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Senator Calls for Defense Spending Cuts
OKLAHOMA CITY, OK –Oklahoma Senator Tom Coburn wants to cut defense spending in his new report, and says Republicans are turning a blind eye to military spending.
"There's a little problem in terms of the Republican Conference in terms of having a blind eye on spending. It's OK to cut spending anywhere except the Defense Department and to be legitimate and have any integrity on the issue you have to look and everything has to be on the table” says Coburn.
Coburn says the pentagon has a six billion dollar budget, and believes around five to eight percent can be cut.
Coburn’s report outlines how the department of defense can save almost sixty-eight billion dollars by making cuts without cutting vital defense priorities.
The report also shows defense dollars are being spent on programs and missions that Coburn believe have little, or nothing to do with national security.
Some of those programs include studying slang on Twitter, Pentagon-branded beef jerky, and smartphone apps to remind a person when it’s time to take a coffee break.
Coburn says instead, the money could be used for supplies and weapons for the United States military.
Coburn says the United States can’t have a strong military, without a strong economy.
Posted: Thursday, November 15 2012, 09:49 PM CST
IN OKLAHOMA NEWS
Tornado watch issued for western, central Oklahoma
May 18, 2013 22:57 GMT
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- A tornado watch is in effect for western and central Oklahoma.
The weather system brought severe thunderstorms to the Altus and Clinton areas, as well as Harper County late Saturday afternoon. There were no reports of rotation as evening approached but the tornado watch lasts until 11 p.m. Saturday.
The dangerous weather is forecast to continue into Sunday night as the system progresses to the east.
The tornado watch area Saturday stretched from eastern edge of the Panhandle to include the Oklahoma City area.
Forecasters warn that the system could also bring large hail.
The National Weather Service in Norman reports tennis ball-size hail along U.S. 62 near the border of Harmon and Jackson counties in the state's far southwest.
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