May 18 2010
The upcoming "emergency" spending bill that will include supplemental war appropriations and other items, could cost as much as $60 billion, none of which is paid for. In a letter to his colleagues, Dr. Coburn urges Congress to act responsibly by offsetting the cost of the bill with cuts to lower-priority federal spending.
While the needs of our military men and women must be fully met, providing the necessary equipment and supplies needed for a safe return home, continuing to spend money we do not have will only lead us further down an unsustainable course. As a result of Congress' inability to make tough decisions, billions of taxpayer dollars continue to fund wasteful, inefficient and politically-motivated projects within the Department of Defense that provide very little value to our troops.