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Sen. Tom Coburn, Oklahoma Republican, lamented both the bill’s contents and the committee time spent on such a divisive issue when the nation is in crisis.

“Our survival as a nation is going to depend on what we do in the next two years to get ourselves out of the hole we’ve dug ourselves in,” and nothing else should be a priority, said Mr. Coburn. “Federalism won’t matter, liberty won’t matter when we are dominated by nations who own us and tell us what we’ll do, just like what’s happening to the Greeks today.”