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Tom Coburn: Sequestration Shows How Washington Is 'Dysfunctional In A Dysfunctional Way'

03/10/2013 01:44 pm ET | Updated Mar 10, 2013

Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) did not mince words about sequestration on Sunday.

In an interview on NBC's "Meet The Press," Coburn railed against the automatic spending cuts, clamoring how "easily $200 billion a year" could be saved by eliminating "totally ineffective or duplicative programs."

"Washington is dysfunctional, but it's dysfunctional in a dysfunctional way," Coburn said. "Members of Congress and the administration agree on too much. We agree on spending money we don't have. We agree on not over sighting the programs that should be over sighted. We agree on continuing to spend money on programs that don't work or are ineffective. Basically we agree on too much."

Coburn has been emphatic about cutting waste, penning a series of letters containing suggested cuts other than those included in sequestration. Two weeks earlier, he also appeared on Fox News Sunday, criticizing the Obama administration for exaggerating the impact of sequestration on the economy.

"It is a terrible way to cut spending, but not to cut 2.5 percent over the total budget over a year when it is twice the size it was 10 years ago? Give me a break," Coburn said. "We see all these claims about what a tragedy it's going to be."

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