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Transportation, Housing And Urban Development, And Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2010--Resumed

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TRANSPORTATION, HOUSING AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT, AND RELATED AGENCIES APPROPRIATIONS ACT, 2010--Resumed -- (Senate - September 17, 2009)

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AMENDMENT NO. 2410

The PRESIDING OFFICER. The next amendment is amendment No. 2410 offered by Senator DeMint.

The Senator from South Carolina is recognized.

Mr. DeMINT. Thank you, Madam President.

This amendment I hope is a beginning or maybe a turning point for the Senate where we identify wasteful spending and begin to make some progress toward cutting those things that we don't have to do here at the Federal level.

I heard some comments about the amendment yesterday which I don't think accurately reflect what the bill does. We do nothing to cut any defense spending or defense use of this airport. We do nothing to cut any safety aspects such as air traffic control. It is simply for 1 year of this appropriations bill which stops the funding for additional subsidies to an airport that has received $200 million over the last 20 years and has as much subsidy per ticket as passengers pay. This has been the subject of documentaries on many media sources. We need to show America we are listening.

Please support this amendment to cut these funds for 1 year.

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