Saturday, December 4, 2010

Coburn Blamed For Saturday Senate Vote

From Politico ~ Oklahoma Sen. Tom Coburn appears to have been the Republican who objected to a Democratic proposal to hold four votes Friday on tax cuts — a move that prompted Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) to schedule a rare Saturday voting session.

Senators and aides grumbling about coming to Capitol Hill on Saturday morning for a vote are pinning the blame on Coburn, whose spokesman is pointing the finger back at Reid.

Coburn was furious over suggestions that a deal may be cut to move a massive omnibus appropriations bill this year - rather than a flat-funded continuing resolution, according to two senior GOP aides.

"He was apoplectic," one senior GOP aide said, which prompted Coburn’s objection.

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