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Coburn: 'Laziness' in Congress Has Fed Growing Power in the Executive Branch

Will argued it's not just a systemic problem that allows the executive to undermine the legislative branch, but a matter of having the right leaders.

“Give me a half-a-dozen more Tom Coburns and we will change policy in Washington,” he said.

Coburn agreed that leadership makes a difference.

“The people that know that refuse to come and sacrifice their time, their money and their reputations to make the changes that are necessary here,” he said. “There are hundreds of thousands of Tom Coburns out there. The question is will they make the sacrifice to come here and get beat up to do what they know is in the best long-term interest of our country.”

“What we’ve got to be doing is recruiting those that have benefitted greatly from this country, that have the skills and knowledge to come up here and get us back in the direction that our founders intended us to go,” he added.

At the end of the discussion, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) strode out onto stage to hand an antique rifle to Coburn, who is retiring at the end of the current congressional session, as a lifetime achievement award for his time served in Congress.

McConnell told the CPAC audience that liberals hated it when Coburn stepped on to the Senate floor.

“He isn’t afraid about anything or anyone,” McConnell said. “He never put himself above the cause.”