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Coburn Report: Congress Targets GAO (Nov 16, 2011)

WASHINGTON - U.S. Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK) released a new report Wednesday arguing against budget cuts to the Government Accountability Office.

The well-known deficit hawk argued for the merits of the GAO, saying that for every dollar spent on the agency, it provides roughly $90 in savings recommendations.

The report says in the past 19 years, the GAO’s workforce has been cut by 40% with its budget slashed by 13% in inflation-adjusted dollars. Coburn said in the past decade, Congress’s budget has nearly doubled to 2.3 billion dollars, increasing nearly twice as fast as inflation.

The state’s junior Republican Senator said every government program and agency, including the GAO, must be thoroughly examined for savings to address the current fiscal crisis.

“Congress has proved incapable of finding answers to the debt crisis, and now it is threatening to muzzle those who can," Coburn said.

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