Coburn looks to attach $20 billion in cuts to small business bill

Coburn’s announcement came not long after Sen. Rand PaulRandal (Rand) Howard PaulHouse bill set to reignite debate on warrantless surveillance Authorizing military force is necessary, but insufficient GOP feuds with outside group over analysis of tax framework MORE (R-Ky.) announced that he would offer an amendment to the small business bill that would slash $200 billion in spending this fiscal year.

While the small business legislation has already hit the Senate floor, it’s far from clear when the measure will get a vote. Congress is expected to be away from Washington next week, and the Senate still needs to consider the short-term spending measure the House passed on Tuesday.

Coburn’s other proposed cuts are to: eliminate duplicative government programs fingered in a recent GAO report ($5 billion, his office says), do away with unemployment payments to millionaires ($20 million), roll back the government’s buying of new cars ($900 million), eliminate funds for “covered bridges” program ($8.5 million) and stop government funding for public broadcasting ($550 million).

Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) has also offered amendments to the small business measure that would, among other things, take aim at Planned Parenthood and the health care overhaul.