Senator Tom Coburn Offers "Paid For" Amendment to Tax Cuts Extension Package in Senate Today

December 15, 2010

by Diane W. Collins


Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK)
"Paid For" Amendment to Tax Package



Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK) stated his intention to offer a "paid-for" amendment to the Reid-McConnell Amendment 4753 to HR 4853, the Tax Cuts Extension Package.


The Coburn Amendment will require setting aside the rules and, therefore, 67 votes to pass. It is an extension of respect to the American people who voted on November 2nd to "Cut Taxes and Stop the Spending." The Coburn Amendment would pay for the 13 month unemployment benefits extension included in the Tax Package by cutting $156B from the federal budget.


Sen. Coburn stated on the floor this morning that we must understand the world is watching. Will we continue to borrow and spend recklessly without regard to waste and duplication within our own federal government... or will we act. It is a great encouragement to Conservatives that this amendment is being brought forward today in the four votes (including final passage) that will be taken on the Tax Cuts Extension Package in the Senate.


Sen. Coburn was a member of the National Debt Commission which was co-chaired by Alan Simpson (R) and Erskine Bowles (D).


UPDATE: Coburn offered Amendment on Senate floor at 10:08, CST. At the current time there is not a second. Coburn intends to re-offer.


UPDATE: Sen Coburn re-offered his amendment. Requiring 2/3, or 67 votes to suspend rule... the amendment failed 47 to 52. We will obtain the Congressional record and list the names of those Senators who voted against the Coburn Amendment as an addendum to this article. We encourage Conservatives to circulate the list.


Additionally, Sen. Jim DeMint (R-SC) offered Amendment 4804 which would permanently extend the Bush Tax Cuts and eliminate the estate tax. The DeMint Amendment also required a suspension of the rules and therefore two-thirds majority, or 67 votes. The Amendment failed 37 to 63.


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