A leading congressional deficit hawk says a bipartisan budget agreement hammered out on Capitol Hill is mostly a patch-work approach that fails to address wasteful spending that is contributing to a ballooning federal debt.
Republican Sen. Tom Coburn of Oklahoma says the accord announced by GOP Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin and Democratic Sen. Patty Murray of Washington state likely was the best that could be achieved, but says he can't support it.
A spokesman for Oklahoma Sen. Tom Coburn says the lawmaker has had a recurrence of prostate cancer and is undergoing further evaluation and treatment.
Spokesman John Hart said in a brief statement to The Associated Press on Tuesday that the 65-year-old Republican will be out for the rest of the week but will be back "as soon as he's able, hopefully next week."
Coburn was treated for the same thing in 2011 and returned to work within days. He's also survived malignant melanoma and colon cancer.
The U.S. Senate resumed consideration Thursday of the House continuing resolution to fund the government for the next fiscal year that begins Tuesday.
But Oklahoma's junior U.S. Senator says he won't vote for any continuing resolution. Speaking to MSNBC's Morning Joe Thursday morning, U.S. Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) says CRs don't allow managers at federal agencies any opportunity for long-term planning.
(CBS News) A House bill that would keep the government afloat through Dec. 15 but would also deny funding for President Obama's health care law doesn't stand a chance in the upper chamber, senators from both parties agreed Sunday on "Face the Nation." "We don't have the ability," Sen.
U.S. Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) says while President Obama remains a friend, his administration is close to the constitutional line for impeachment. Coburn also called for a constitutional convention to address the nation's needs.
By RANDY KREHBIEL World Staff Writer on Aug 21, 2013, at 11:06 PM Sen. Tom Coburn speaks during a town hall meeting at the Civic Center in Muskogee on Wednesday evening. JAMES GIBBARD/Tulsa World MUSKOGEE - U.S. Sen.