Sen. Tom Coburn’s fight against a package of public lands bills wasn’t as lonely on Friday, as he got some encouraging words from GOP Sen. Jeff Sessions, of Alabama.
In the midst of a battle that may force the Senate into a rare Sunday sessions, Sessions went to the Senate floor today to praise Coburn for sticking to his principles and objecting to spending that he considers wasteful.
Sessions said a lot of politicians promise their constituents that they’re going to fight against wasteful spending.
“The only difference is: He does it,” Sessions said, referring to Coburn, R-Muskogee.
Coburn objected last year to a number of bills that would expand heritage trails or national parks. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has packaged about 150 bills up and is trying to push them through in a single piece of legislation. Coburn is objecting.
The stand-off will force a number of procedural votes before senators can actually vote on the entire package. One of those procedural votes is scheduled for Sunday.