Budget battles: Big Bird under attack
March 4th, 2011
05:26 PM ET
4 years ago

Budget battles: Big Bird under attack

New York (CNNMoney) - Friday was the 155th day the federal government has operated without a budget, and some lawmakers spent it arguing over nickels and dimes.

Republican Sens. Jim DeMint of South Carolina and Tom Coburn of Oklahoma introduced a bill Friday that would save a little more than $400 million a year by stripping all federal funding for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

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Filed under: Jim DeMint • Tom Coburn
Democrats face tough fight on gun control after Tucson shootings
January 16th, 2011
03:14 PM ET
4 years ago

Democrats face tough fight on gun control after Tucson shootings

Washington (CNN) - Bring back the ban on assault weapons, or tighten enforcement of existing gun control laws and regulations?

Those were two options for strengthening gun control offered Sunday by Democrats in the wake of the Tucson, Arizona, shootings last week that killed six people and wounded 13, including Democratic Rep. Gabrielle Giffords.

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Filed under: Charles Schumer • Gun rights • Rudy Giuliani • Tom Coburn
Coburn: Health care debate will continue
January 16th, 2011
01:40 PM ET
4 years ago

Coburn: Health care debate will continue

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Oklahoma Republican Sen. Tom Coburn signaled Sunday that the debate over health care reform will continue in the Senate despite an obstacle-filled repeal process.

The House is expected to vote to repeal the law this week, but similar legislation is unlikely to make it through the Democratic-controlled Senate or survive a presidential veto. However, a repeal vote fulfills a GOP campaign promise, allowing Republican legislators to publicly record their views and concerns.
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Filed under: Charles Schumer • Health care • Tom Coburn
Top senators to sit together at 'State of the Union' address
January 16th, 2011
11:05 AM ET
4 years ago

Top senators to sit together at 'State of the Union' address

WASHINGTON (CNN) – In a symbolic gesture toward more civil political discourse, Democratic Sen. Charles Schumer and Republican Sen. Tom Coburn said Sunday that they will sit together at the upcoming State of the Union address.

Appearing on the NBC program "Meet the Press," Schumer and Coburn called for political debate based on issues and ideology, rather than motives and personal attacks, in the aftermath of the Tucson, Arizona, shootings last week that killed six people and critically injured a Democratic Rep. Gabrielle Giffords.

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November 2nd, 2010
08:59 PM ET
4 years ago

In Oklahoma: CNN projects Republican Sen. win

(CNN) - Republican incumbent Sen. Tom Coburn has won his bid for re-election to a second term as Oklahoma senator, CNN projects, beating out Democratic nominee Jim Rogers. Projections are based on CNN analysis of exit poll data.


Filed under: Oklahoma • The Latest Calls • Tom Coburn
September 28th, 2010
04:23 PM ET
4 years ago

DeMint warns against slipping last minute bills through before Senate recess

(CNN) - Conservative Republican senators, led by Jim DeMint of South Carolina, are warning all other senators they will block any attempts to slip controversial legislation through the Senate in the final hours before the upcoming recess, unless they sign off on it first.

"What happens is at the end of a session, crap gets out of here that nobody knows what's in it and we're not going to do it anymore," Oklahoma Sen. Tom Coburn told CNN.

At issue are last minute requests from senators from both parties to get legislation cleared by unanimous consent, an often-used time saving parliamentary procedure that allows measures to pass without a recorded vote. As a recess approaches, it's common for dozens of measures to pass by UC, as the procedure is known on Capitol Hill.

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Filed under: Jim DeMint • Senate • Tom Coburn
September 3rd, 2010
04:42 PM ET
4 years ago

Coburn backs Ayotte in New Hampshire Senate race

Sen. Tom Coburn has endorsed New Hampshire Senate candidate Kelly Ayotte.
Sen. Tom Coburn has endorsed New Hampshire Senate candidate Kelly Ayotte.

Washington (CNN) - The New Hampshire Republican hoping to keep an open Senate seat in GOP hands picked up the endorsement of another out of state conservative on Friday.

Republican Sen. Tom Coburn of Oklahoma announced his support for Kelly Ayotte, the former New Hampshire Attorney General who also has the backing of former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin.

"I look forward to having Kelly Ayotte join us in the Senate next year to help defend the Constitution's limitations on federal power and to fight for the fiscal survival of our country," Coburn said in a statement. "She has the experience, the commitment and the integrity to be a strong force for reducing spending, protecting freedom and making government effective yet manageable."

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Filed under: 2010 • New Hampshire • Tom Coburn
August 30th, 2010
04:32 PM ET
4 years ago

Coburn: Gingrich the last person I'd vote for

Sen. Tom Coburn had some harsh words on Friday for former Republican Speaker Newt Gingrich.
Sen. Tom Coburn had some harsh words on Friday for former Republican Speaker Newt Gingrich.

(CNN) - Newt Gingrich's camp refused to respond Monday to some sharp words spoken by fellow Republican Sen. Tom Coburn, just days after the Oklahoma senator said Gingrich is the "last person I'd vote for" during a town hall meeting.

"I'm not going to respond to that," Gingrich spokesman Rick Tyler told CNN.

Coburn ripped GOP heavyweight Newt Gingrich on Friday and took a shot at the possible 2012 contender's politics and his personal life.

"[Gingrich is] a super-smart man," Coburn said at a town hall meeting in Wagoner, Oklahoma, but added, "he's the last person I'd vote for president of the United States."

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Filed under: 2012 • Newt Gingrich • Tom Coburn
August 3rd, 2010
02:26 PM ET
4 years ago

GOP slams stimulus plan with list of 100 worst projects

Washington (CNN) - Monkeys on cocaine. New windows for a closed visitor's center. Modern dance as a tool for software development.

A report released Tuesday by conservative Sens. Tom Coburn and John McCain cited these and 97 other projects as leading examples of misguided or wasteful spending under the Obama administration's $862 billion economic stimulus bill.

Titled "Summertime Blues," the report is the third by the two senators targeting projects that they say fail to meet the job-creation goal of spending under the Recovery Act of 2009.

The report highlights the extraordinary "waste and mismanagement" of taxpayer dollars, said McCain, R-Arizona. The stimulus plan "was supposed to create jobs. It does not."

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Filed under: issues • John McCain • stimulus plan • Tom Coburn
August 3rd, 2010
08:05 AM ET
4 years ago

GOP senators list what they say are the 100 worst stimulus projects

 A visitor center at Mount St. Helens, seen in 2004, is now closed, but got new windows under a stimulus project.
A visitor center at Mount St. Helens, seen in 2004, is now closed, but got new windows under a stimulus project.

Washington (CNN) – Monkeys on cocaine. New windows for a closed visitor's center. Modern dance as a tool for software development.

A report released Tuesday by conservative Sens. Tom Coburn and John McCain cited these and 97 other projects as leading examples of misguided or wasteful spending under the Obama administration's $862 billion economic stimulus bill.

Titled "Summertime Blues," the report is the third by the two senators targeting projects that they say fail to meet the job-creation goal of spending under the Recovery Act of 2009.

The report highlights the extraordinary "waste and mismanagement" of taxpayer dollars, said McCain, R-Arizona. The stimulus plan "was supposed to create jobs. It does not."

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Filed under: issues • John McCain • Stimulus • Tom Coburn
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