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(WASHINGTON, D.C.) – U.S. Senator Tom Coburn, M.D. (R-OK) released the following statement today regarding his amendments to the "minibus" appropriations bill, HR 2112. Coburn amendment 791, ending direct payments to farmers with annual incomes exceeding $1 million, passed by a margin of 84 to 15. Roll call vote: here. Coburn amendment 796, prohibiting the repayment of federal loans with federal grants, passed by a margin of 73-26. Roll call vote: here. Coburn amendment 792, ending HUD payments to slumlords endangering the lives of children and needy families, failed by a vote of 59 to 40. Roll call vote: here.

"It is the height of hypocrisy for politicians to complain about tax rates for millionaires while ignoring spending programs for millionaires. Before raising taxes on the rich Congress should first stop spending money on the rich. Sending direct payments to farmers who make more than $1 million a year is a de facto tax increase on every middle and low-income family who doesn’t receive this special benefits from Washington. I’m pleased the Senate accepted my amendment,” Dr. Coburn said regarding the passage of amendment 791.

“We have nearly 4,000 public housing properties in the United States with health and safety deficiencies. Greedy slumlords looking out for their own self-interests put peoples’ lives at risk every day while continuing to get money from the federal government. Instead of passing an amendment that stops these payments while protecting the needy, slumlords are going to continue to leaving people at risk of significant harm,” Dr. Coburn said regarding the Senate rejecting amendment 792.

Additional background on amendments here.

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