Republican Senator Tom Coburn said the budget battle that brought the government to the brink of shutting down this week is far less important than resolving the partisan fight over raising the nation’s $14.3 trillion debt ceiling this summer.
Visitors to Senator Tom Coburn ’s office can’t miss a giant, scrolling “ U.S. debt clock” chronicling the government’s fiscal imbalance that spurred him to single-handedly block hundreds of bills -- and earned him the nickname “Dr. No” from colleagues.
Republican Senator Tom Coburn of Oklahoma has quit the charade that we can simply cut our way out of the national debt. Having committed the Capitol offense of honesty, Coburn -- one of the most fiscally conservative members of Congress -- must be punished, of course. And that’s where Grover Norquist comes in.