WASHINGTON — Former Sen. Tom Coburn urged a Senate committee Wednesday to work harder to eliminate government waste, saying it would be a step toward restoring public trust.
"America doesn't trust you anymore," the Oklahoma Republican told the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Government Affairs. "You've lost their confidence. And that's not one party; that's both."
Part of the reason, he said, is because people believe Congress wastes "hundreds of billions of dollars."
He said, "All this waste, all this fraud, all this duplication has a constituency" and lawmakers are afraid of offending voters or donors by cutting it."