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Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act of 2012

Floor Speech

Location: Washington, DC


Mr. PAUL. Madam President, this amendment will secure funds for preparing our Nation's bridges. I have stood with the President in the shadows of our crumbling bridges. I told the President personally that I would help to rebuild the bridges.

This amendment should be bipartisan. This amendment should be noncontroversial. This amendment spends no new money and raises no new taxes. This amendment simply takes funds from beautification and puts them into bridges.

As legislators, we need to prioritize and spend money on what is most important to us. Some on the other side may like the beautification projects. We like them also. But we are running a $1.5 trillion deficit, and we must prioritize.

If we wish to fix our Nation's bridges and if we are serious about it, we will pass this amendment, which will immediately create a fund to begin fixing our Nation's bridges.

I reserve the remainder of my time.


Mr. PAUL. Three million dollars was spent on a turtle tunnel. Do you want to keep spending on turtle tunnels or fix our bridges?


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