Friday, January 22, 2010

Tom Coburn, what Alexander and Corker should be

When will other GOP Senators start fighting for the family budget like Tom Coburn and Jim DeMint....and I don't mean spouting vacuous platitudes. I mean getting passionate about $1.2 Trillion in annual federal overspending and show a willingness to stop earmarking and start cutting, not cuts in the growth of spending but REAL cuts that can actually cut into the deficit.

As Senate leaders continue to hash out a deal on amendments to the debt limit bill, Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla., Thursday said he plans to offer a measure rescinding $120 billion in funding by consolidating more than 640 government programs he believes are duplicative.

In a statement, Coburn said the cuts would "alleviate the need to increase the national debt limit," which would rise by $1.9 trillion if the bill is passed. A vote on the amendment would likely come next week, according to his office.
Of the $120 billion in cuts, roughly $100 billion would come from rescinding discretionary funding that has been available for more than two years but not designated for a particular purpose, the statement said.