Coburn Comes Out Against Tax Exemption for Olympic Medalists

By: Wednesday August 8, 2012 2:34 pm

Following up on an earlier item, the good news is that we’ve found one lawmaker in Washington who thinks that exempting Olympians from paying taxes on a cash award is a bad idea. The striking news is that this lawmaker is Tom Coburn. If tax code gymnastics was an Olympic sport this idea might get [...]

Judicial Nominations Likely Dead for the Year After Senate GOP Filibuster

By: Tuesday July 31, 2012 6:18 am

Senate Republicans believe that no more judicial nominees should be confirmed for the balance of the year until the elections, citing something called the Thurmond rule, which sets an arbitrary deadline for election-year confirmations. Senate Democrats don’t believe that has been reached yet and want to continue to get judges confirmed, citing the low percentage [...]

Deficit Scolds Form New Rock Supergroup

By: Tuesday July 17, 2012 11:58 am

All the uncertainty around fiscal issues has convinced the group of Washington mandarins who have been trying to undermine the social safety net in service to reducing the deficit that this is the moment to strike. Practically everyone affiliated with a commission that could earn the appellation “cat food” over the past several years has [...]

More Revelations of Favorable Stock Trading By Members of Congress

By: Monday June 25, 2012 1:00 pm

The passage of the STOCK Act was supposed, in the eyes of Congress, to end all the intense anger over Congressional insider trading. The system worked, in their eyes. A problem was identified and Congress worked to address it. Everyone goes home happy. Except that’s not what happened. In a continuing series, the Washington Post [...]

Coburn Removes Flood Insurance Premium Subsidies for Vacation Homes

By: Friday May 25, 2012 8:59 am

I know Tom Coburn is derided as “Dr. No” among liberal circles for his propensity to reject all federal spending and act as a one-man filibuster in the Senate. But I defy anyone to take issue with his latest crusade, which actually ended in victory. Coburn objected to a clean reauthorization of the national flood [...]

Coburn Relents, FAA/Surface Transportation Bill Passes

By: Friday September 16, 2011 6:10 am

Last night, it didn’t look as if the Senate would be able to get the clean extension of both the FAA authorization and the surface transportation authorization before a deadline of today. Tom Coburn was holding up the bill in a fruitless crusade against bike paths. It’s a long story. Well, Coburn had a lot [...]

Coburn Feels Pressure on FAA Holdup

By: Thursday September 15, 2011 1:37 pm

Harry Reid went to the Senate floor this morning and accused Tom Coburn of stopping 80,000 Americans from working. It’s largely true: Coburn is blocking the consideration of the FAA and surface transportation authorization bill in time to avoid an expiration of FAA funding on Friday. I’m disappointed, however, in one of our Republican colleagues [...]

Tom Coburn Poised to Shut Down FAA Again

By: Thursday September 15, 2011 7:35 am

The attempt to meet looming deadlines and avoid shutdowns of part (or all) of the government resembles the aftermath of a car wreck right now. It’s unclear whether the Senate can move the broken-down vehicles off the road in time to let the traffic move through. Here’s what’s going on. The FAA authorization runs out [...]

House Passes FAA, Surface Transportation Funding

By: Tuesday September 13, 2011 2:20 pm

The House of Representatives today passed by voice vote a bill that would extend both the FAA authorization and the surface transportation authorization ahead for several months (FAA until the end of January, surface transportation for six months until the end of March). This represents a significant victory for those who didn’t want to see [...]

Default? Blame the Gang of Six

By: Monday July 25, 2011 7:30 am

I have a piece for The American Prospect today about the Gang of Six proposal, and how it increased the possibility of default: Gang of Six fever has overtaken the Senate, and everyone has an opinion on how to incorporate the proposal into the debt-ceiling deal. Senator Richard Burr, a Republican from North Carolina, wants [...]

Coburn Returned to Gang of Six After Agreement on Health Care Cuts

By: Thursday July 21, 2011 6:55 am

Just about the only specific piece of the Gang of Six proposal, as explained well by Rep. Peter DeFazio above, is the move to chained CPI, a benefit cut for Social Security, veteran’s benefits and any program with a cost of living adjustment, along with a regressive tax cut. So that should give you a [...]

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