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Latest Tom Coburn Items
Despite promises by Republican presidential candidates that they would gut key parts of President Obama's health care law on their first day in office, Congress' nonpartisan research agency says that trying to repeal major components of the overhaul through executive order just won't work.
With the failure of the deficit-reduction supercommittee, Congress turns its attention again to several previously disregarded bipartisan plans aimed at dealing with the federal budget mess.
Breaking a legislative drought that had extended for two years, Congress on Thursday passed three of its annual spending bills and a stopgap measure to keep the rest of the government open through the middle of December, though not without deep partisan divides.
Congress has punted on doing the kind of scrutiny of federal agencies that's required to prevent waste and keep the government running smoothly, according to a new report by Sen. Tom Coburn, an Oklahoma Republican who serves as the institution's unofficial watchdog.
President Obama wants the federal government to do some belt-tightening during tough economic times. On Tuesday he signed an executive order directing agencies to cut back on everything from travel to cellphones, printing, and even promotional or commemorative items such as T-shirts, plaques and mugs.
Even as the government's dim fiscal picture pushes all sides to try to sweat savings out of the budget and all sides say carve-outs should be on the table, Republicans and Democrats on Capitol Hill are proposing their own special breaks, known as "tax expenditures" in legislative-speak, for items such as clean energy and student-loan repayments for veterinarians.
Finding a rare piece of common ground when it comes to spending limits, Republicans and Democrats in the Senate voted overwhelmingly Friday morning to cut off federal farm payment handouts to farmers who already make more than $1 million a year.
The California man who lives part of his life as an "adult baby" and collects Social Security disability payments says the federal agency has cleared him of wrongdoing and will continue sending checks.
Despite a last-minute appeal by President Obama, the Democrat-controlled Senate late Tuesday rejected his nearly $450 billion jobs-stimulus proposal, as lawmakers looked ahead at other ways to spur job growth.