Coburn wants time to read bills

Submitted by Rafael DeGennaro on Mon, 2006-05-08 08:42.

Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK) seems to understand that he needs help. His talented staff are good at ferreting out wasteful spending, but they cannot do it alone. Moreover, it can be hard to make judgments about which projects have merit, and to persuade other senators of those judgements. The Daily Oklahoman of May 6, 2006 says that Coburn may even “hold a filibuster to delay Senate action — so lawmakers have a chance to read the bills and find the projects before votes are taken.”

But one senator should not have this burden. The 72 Online rule should be in the Senate rules.
Here’s what the article says:

On to the next fight
The Senate and House have been looking at reforming the process for adding special projects to bills, with some proposals aimed at giving members more information about who is sponsoring them and others aimed at making the projects easier to remove from bills.

“Philosophically, we’re winning the battle with the American public and the Congress is waking up to that,” Coburn said.

With the fights over pork in the emergency spending now completed, Coburn and his staff are poised to scrutinize the annual spending bills for all government departments and agencies.

He vowed in an interview to do whatever it takes — even to hold a filibuster to delay Senate action — so lawmakers have a chance to read the bills and find the projects before votes are taken.

“Not all earmarks are bad,” Coburn said, shortly after voting against the emergency spending bill. “I’m not saying that. But the American public deserves to have them debated, and that’s what we’re going to do.”

(emphasis added)