Coburn trying to force vote on ethanol subsidies 

Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla., has said that he would use whatever procedural means he has at his disposal to try to force a vote on ethanol subsidies.

“We’re in tough times, we’re going to take a lot of tough votes,” Coburn said in a floor speech last night. “[N]ow that we have tough votes, people want to revert to childish behavior and – and really not honor the reason they were sent near the first place.  You know, not voting on something is the chicken's way out. It's the coward's way out.”

He went on to say, “Voting on something and defending your vote is honorable. You don't have to agree with me, but don't say you can't have an amendment and you can't have a vote. Because I assure you I know the parliamentary procedure is to get a vote on every amendment that I offer.”

A Coburn spokesman, however, says a vote is unlikely to occur today.

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