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Tom Coburn on Government Reform

Jr Senator; previously Republican Representative (OK-2)


Rejected a road bill that came with a bribe

Q: Did you vote against money that would have provided much-needed transportation, highway road-building money for your state and your district because you didn't like the overall package?

A: The Republican Congress had agreed with Bush that we'd have a Balanced Budget Act of 1997. Immediately thereafter, they spent $27 billion we didn't have. I've put every project in that bill that the Oklahoma Department of Transportation asked me to put in that bill. I was then offered a bribe by the committee to vote for the bill, I could have $15 million to spend wherever I wanted to. I don't believe that's the kind of government we want. That's what we're seeing in Congress now with some of the ethical problems there. In fact, when the bill came through, I did vote against it, but I made sure that every bit of that money went to Oklahoma, including the $15 million bribe. I drive on Oklahoma roads. I have grandchildren on Oklahoma roads. They're vitally important to me.

Source: Coburn-Carson debate on Meet The Press Oct 3, 2004

Voted NO on banning soft money and issue ads.

Campaign Finance Reform Act to ban "soft money" and impose restrictions on issue advocacy campaigning.
Reference: Bill sponsored by Shays, R-CT; Bill HR 417 ; vote number 1999-422 on Sep 14, 1999

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