Sen. Tom Coburn Won't Support Federal Aid For Home State of Oklahoma Without Other Budget Cuts

Even after a tornado tore through Sen. Tom Coburn’s home state of Oklahoma, he still won’t budge when it comes to federal relief aid.

For years, Coburn has been a critic of relief aid, arguing it should only be appropriated when there is an equal amount of cuts elsewhere in the federal budget.

"We've created kind of a predicate, that you don't have to be responsible for what goes on in your state," Coburn said on CBS’ Face the Nation.

According to his spokesman, John Hart, Coburn is working with other members of Congress and asking them to reduce budgets of their projects in order to put together a relief bill for his home state.

Coburn voted against Hurricane Sandy aid back in 2011, claiming that it was a grab bag full of pork money going toward non-emergency and unnecessary relief efforts.

"It's just typical Washington B.S.," Coburn said Thursday on MSNBC's Morning Joe. "There's $11.6 billion sitting in a bank account waiting to help people in Oklahoma ... It's a crass political game, because I was being asked these questions before we even pulled the dead people out of the rubble."

According to Coburn, people called his office immediately after the tornado wondering if he would flip his position on relief aid, which, as he has reiterated, is something he is unwilling to do.

Sources: Huffington Post, Washington Post


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