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Jr Senator; previously Republican Representative (OK-2):
Tom Coburn on the Issues

Tom Coburn on Abortion

  • Voted NO on $100M to reduce teen pregnancy by education & contraceptives. (Mar 2005)
  • Voted YES on banning partial-birth abortions. (Apr 2000)
  • Voted YES on barring transporting minors to get an abortion. (Jun 1999)

Tom Coburn on Budget & Economy

  • Creating deficit is stealing from our children. (Oct 2004)
  • Freeze any increase in spending except homeland security. (Oct 2004)
  • Hard to repay the ever expanding discretionary spending. (Oct 2004)
  • Voted YES on $40B in reduced federal overall spending. (Dec 2005)

Tom Coburn on Civil Rights

  • Voted YES on banning gay adoptions in DC. (Jul 1999)
  • Voted YES on ending preferential treatment by race in college admissions. (May 1998)

Tom Coburn on Corporations

  • Voted NO on repealing tax subsidy for companies which move US jobs offshore. (Mar 2005)
  • Voted YES on reforming bankruptcy to include means-testing & restrictions. (Mar 2005)

Tom Coburn on Crime

  • Voted NO on more prosecution and sentencing for juvenile crime. (Jun 1999)
  • Voted YES on making federal death penalty appeals harder. (Feb 1995)

Tom Coburn on Drugs

  • Voted YES on prohibiting needle exchange & medical marijuana in DC. (Oct 1999)

Tom Coburn on Education

  • The lottery proposal to fund education undermines virtue. (Oct 2004)
  • Voted NO on $52M for "21st century community learning centers". (Oct 2005)
  • Voted NO on $5B for grants to local educational agencies. (Oct 2005)
  • Voted NO on shifting $11B from corporate tax loopholes to education. (Mar 2005)
  • Voted YES on allowing vouchers in DC schools. (Aug 1998)
  • Supports a Constitutional Amendment for school prayer. (May 1997)

Tom Coburn on Energy & Oil

  • Voted NO on disallowing an oil leasing program in Alaska's AMWR. (Nov 2005)
  • Voted NO on $3.1B for emergency oil assistance for hurricane-hit areas. (Oct 2005)
  • Voted NO on reducing oil usage by 40% by 2025 (instead of 5%). (Jun 2005)
  • Voted NO on banning drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. (Mar 2005)
  • Voted NO on starting implementation of Kyoto Protocol. (Jun 2000)

Tom Coburn on Environment

  • Voted NO on including oil & gas smokestacks in mercury regulations. (Sep 2005)

Tom Coburn on Families & Children

No stance on record.

Tom Coburn on Foreign Policy

  • Justices citing foreign law is bad behavior. (Jan 2006)
  • Voted NO on $156M to IMF for 3rd-world debt reduction. (Jul 2000)
  • Voted NO on Permanent Normal Trade Relations with China. (May 2000)
  • Voted NO on $15.2 billion for foreign operations. (Nov 1999)

Tom Coburn on Free Trade

  • Voted YES on implementing CAFTA for Central America free-trade. (Jul 2005)
  • Voted YES on withdrawing from the WTO. (Jun 2000)
  • Voted NO on 'Fast Track' authority for trade agreements. (Sep 1998)

Tom Coburn on Government Reform

  • Rejected a road bill that came with a bribe. (Oct 2004)
  • Voted NO on banning soft money and issue ads. (Sep 1999)

Tom Coburn on Gun Control

  • Both Carson and Coburn have 100% NRA records. (Oct 2004)
  • Voted YES on prohibiting lawsuits against gun manufacturers. (Jul 2005)
  • Voted NO on decreasing gun waiting period from 3 days to 1. (Jun 1999)

Tom Coburn on Health Care

  • Voted NO on expanding enrollment period for Medicare Part D. (Feb 2006)
  • Voted NO on increasing Medicaid rebate for producing generics. (Nov 2005)
  • Voted NO on negotiating bulk purchases for Medicare prescription drug. (Mar 2005)
  • Voted NO on Prescription drug coverage under Medicare. (Jun 2000)
  • Voted YES on banning physician-assisted suicide. (Oct 1999)
  • Voted YES on establishing tax-exempt Medical Savings Accounts. (Oct 1999)

Tom Coburn on Homeland Security

  • Would have voted for the Patriot Act. (Oct 2004)
  • Voted YES on reauthorizing the PATRIOT Act. (Dec 2005)
  • Voted NO on restricting business with entities linked to terrorism. (Jul 2005)
  • Voted NO on restoring $565M for states' and ports' first responders. (Mar 2005)
  • Voted NO on $266 billion Defense Appropriations bill. (Jul 1999)

Tom Coburn on Immigration

  • Voted YES on more immigrant visas for skilled workers. (Sep 1998)

Tom Coburn on Jobs

  • Voted NO on raising the minimum wage to $7.25 rather than $6.25. (Mar 2005)

Tom Coburn on Principles & Values

  • Carson is very bright, intellectually smart and advanced. (Oct 2004)
  • Chose Alan Keyes over George W. Bush in GOP Primary. (Oct 2004)
  • Voted YES on confirming Samuel Alito as Supreme Court Justice. (Jan 2006)
  • Voted YES on confirming John Roberts for Chief Justice of the Supreme Court. (Sep 2005)
  • Religious affiliation: Baptist. (Nov 2000)
  • Rated A by the Club for Growth, strong pro-growth & targeted race. (Sep 2004)

Tom Coburn on Social Security

  • Black men are being penalized by the Social Security system. (Oct 2004)
  • Voted YES on reducing tax payments on Social Security benefits. (Jul 2000)
  • Voted NO on strengthening the Social Security Lockbox. (May 1999)

Tom Coburn on Tax Reform

  • Voted NO on $47B for military by repealing capital gains tax cut. (Feb 2006)
  • Voted YES on eliminating the "marriage penalty". (Jul 2000)
  • Voted YES on $46 billion in tax cuts for small business. (Mar 2000)

Tom Coburn on War & Peace

  • We didn't go to Iraq for WMD's. (Oct 2004)
  • Voted NO on investigating contract awards in Iraq & Afghanistan. (Nov 2005)
  • Voted YES on requiring on-budget funding for Iraq, not emergency funding. (Apr 2005)
  • Voted YES on disallowing the invasion of Kosovo. (May 1999)

Tom Coburn on Welfare & Poverty

  • Voted NO on responsible fatherhood via faith-based organizations. (Nov 1999)