Legislation & Issues

Ethics-based reform is desperately needed in Congress but regulating the lobbying industry is only treating the symptoms of the disease. The problem in Washington, D.C., is not the lobbyists. The problem is members of Congress.

When a disgraced lobbyist described Congress and its budget process as an “earmark favor factory,” most Americans were reminded that earmarks are a key aspect of the culture of corruption in Washington, D.C. Corruption scandals involving members of Congress revealed that earmarks are the gateway drug that leads to spending addictions.

The climate in Washington has provided lobbyists the ability to wine and dine congressmen in a culture where votes and influence are bought and sold. Congress does not need to reform the lobbying industry as much as it needs to reform itself.

I believe disclosure and transparency is the best disinfectant against corruption because I trust the wisdom of the electorate far more than I trust politicians. By forcing disclosure and transparency, the public will be able tie together the nexus between gifts from lobbyists with the “special interest” earmark from a congressman in return.

If politicians have to report on everything they do, the public will be aware of their transgressions and consequently corrupt politicians will be thrown out of office.

For the American people, the ethics scandals only are beginning to connect the dots between politicians, individual earmarks, lobbyists and campaign contributions. If Congress fails to enact meaningful reforms that attack this climate of corruption at its source the public will, and should, take reform into its own hands at the ballot box.

For these reasons and more, it always has been my policy to not request any earmarks.

Press Releases

October 2014
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10/22/14 Wastebook 2014: What Washington doesn't want you to read.
July 2013
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7/31/13 Dr. Coburn and Senator Paul Introduce Legislation to Restore Constitutional Limitations on Congressional Power
October 2012
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10/15/12 Coburn Releases Annual Report Highlighting Some of the Most Wasteful Government Spending in 2012
10/9/12 WASTEBOOK 2012
August 2012
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8/1/12 Dr. Coburn Hosting Town Hall Meetings Across Oklahoma
June 2012
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6/13/12 The Administration's "Campaign to Cut Waste", One Year Later
6/4/12 Coburn, Mark Udall Introduce Bill to End Taxpayer Subsidies for Party Conventions
April 2012
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4/24/12 Senate Votes to Limit Lavish Spending on Government Conferences
February 2012
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2/28/12 Sens. Coburn, Collins, & Lieberman Say Annual GAO Report Exposes More Duplication in the Federal Budget, Less Responsibility Coming Out of Washington
2/3/12 Dr. Coburn Votes Against STOCK Act
January 2012
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1/30/12 Dr. Coburn to Host Town Hall Meeting in Edmond on Saturday, February 4th
November 2011
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11/22/11 Dr. Coburn’s Statement on Failure of the Super Committee
October 2011
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10/5/11 Dr. Coburn Launches “Back in Black” Online Survey
September 2011
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9/22/11 Dr. Coburn Supports Senator Ron Johnson for Senate Republican Leadership
July 2011
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7/18/11 Dr. Coburn Releases $9 Trillion Deficit Reduction Plan
June 2011
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6/22/11 Dr. Coburn Introduces Bill to Restore Constitutional Limitations on Congressional Power
May 2011
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5/23/11 Hatch, Coburn Investigate Potential Abuse Within Social Security Disability Program; Ensure Stewardship of Taxpayer Dollars
March 2011
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3/3/11 Senators Coburn, McCain, DeMint, Ensign, Johnson, Paul, Lee, Ayotte Sign Letter Promising to Hold Unconstitutional and Fiscally Irresponsible Bills
February 2011
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2/1/11 Dr. Coburn Commends Senate Appropriations Committee for Imposing Earmark Moratorium
September 2010
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9/16/10 Dr. Coburn Introduces Bills to Prevent Lawmakers, Staff and Federal Employees from Cheating on their Taxes
August 2007
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8/2/07 Dr. Coburn calls Ethics Bill a Landmark Betrayal
July 2007
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7/30/07 Dr. Coburn Disappointed New Ethics Bill Eviscerates Earmark Reform

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