Tom Coburn Objects to Bill to Provide Benefits to Homeless

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Tuesday, June 29, 2010 at 4:15 pm

In his zeal for deficit reduction, Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) has objected to Sen. Patty Murray’s (D-Wash.) bill to provide benefits to homeless woman veterans and homeless veterans with children:

Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.) asked for unanimous consent to approve a $3.4 billion bill to help homeless women veterans and homeless vets with kids. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell objected on behalf of Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.), who is taking a stand against any measure that adds to the deficit.

“If we don’t start paying for new programs and continue on our path to bankruptcy we’ll have a homelessness problem beyond imagination,” Coburn spokesman John Hart told HuffPost. “The old Washington excuse that it’s too hard to cut spending is undermining our troops, our veterans and our future.”

It goes without saying that $3.4 billion represents a minute percentage of this year’s $1.4 trillion budget deficit. Of course, Coburn’s stance doesn’t represent some sort of hatred toward the homeless; it’s just that his party has long since committed to a strategy of unanimous opposition to Democratic initiatives, particularly if they cost any money. The goal is to deny Democrats any legislative victory that could aid them in the midterm elections, and a bill to provide benefits to homeless veterans falls squarely into that category.

Of course, that’s not to excuse Coburn’s opposition — tens of thousands of people will be further hurt by homelessness if this bill fails — but to note that you can explain a lot of behavior on the part of GOP senators if you understand the political incentives.

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monkey99
Comment posted June 30, 2010 @ 4:21 pm

Yeah, Coburn.

Send them off to war, then s**t on them when they come home. Patty Murray is MY Senator. She speaks for ME and all other vets.

F**k the Repuglicans. It's clear where their loyalties lie, and it's NOT with the American people.


Jacquelineruso
Comment posted June 30, 2010 @ 7:44 pm

I've actually known more democrats than republicans to be against the military (think Code Pink) and they've got a history to show for it.


monkey99
Comment posted June 30, 2010 @ 8:30 pm

As that may be true………

It was Bush and his lap-dog Cheney who sent me to a useless war, looking for WMD's that never existed, in a futile attempt to save face. Twice.

Now we have so-called “representatives” who are fully willing to turn their backs on those they sent………Many are still in the same positions they held when they sent me, and those who have been denied assistance for their sacrifice.

The rest of the unemployed are just as deserving…….They also PAID into the same system that is denying them…….by Repuglicans. I don't need lessons in history, when today's problems are what need to be addressed, and are being denied by Repuglican obstructionism, intransigence, recalcitrance and in-your-face hypocrisy.


Bonnie
Comment posted July 1, 2010 @ 2:31 pm

“it’s just that his party has long since committed to a strategy of unanimous opposition to Democratic initiatives, particularly if they cost any money.”

and the democrats have long since committed to a strategy of opposition to republican initiatives. Thier votes represent a difference of basic political ideologies, which is why the sit on a particular side of the aisle in the first place.


ellid
Comment posted July 1, 2010 @ 7:33 pm

“And it's 'Tommy this' and 'Tommy that'
And 'Tommy, go away!'
But it's 'Thank you, Mr. Atkins,'
When the band begins to play.”

Rudyard Kipling


monkey99
Comment posted July 1, 2010 @ 10:30 pm

Never read Kipling, but I get the meaning.

Patty Murray knows who pays her salary, and she works for us.

I'm incensed at the refusal to help those who will be instrumental in getting us out of this recession, for the sake of “fiscal responsibility”. How exactly do we reduce the deficit, if half the workforce can't work?

It's bad business and the Repuglicans, for the sake of ideology, are willing to flush this country to prove their point. I hope this nonsense stops in November.


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