealing blow to deficit talks
May 17th, 2011
05:11 PM ET
3 years ago

Coburn pulls out of Gang of Six, dealing blow to deficit talks

Washington (CNN) – Republican Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Oklahoma, is pulling out of so-called "Gang of Six" bipartisan negotiations for now – dealing a potentially fatal blow to the group that has been working intensely for some five months to find agreement on a deficit reduction plan.

Coburn believes the group has reached an "impasse."
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Filed under: Congress • Deficit • Senate • Tom Coburn
Key senator: Revenue increase from tax reform is OK
Republican Sen. Tom Coburn said he could accept a plan that would raise taxes to cut the deficit.
April 25th, 2011
08:31 AM ET
4 years ago

Key senator: Revenue increase from tax reform is OK

Washington (CNN) - A leading Senate conservative said Sunday he can accept tax reform that increases overall tax revenue as part of a comprehensive deficit reduction plan.

Republican Sen. Tom Coburn of Oklahoma told the NBC program "Meet the Press" that if lowering tax rates and eliminating loopholes and deductions ended up bringing in more money to the U.S. government, "that would be fine with me."
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Filed under: Tom Coburn
Obama, Coburn engage in battle of the budgets in weekly addresses
April 16th, 2011
01:09 PM ET
4 years ago

Obama, Coburn engage in battle of the budgets in weekly addresses

Washington (CNN) – President Obama advocated for his proposed budget in the weekly address Saturday, calling it a “balanced plan that reduces spending and brings down the deficit” to put America “back on track.”

He warned that, without action, the “rising tide of borrowing” will damage the economy, but also cautioned that action must be in the form of a “balanced approach to reduce the deficit.”
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Filed under: GOP weekly address • President Obama • Tom Coburn
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