DEPARTMENTS OF TRANSPORTATION, HOUSING AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT, AND RELATED AGENCIES APPROPRIATIONS ACT, 2008 -- (Senate - September 12, 2007)
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AMENDMENTS NOS. 2812, 2813, AND 2814 EN BLOC
The ACTING PRESIDENT pro tempore. There will now be 2 minutes of debate evenly divided before a vote en bloc on amendments 2812 to 2814 offered by Mr. Coburn of Oklahoma.
Who yields time?
The Senator from Oklahoma.
Mr. COBURN. Mr. President, this is a block of three amendments. It is not a great deal of money, but it certainly will send a message to the American people about our priorities. We can build a new visitors center in Louisiana, where 7,000 people are still displaced from Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. We can add on to a baseball stadium which has already run over, and the money is to compensate for the overrun--a priority versus building bridges--or we can markedly expand and remodel a peace garden on our northern border. I would put forward to the body that these are not priorities right now. They are not priorities, when our true deficit this year is going to be about $400 billion. We are going to charge to it our kids. We have the largest deficit and out-of-compliance bridges in our history. Yet we are going to make a choice to spend money on these rather than higher priorities. The American people don't have that luxury with their own budgets. We should not be taking that luxury with their money either.
I yield the floor.