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DEC 23, 2013 - Huffington Post

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Tom Coburn And Mike Lee Block Al Franken's Mental Health Bill

GOP Sens. Tom Coburn (Okla.) and Mike Lee (Utah) are blocking legislation sponsored by Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) geared at strengthening mental health ­programs across the country. According to a Star Tribune report Monday, anonymous sources have confirmed that Coburn and Lee oppose the bill because they believe that states -- rather than the federal government -- should govern how mentally ill people are treated. Franken declined to confirm the identities of the senators to the Star Tribune, but said that lawmakers are being heavily lobbied behind the scenes to allow a vote on the bill, ... Read More

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