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Senator Coburn Issues Statement on Govt. Reopening

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OKLAHOMA CITY Okla_ Oklahoma Senator Dr. Tom Coburn, who voted against the bill to reopen the government until Jan. 15 and extend the debt ceiling until Feb. 7, released the following statement after the bill passed.

"Washington doesn't need short-term budget and debt limit extensions as much as we need a long-term spending addiction recovery plan. The American people should do what any responsible parent would do if their adolescent child couldn't handle the responsibility of a credit card. We should cut up the credit card and live within our means. With this agreement, the hard decisions we have to make have only been put off for another day, when our fiscal problems will be bigger and more painful to solve. It's time to make tough choices now."

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