Newsletter Sep 22, 2010

Federal Employees and Congressmen Don’t Deserve Special Treatment

Dear Supporter,

Did you know that nearly 100,000 civilian Federal employees owe back taxes totaling $962 million?

Or that Congressional staff were delinquent on their taxes to the tune of $9.3 million last year?

In other words, the two entities responsible for writing tax law, collecting your taxes, and spending it are failing to live by the same rules.

This past week, I introduced two bills aimed at correcting this situation.

S. 3790 will bar Federal employees who are seriously delinquent on their taxes from further Federal employment. Exceptions will be made for those who have agreed to payment plans or who are still pursuing their due process rights.

S. 3791 will require members of Congress to disclose any unpaid taxes, face an ethics inquiry and garnishment of their wages. I believe that voters have a right to know if their federal legislators are failing to pay their fair share in taxes.

No one should be above the law, especially those responsible for making and enforcing it on our behalf. Our leaders have an obligation to lead by example, and at a very minimum, they must be held to the same standards enforced on their fellow citizens. I am hopeful that S. 3790 and S. 3791 will get us one step closer to that goal.

If you would like to read more about the legislation, the text can be found at Additionally, the “IN THE NEWS” section below contains further details. If you have suggestions or feedback, please e-mail me at

Keep fighting!

Tom A. Coburn, MD


Senator Coburn Wants Federal Employees Who Owe Taxes To Pay Up Or Lose Jobs

NewsOn6: "Don't pay your federal taxes? Don't expect to get a paycheck from the federal government. That is the message U.S. Senator Tom Coburn, R-Oklahoma, wants to send federal employees with two new bills he introduced to address the problem of federal employees, members of Congress and staff who are seriously delinquent in paying Uncle Sam." Read more…

Coburn urges transparency about lawmakers' personal tax debts
Washington Post: “As Congress prepares to debate income tax rates affecting nearly all Americans, Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.), thinks lawmakers have an obligation to be more transparent about their own tax debts to federal, state and local governments.” Read more…

In the past 30 days, the national debt has grown by $107 billion, or $345 per man, woman, and child in this country.
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