Senate Dems refuse to prioritize spending, again 

Last month, Sen. Jim Bunning, R-Ky., was demonized for having the gall to demand that Congress reduce spending elsewhere in order to pay for unemployment benefits, in accordance with a budgeting law the Democrats had just passed.

Now Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla., has tried to do the same thing, although in a less confrontational way: instead of blocking the benefits until the Senate pays for them, he proposed a bill to pay for them. Democrats promptly defeated it on the Senate floor.

His office writes:

The Senate just voted 59 to 40 to block a proposal backed by Dr. Coburn (S. 3153) to extend unemployment benefits that are paid for with reductions in spending.

The 59 Senators who voted no may be the only 59 people in the country who believe the federal government is running at peak efficiency and can’t be trimmed to pay for unemployment benefits for families who are struggling.

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David Freddoso

David Freddoso came to the Washington Examiner in June 2009, after serving for nearly two years as a Capitol Hill-based staff reporter for National Review Online. Before writing his New York Times bestselling book, The Case Against Barack Obama, he spent three years assisting Robert Novak, the legendary Washington... more
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