House and Senate committees held fewer and fewer hearings between the 96th and 109th Congresses, according to data Coburnís staff collected from the University of Texas at Austin and the Brookings Institution.
There has also been a decline in the number of amendments considered on the Senate floor as well as in the number of roll-call votes taken, the report states ó both are ways that the public can keep tabs on what their lawmakers are doing.
The report also contends that while the Congressional budget has increased by nearly 50 percent in the past decade, the GAOís budget has seen little increase over that period. All the while, Congressional requests for GAO reports are on the rise.
Though Coburnís spokesman did not say specifically what he would be willing to accept from appropriators, the strong tone of the report suggests that Coburn would be unhappy with any reduction.
If the legislative branch spending bill comes to the floor, Coburn could offer an amendment to restore funding to fiscal 2011 levels.
Former Sen. Scott Brown, R-Mass., candidate for U.S. Senate in New Hampshire, holds his hand over his heart during the singing of the national anthem as he waits to take the stage for his town hall campaign rally with Sen. John McCain at the Pinkerton Academy in Derry, N.H., on Monday, Aug. 18, 2014.