By Bernie Becker - 03/15/11 11:52 PM EDT
Coburn’s announcement came not long after Sen. Rand Paul (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.