Tom Coburn

Billions in Taxpayer Funded Loans Going to Companies that Serve the Rich

SBA loans going to country clubs, Lamborghini dealerships, luxury pet resorts

The Small Business Administration exists to help Americans “start, build, and grow” businesses, but an analysis of more than $67 billion worth of SBA loans finds that much of the taxpayer funds went to “wealthy lifestyle” businesses such as members-only country clubs and luxury auto dealers.

Tax Dollars at Work: Mountain Lions on Treadmills

Coburn’s Wastebook highlights $25 billion in wasteful spending

Sen. Tom Coburn (R., Okla.) released his final Wastebook on Wednesday, and it did not disappoint. Dr. Coburn, who is retiring after this term, chronicled $25 billion spent on 100 “silly, unnecessary, and low priority projects,” this year. The report touches nearly every agency, finding that the federal government is still spending taxpayer dollars to put animals on treadmills and subsidize wine.

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

Republicans hold bill that would protect religious minorities

Syrian and Iraqi ChristiansThe 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 CoburnSen. 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).