Coburn Threatens to Block Future Spending Bills Without Offsets

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Senator Tom Coburn (R-OK) “on Tuesday vowed to block all future spending bills in the Senate that aren’t fully ‘paid for’ with cuts to other spending programs,” The Hill reports.

Coburn and other Republicans are already blocking a $9 billion bill to extend jobless benefits for 30 days that isn’t offset with other spending cuts. That impasse halted benefits to 200,000 unemployed people this week.

In a phone interview with The Hill, Coburn said he would “absolutely” object to any other spending measure that isn’t funded.

“The fact is that the country wants us to start making hard choices on spending, and if we can’t do it on a $9 billion bill, then we’re certainly not going to be able to do it on our $1.6 trillion deficit,” he said.

“The problems are so severe in our country, our debt is so severe and the impact is so great in the near and long term that it’s time for some of us to take a stand. We may lose. But we’re not going to give up on doing the tough things that Washington needs to do, and if that earns us consternation, so be it.”

Coburn has a “well-known penchant for holding up Senate bills — notably tangling with Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) in 2008 over a large lands bill package that he objected to — but his vow Tuesday represents a more expansive approach.”

(credit image – associated press)

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2 responses to “Coburn Threatens to Block Future Spending Bills Without Offsets

  1. Arelene N.

    Well, if Senator Tom Coburn (R-OK) has his way, it will be a lot longer than 11 days for hundred of thousands of unemployed workers to get an extension of their unemployment benefits.
    In a blog from Senatus , dated April 7, 2010, Senator Coburn states that “The fact is that the country wants us to start making hard choices on spending, and if we can’t do it on a $9 billion bill, then we’re certainly not going to be able to do it on our $1.6 trillion deficit,” .

    It seems to me that he is proud of his achievement of delaying benefits to unemployed workers across America. To start with, those benefits have been paid for by our employers. I think that Senator Coburn picked the wrong bill to delay. With unemployment still at an all time high, and only 1 job to every 5.2 people nationwide, we still need help. Emergency Unemployment Benefits are just that, emergency funds, just like the funds sent to Haiti, and just like Haiti, there are hundred of thousands of people facing homeless and starvation because Senator Coburn and others halted the unemployment extension bill.

    Please take time this week and contact Senator Coburn at:
    http://coburn.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?FuseAction=ContactSenatorCoburn.home
    and let him know to you want the unemployment benefits extension passed on Monday, April 12, 2010 and you won’t stand for anymore delays.

  2. SpoutingHorn

    Why does it take Senator Coburn to do something common sense says we should do.

    Where exactly is all this free money going to come from? Who is actually going to pay for it?

    TANSTAAFL (There ain’t no such thing as a free lunch).

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