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Conference Report on H.R. 4348, Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act

Floor Speech

Location: Washington, DC


Mr. PALAZZO. Madam Speaker, I want to thank the Chairman for bringing this bill to the floor, and for all the hard work of our conferees in getting us to this point.

Today, I rise before you to remind this body one last time of the importance of Gulf Coast recovery and the importance of passing the RESTORE Act.

Less than a year ago, a small group of Gulf Coast legislators came together with big support from their communities, and a mission to make the Gulf Coast whole.

This was no small effort. But it is the least we could do to show our support once more to all those affected by the single largest manmade disaster in our history.

I am proud to have been a part of this landmark legislation. I want to thank all those who worked so hard with us to make this happen--from my Gulf Coast colleagues to local leaders, business interests to conservation groups.

There were many who said this could not be done in an election year, with so much competing for time on the legislative calendar. But we knew how important it was to pass this bill.

We did not give up because we knew that restoring and replenishing the Gulf Coast is more than just a responsible decision; it is the right thing to do.


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