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FLASHBACK: COBURN CALLED GEORGE ALLEN'S TIME IN THE US SENATE "AN ORGY OF PORK-BARREL SPENDING"

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May 24, 2012
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FLASHBACK: COBURN CALLED GEORGE ALLEN'S TIME IN THE US SENATE "AN ORGY OF PORK-BARREL SPENDING"

Allen consistently supported higher spending while opposing common sense budgeting rules 

Tom Coburn flip flopped faster than Mitt Romney today, endorsing US Senate candidate George Allen 48 hours after describing his tenure in the Senate as "a missed opportunity of tremendous proportions." While campaign observers may still be suffering from whiplash, here are some facts to get you back on track:

Coburn: Republicans "Embarked On An Orgy Of Pork-Barrel Spending" When Former President George W. Bush Was In Office. According to The Daily Oklahoman, "Coburn says Republicans 'embarked on an orgy of pork-barrel spending and expanded the welfare state' when they controlled the U.S. House and former President George W. Bush was in office." [The Daily Oklahoman, 4/18/12]

Allen Said He Favored Earmarking; "Every Single Earmark I've Gotten, I'm Proud Of." According to the Fredericksburg Free Lance-Star, "Allen, a Republican, told the crowd that he favored the congressional practice of 'earmarking' legislation -- that is, attaching funding for home-state (or -district) projects to larger bills without subjecting the add-ons to normal budgetary scrutiny. 'Every single earmark I've gotten, I'm proud of,' the senator said." [Fredericksburg Free Lance-Star, 3/25/06]

PolitiFact: Claim That Allen Voted For 40,000 Earmarks Is "Mostly True." According to PolitiFact, "Radtke claims that Allen, during his term in the Senate, voted for 40,000 earmarks. We have one quibble. Allen did not vote on the earmarks individually. The items were attached to massive appropriations bills supported by Allen that kept the federal government operating. The earmarks amounted to less than 3 percent of the spending contained in those laws. But unlike a few lawmakers, Allen never protested the secretive earmark process by voting against an appropriations bill. He went along with the system and said he was 'proud' of the earmarks he got for Virginia. The appropriations bills Allen backed had 52,319 earmarks, according to the Citizens Against Government Waste. Radtke attaches a smaller number to Allen, but we won't penalize her for understating her case. So Radtke's statement is accurate but needs clarification. We rate it Mostly True." [PolitiFact, 4/18/12]

Allen Repeatedly Voted Against Restoring Fiscally Responsible PAYGO Budgeting Rules. Allen voted against efforts to restore pay-as-you-go (PAYGO) rules and create a 60-vote point of order against any spending or revenue legislation that increases the on-budget deficit or cause an on-budget deficit. Tax cuts and new entitlement spending would have to be offset with revenue increases or spending cuts. [Vote 38,3/14/06; Vote 340, 11/17/05; Vote 283, 11/3/05; Vote 53, 3/16/05; Vote 38, 3/10/04; Vote 200, 5/23/03]