Articles Tagged 'tom coburn'

Conservative groups hit Lankford as lawmaker announces bid for Coburn’s Senate seat

Rep. James Lankford said Monday he’ll run to serve out the term of retiring Sen. Tom Coburn in Oklahoma, setting up what could be another brutal primary GOP battle involving outside conservative pressure groups and the party’s establishment. Mr. Lankford, now in his second term and a member of the elected leadership in the House, said he will pick up… READ MORE

Oklahoma’s Sen. Coburn, battling cancer, stepping down before term ends

Sen. Tom Coburn, an Oklahoma Republican who has carved out a niche as Congress’s top waste-watcher, announced late Thursday that he will leave the Senate at the end of this year — a full two years before his term is up. Mr. Coburn has been battling cancer and was scheduled to have key tests next month. In a statement, he… READ MORE

Sen. Tom Coburn: Enhanced background checks will pass Senate, but not as written

Sen. Tom Coburn said he thinks some kind of strengthened background checks on gun sales will pass the Senate, but not the measure Senate Majority… READ MORE

At GOP outreach dinner, Obama picks up the tab

As part of his effort to improve relations between the White House and Capitol Hill, President Obama dined with a small group of Republican senators this evening and, according to the White House, he paid for the dinner out of his own pocket. Sens. Tom Coburn, R-Okla.; Kelly Ayotte, R-N.H.; Saxby Chambliss, R-Ga.; John Hoeven, R-N.D.; John McCain, R-Ariz.; Bob… READ MORE

Moroccan Pottery, Obamaphones, and Gaydar: How the Government Wasted Your Money This Year

October 17, 2012
Kevin Glass, Senator Tom Coburn released the Wastebook 2012 today detailing the 100 most egregious wastes of taxpayer money. The two hundred page report details waste in all manner of federal spending – from multi-billion dollar programs all the way down to a $300 grant to a small-town library for a Star Wars-themed event. It’s emblematic of the waste… READ MORE

House GOP leader Cantor, Sen. Coburn back Romney

March 5, 2012
By Catalina Camia, USA TODAY House Majority Leader Eric Cantor and Sen. Tom Coburn of Oklahoma have endorsed Mitt Romney for president, giving the GOP… READ MORE

Coburn proposes $9 trillion deficit cut measure

July 19, 2011
By Andrew Taylor, Associated Press WASHINGTON — One of the Senate’s staunchest budget-cutters unveiled Monday a massive plan to cut the nation’s deficit by $9… READ MORE

Senate preserves ethanol subsidy, for now

June 15, 2011
By Stephen Dinan-The Washington Times The Senate voted Tuesday to preserve billions of dollars in government subsidies for ethanol in a vote that showed senators are not yet ready to undo the corporate handouts that have proliferated throughout the tax code in recent decades. But Senate Democrats said they will offer lawmakers another chance to vote again by the end… READ MORE

77,000 fed employees paid more than governors

June 1, 2011
By Stephen Dinan-The Washington Times More than 77,000 federal government employees throughout the country – including computer operators, more than 5,000 air traffic controllers, 22 librarians and one interior designer – earned more than the governors of the states in which they work. The findings, from a Congressional Research Service report requested by Sen. Tom Coburn, Oklahoma Republican, were released… READ MORE

Tom Coburn gets new scrutiny in Ensign scandal

May 13, 2011
By JOHN BRESNAHAN, Politico Sen. Tom Coburn faces troubling new questions about his role in the extramarital affair of his former colleague, Sen. John Ensign (R-Nev.), including allegations that the Oklahoma Republican may have not been completely candid when questioned by Senate investigators about the still unfolding scandal. For Coburn, the Ensign case has been a confusing — and apparently… READ MORE

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