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Latest Tom Coburn Items
Democrats and Republicans constantly clash over how much Americans should pay in taxes, but senators from both parties managed to agree Wednesday that wealthy farmers shouldn't pocket millions in conservation subsidies from the federal government, voting to end the payments as part of a five-year farm bill.
It was one of President Obama's marquee pledges for cutting waste — an administration team under the direction of Vice President Joseph R. Biden would slash the proliferating number of federal websites in half within a year.
Every year, the federal government spends hundreds of millions of dollars to market agricultural products abroad — sending taxpayers' money to subsidize the advertising campaigns of some of the country's largest brand names, according to a report by the Senate's chief waste-watcher.
In unusually blunt language, Congress' top auditor told the federal government last week to scrap plans for a special catfish-inspection program, saying the new office lawmakers approved just a few years ago is turning out to be a waste of money.
Every four years, thousands of politicians, lobbyists, activists and consultants get together for an extravagant weeklong party. It's all paid for by the taxpayers. These shindigs, otherwise known as national political conventions, no longer realistically serve the purpose of selecting a presidential nominee.
A new poll has President Obama and U.S. Senate candidate Tim Kaine with slight leads over their likely Republican opponents in Virginia, where both Democrats are sure to spend a significant amount of time between now and November.
It's colossal, it's stupendous: the upcoming Republican National Convention is expected to draw 50,000 election-minded revelers to Tampa, where the eager city council has just opted to allow local bars to remain open until an unheard-of 3 a.m. during the four-day extravaganza at the end of August.
Sen. Tom Coburn on Thursday urged both national parties to voluntarily return millions of taxpayer dollars they received to fund their nominating conventions, saying Democrats and the GOP should show leadership in reducing the federal deficit.