Tom Coburn

Washington
8:36 am
Wed December 17, 2014

Video: Coburn Explains Controversial Blockage Of Veterans Suicide Measure

Veterans groups continue to criticize U.S. Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) for objecting to a bill intended to reduce a suicide among military veterans.

Coburn defended his actions on the floor of the chamber, saying the bill would not accomplish its stated goal and duplicates programs that already exist.

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Washington
9:03 am
Tue December 16, 2014

Lankford Announces Committee Assignments As He Prepares To Join Senate

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On Monday Oklahoma U.S. Sen.-elect James Lankford announced four committees he'll join when he moves across the U.S. Capitol from the House to the Senate next month.

Lankford has been appointed to the Senate Committees on Appropriation, Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, the Select Committee on Intelligence, and the Committee on Indian Affairs.

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Washington
8:18 am
Fri December 12, 2014

VIDEO: Coburn Delivers Farewell Address To U.S. Senate Colleagues

Oklahoma's Tom Coburn delivered an emotional farewell address to his colleagues in the U.S. Senate immediately after Thursday’s vote on the defense authorization bill.

“I have some adamant opposition to some of the things that we’re doing, but nevertheless I will try to put into context my feelings and thoughts about the great privilege that has been granted to me by the people of Oklahoma,” Coburn said to open his remarks.

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Washington
12:43 pm
Tue December 9, 2014

Coburn's 'Tax Decoder' Report Criticizes Federal Giveaways

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U.S. Sen. Tom Coburn is wrapping up his tenure in Congress with the release of a "Tax Decoder" report that criticizes hundreds of billions of dollars in federal tax expenditures, often for what he says are wealthy individuals and businesses.

Coburn held a news conference Tuesday in Washington for the release of the 320-page report that highlights tax fraud and the increasingly complicated nature of the federal tax code.

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Politics and Government
9:02 am
Wed September 10, 2014

Coburn: Feds Have No Place In State And Local Law Enforcement

Oklahoma Senator Tom Coburn, the ranking Republican on the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, talks with Chairman Sen. Tom Carper (D-Del.)
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U.S. Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) says the federal government should have no role in the country's local and state police forces.

Homeland Security, Justice, and Defense department senior officials testified Tuesday before a Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee oversight hearing.

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Oklahoma Voices
10:15 am
Mon August 11, 2014

Coburn Addresses Leadership, Gaza, Ebola, Marijuana At Final Oklahoma City Town Hall

U.S. Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) speaks to the crowd during the August 4 town hall at Oklahoma City Community College.
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In January, U.S. Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) surprised political observers and constituents when he announced he would step down with two years left on his second term.

The state’s junior Republican – who’s also a practicing physician – has earned the nickname “Dr. No” for being one of the chamber’s most ardent budget and debt hawks.

Coburn will return to private life at the end of the current session before the first of the year, and throughout August he’s holding his final series of town hall meetings across Oklahoma.

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Immigration
7:39 am
Thu July 10, 2014

Coburn Blasts HHS For Keeping Bridenstine Out Of Fort Sill Facility

U.S. Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) during Wednesday's Senate hearing on U.S. border security.
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U.S. Sen Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) told a senior Obama administration official Wednesday the Department of Health and Human Services should've allowed U.S. Rep. Jim Bridenstine (R-Okla. 1) access to a facility at Fort Sill housing more than 1,000 unaccompanied minors who crossed the southern U.S. border.

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Supreme Court
1:33 pm
Mon June 30, 2014

Oklahoma Congressmen Praise Hobby Lobby Ruling

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Members of Oklahoma's Republican congressional delegation are praising the U.S. Supreme Court's decision in a case involving Oklahoma City-based Hobby Lobby.

U.S. Sens. Tom Coburn and Jim Inhofe issued statements Monday in support of the court's decision and praising the company's owners, the Green family. U.S. Reps. Jim Bridenstine, Tom Cole, and James Lankford also hailed the ruling as one in favor of religious liberty.

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Veterans' Health
7:04 am
Mon June 16, 2014

VIDEO: Coburn Says Report Will Expose More Problems At VA

Oklahoma Senator Tom Coburn
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U.S. Sen Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) says a new report will expose more weaknesses at Veterans Affairs Department hospitals, including disappearing doctors and staff members.

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Politics and Government
8:21 am
Fri June 13, 2014

Coburn: Attack Ads Against Lankford Not Truthful

U.S. Sen Tom Coburn (R-Okla.)
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U.S. Sen. Tom Coburn hasn't officially endorsed any of the seven Republicans seeking to replace him, but he is criticizing an attack ad against James Lankford, one of the leading candidates.

In a statement issued Thursday, Coburn criticized the ads by independent groups like the Senate Conservatives Fund and Oklahomans for a Conservative Future that support GOP challenger T.W. Shannon. Coburn said the ads "aren't truthful" and mischaracterize Lankford's record.

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