Stalled Bill to Combat Middle East Violence Sparks Intra-Party Fight

Republicans hold bill that would protect religious minorities
Syrian and Iraqi Christians

The battle over a long-stalled, yet widely supported congressional effort to combat the persecution of religious minorities in the Middle East has pitted leading Republicans against one another and stirred outrage from advocacy groups who are frustrated that lawmakers are foiling efforts that could help stem the bloodshed.

Sequester Resulted in One Layoff

Coburn: ‘Devastating to the credibility of Washington politicians and administration officials’
Tom Coburn

Sen. Tom Coburn (R., Okla.) is launching an investigation after revelations that sequestration resulted in only one government layoff in 2013.

According to a report released by the Government Accountability Office (GAO), the only layoff that occurred to help achieve the $85.3 billion in spending cuts took place in the Department of Justice (DOJ).

Senators Predicted Obamacare’s Negative Side Effects

$1.058 trillion in new taxes, five million insurance cancellations
Sen. Tom Coburn, (R., Okla.) with Sen. John Barrasso, (R., Wyo.) / AP

Sens. Tom Coburn (R., Okla.) and John Barrasso (R., Wyo.) released a new report Tuesday evening highlighting Obamacare’s failures, including forcing millions of Americans off their health insurance plans and adding $1 trillion in new taxes.

House Holds ‘Stop Government Abuse Week’

Republicans introduce bills to curb the IRS, increase accountability in government spending
AP

House Republicans will push a series of bills this week in an effort to curb abuse and increase transparency in the federal government.

Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R., Va.) sent a memo to Republican members on Friday, outlining the GOP’s legislative agenda for “Stop Government Abuse Week.”

Republicans Blocking Bill to Combat Christian Violence

Two Republican senators hold a bill to fight slaughter in the Middle East
Syrian and Iraqi Christians

Two leading Republican senators are under fire from religious groups for blocking a widely supported bill that would help combat the slaughter of Christian minorities across the Middle East, according to multiple sources familiar with the legislation.

Weaponizing Waste

Sen. Tom Coburn leaves behind a lasting legacy of highlighting wasteful government spending
Sen. Tom Coburn (R.,Okla.) / AP

Sen. Tom Coburn’s (R., Okla.) long crusade against government spending is coming to an end.