Sen Tom Coburn

Says He'll Block It
6:16 pm
Wed December 3, 2014

Sen. Tom Coburn Objects To Sweeping Defense Bill

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Speedy passage of a sweeping defense policy bill has hit a snag over public lands.

Republican Sen. Tom Coburn of Oklahoma has objected to the land swaps and expansion of wilderness areas included in the $585 billion defense legislation. He is promising to use Senate procedures to block any attempt to quickly finish the bill next week in the lame-duck session.

The issue is dividing Senate Republicans, with Western state lawmakers favoring the bill and Coburn and Texas Sen. Ted Cruz opposed.

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Oklahoma Politics
9:28 am
Wed November 5, 2014

Lankford Vows To Continue Coburn's Work After Senate Win

U.S. Senator-elect James Lankford talks with his new colleague Jim Inhofe at a watch party during Tuesday night's election returns.
Shawntal Brown The Oklahoma Daily

Republican U.S. Rep. James Lankford will finish the final two years of U.S. Sen. Tom Coburn’s term. A two-term congressman from Edmond, Lankford defeated Democratic state Sen. Connie Johnson and independent Mark Beard in the race to become Oklahoma’s junior U.S. Senator. Lankford’s victory means that both of Oklahoma’s Senate seats remain in Republican hands.

Lankford said Coburn’s leadership would be missed in Oklahoma, but that his work still has to continue.

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Veterans' Health
6:16 pm
Tue June 24, 2014

Coburn Releases Scathing Report On The Veterans Administration

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U.S. Sen. Tom Coburn has released a report on problems he sees with hospitals in the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and the care provided to military veterans.

The report titled "Friendly Fire: Death, Delay, and Dismay at the VA" was released Tuesday by Coburn's office following a yearlong investigation.

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Bill Passes Senate
7:02 pm
Thu January 16, 2014

Inhofe Votes No On Budget, Coburn Doesn't Vote

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Republican Oklahoma Sen. Jim Inhofe voted against a $1.1 trillion budget bill while fellow Republican Sen. Tom Coburn did not vote as the bill passed the Senate.

The bill eases many effects of last year's automatic budget cuts. It cleared the Senate on a 72-26 vote Thursday and now heads to President Barack Obama for his signature.

Inhofe says he voted against the measure because he believes the bill contains cuts that he says are harming national security.

The bill funds every agency of government through September.

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Truth In Settlements Act
6:17 pm
Wed January 8, 2014

Coburn Working With Democrat Elizabeth Warren For Transparency

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U.S. Sen. Tom Coburn says he wants to increase the transparency of settlements reached with federal enforcement agencies, saying the real value of settled cases is often not known.

Coburn announced in a press release Wednesday his plans to join Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts on a bipartisan bill. Dubbed the "Truth in Settlements Act," the measure would require more detailed disclosures about settlement agreements that are often reached when federal agencies close investigations.

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Will Lead Federal Reserve
4:58 pm
Thu November 21, 2013

Coburn Votes In Favor Of Janet Yellen's Nomination

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Oklahoma Sen. Tom Coburn has cast one of the three Republican votes that helped advance Janet Yellen's nomination to lead the Federal Reserve.

Coburn, a conservative lawmaker from Muskogee, says in a statement that he cast a vote in favor of Yellen's nomination Thursday because she is "unquestionably qualified" to serve as the next chair of the agency.

Republican Sens. Bob Corker of Tennessee and Mark Kirk of Illinois cast the other two votes in support of Yellen's nomination.

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U.S. Senate
8:34 am
Thu July 25, 2013

Senators Move To Restrict Federal Conferences

U.S. Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.)
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Republican Sen. Tom Coburn of Oklahoma has joined four other Republican senators in offering a bill intended to reduce government-sponsored conferences.

The bill would reduce travel expenses and reduce overall spending on the conferences.

Among other things, the bill prohibits agencies from paying travel expenses for more than 50 employees for any conference outside the United States unless the US Secretary of State certifies that the conference is in the national interest. It would also prohibit an agency from spending more than $500,000 on any single conference.

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Education
6:59 pm
Fri July 12, 2013

US Dept. of Education Replies To Coburn Letter

The US Department of Education is responding to a letter from Republican Sen. Tom Coburn that calls for the department to cancel a three-day conference on federal student aid scheduled for December in Las Vegas.

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