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Water Resources Development Act of 2007--Continued

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WATER RESOURCES DEVELOPMENT ACT OF 2007--Continued -- (Senate - May 15, 2007)

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AMENDMENT NO. 1089 TO AMENDMENT NO. 1065

Under the previous order, there will now be 2 minutes of debate equally divided on amendment No. 1089 offered by the Senator from Oklahoma, Mr. Coburn.

Mr. COBURN. Mr. President, the amendment is very simple. There are three visitor centers now within 77 miles of the proposed site of this visitors center. Thousands of people, tens of thousands of people in Louisiana still live in trailers. We are going to add a fourth visitors center, and that duplicates exactly the same thing in the area.

It may be a good idea. I am not against it. But how dare we spend money and authorize a project when we haven't taken care of the folks of Louisiana. All this says is, we set priorities. We make sure the people of Louisiana are out of their temporary housing and into permanent housing before we go about spending millions of dollars on a visitor center. It has been stated that there would be no cost, as the center has already been built.

I ask unanimous consent to print in the Record an e-mail I received today from the Corps of Engineers saying this center has not been built and will, in fact, expend a great deal of Federal taxpayer money when it is.

There being no objection, the material was ordered to be printed in the RECORD, as follows:

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