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Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2013

Floor Speech

Location: Washington, DC


Mr. CLARKE of Michigan. Mr. Chairman, my amendment would add $10 million to the Federal Transit Administration's formula and bus grants. I do this to give our elderly and physically disabled a chance to get around their community.

Many of our disabled and elderly aren't working. They don't have the money to afford a car, to afford car insurance, especially in the city of Detroit where insurance rates are really prohibitive for many people. This allocation of an additional $10 million would provide the elderly and our citizens who are physically disabled with the mobility that they need to enjoy their lives, and I urge your support.

Mr. Chairman, I yield back the balance of my time.


Mr. CLARKE of Michigan. Mr. Chairman, I do understand the procedural limitations raised by the gentleman from Iowa on my amendment. My goal here was to provide those citizens with physical disabilities some way to get around their community because, many times, even if they can afford to buy a vehicle or auto insurance, they may not be able to drive that vehicle.

I look forward to working with the subcommittee chair, the gentleman from Iowa, on other ways that we could better serve our citizens who are elderly and who have physical disabilities.


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