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Senate Proceeding on Jul 30th, 2009 :: 3:55:35 to 4:06:20
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John McCain

3:55:22 to 3:55:42( Edit History Discussion )

John McCain: than road and bridge construction and maintenance. let me repeat, $78 billion on projects other than the construction and maintenance of roads and bridges. and where did it go? according to the g.a.o., over

John McCain

3:55:35 to 4:06:20( Edit History Discussion )
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John McCain

3:55:43 to 3:56:04( Edit History Discussion )

John McCain: $2 billion was spent on 5,547 projects for bike paths and pedestrian walkways. bike pathsnd pedestrian walkways. as one example, they identified an $878,000 project for a pedestrian and bicycle bridge for a minnesota town of 847 people.

John McCain

3:56:05 to 3:56:28( Edit History Discussion )

John McCain: now, i don't know what that works out to be, but just roughly i think it about $1,000 per person. you know, i'd be interested to know how many inhabitants actually use that bridge. and we all know about the bridge to nowhere. perhaps this is the bridge for no one.

John McCain

3:56:29 to 3:56:50( Edit History Discussion )

John McCain: another $850 million went for 2,772 "scenic, beautification an landscaping projects around the country." $84 million was spent on roadkill prevention, wildlife habitat connectiveity and highway runoff pollution mitigation projects.

John McCain

3:56:51 to 3:57:13( Edit History Discussion )

John McCain: another $84 million went to 398 pedestrian and projects. now, i don't mean to diminish safety, but doe really need spend federal dollars for brochures like the one we cited in our report that encouraged

John McCain

3:57:14 to 3:57:34( Edit History Discussion )

John McCain: bicyclists -- quote -- "make eye contact, smile, or wave to communicate with motorists. courtesy and predictability are a key to another $28 million went to the transportation museums -- transportation museums a $215 million went to scenic or

John McCain

3:57:35 to 3:57:57( Edit History Discussion )

John McCain: historic highway programs. and the list goes on. you know, i know that americanss find these numrs disturbing, as i do. theyhould. congress is not focused on our nation's transportation priorities. we should not forget that two

John McCain

3:57:58 to 3:58:20( Edit History Discussion )

John McCain: years ago, the 35 west bridge over the mississippi river collapsed during rush hour, killing 13 and injuring 123 more of our fellow citizens. that traj nationwide -- that tragedy exposed a nationwide problem of deficient bridges. according to the department of

John McCain

3:58:21 to 3:58:41( Edit History Discussion )

John McCain: transportation, in 2008, of the nation's 151,394, or 2, of our bridges are deficient. over 71,000 of them had significant deterioration and reduced load carrying

John McCain

3:58:42 to 3:59:05( Edit History Discussion )

John McCain: capability, and almost 80,000 didn't meet current design standards. so we've been spending billions of dollars on bike paths, museums, landscaping, and roadkill reduction programs. part and parcel of the problem, obviously, is the addiction to

John McCain

3:59:06 to 3:59:26( Edit History Discussion )

John McCain: earmarks. the 19 -- as i mentioned before, the way that the earmarks have grown. one of the standard arguments made by the earmarkers and pork-barrelers in congress, is "it's always been like this." "it's always been like this." "we've always had congressional better than the bureaucrats do

John McCain

3:59:27 to 3:59:47( Edit History Discussion )

John McCain: where the taxpayers' money should go." frankly, i agree with sometimes that's the case if it competes with other programs, if it is scrutinized and authorized by but what we do is that we earmark these pork barrel

John McCain

3:59:48 to 4:00:08( Edit History Discussion )

John McCain: projects and many times let's have straight talk, mr. president, they are in return for campaign contributions corruption much people are under investigion. lobbyists' offices are raid by the f.b.i. and again i'm not going to

John McCain

4:00:09 to 4:00:29( Edit History Discussion )

John McCain: repeat what i said to the senator from oklahoma but the 1982 highway bill had ten -- count 'em, ten -- ten demonstration projects and it was in

John McCain

4:00:30 to 4:00:52( Edit History Discussion )

John McCain: none, $6.1 billion. 1998, up to 1,084, totaling $9.3 billion. and 2005, 5,634 earmark projects totaling $21.6 billion of american taxpayers' dollars. that's where you find the bicycle paths and the beautification

John McCain

4:00:53 to 4:01:14( Edit History Discussion )

John McCain: trails and earmarked by specific members of congress and meanwhile we have 25% of our bridges that are deficient and 71,000 of have significant deterioration and reduced load-carrying capability and 80,000 that don't meet current design standards.

John McCain

4:01:15 to 4:01:39( Edit History Discussion )

John McCain: what are we going to say to the taxpayers of america if, god forbid, that's another bridge collapse? what do we say to them? we took their tax dollars and built a museum instead of fixing their bridges and highways to ensure their safety?

John McCain

4:01:41 to 4:02:02( Edit History Discussion )

John McCain: well, maybe, just maybe if we hadn't spent $21.6 billion on earmarked projects, maybe some of that money, just maybe, some of that money might have gone to fix the design problems on the bridge over the mississippi. maybe not. maybe we didn't know. i'm not making a

John McCain

4:02:03 to 4:02:25( Edit History Discussion )

John McCain: but it seems to me soor or later if you earmark as much $21.6 billion to museums and bicycle paths and brochures, sooner or later the priority projects suffer. now, again, projects originally

John McCain

4:02:26 to 4:02:47( Edit History Discussion )

John McCain: authorized including $3.2 billion for landscaping enhancements along the ronald reagan freeway. i wonder how turns other in his grave and i bet he was spinning. $480,000 to rebill state a

John McCain

4:02:48 to 4:03:08( Edit History Discussion )

John McCain: warehouse on the erik canal and construction of horse riding trails in virginia i will notice that all of these projects earmarked to a specific locality. that's, among other things, what they have in common. $2.5 billion for the daniel boon wilderness trail.

John McCain

4:03:09 to 4:03:29( Edit History Discussion )

John McCain: and $400,000 to redesign the erie canal museum and $400,000 for jogging, bicycle, and trolley trail this columbus, georgia. the list goes on and on. no one thinks our nation should be without flowers, fairies, bike paths and boat museums but today we have to make choices

John McCain

4:03:30 to 4:03:51( Edit History Discussion )

John McCain: about priorities and how we spend limited resources. this has to be considered in the backdrop of this year a $1.8 trillion deficit, the largest in the history of this since world war ii. and there's no end in sight.

John McCain

4:03:52 to 4:04:13( Edit History Discussion )

John McCain: it's aost overwhelming a $1.8 worse, it's -- no way out. no one knows of a plan to bring us to fundamental reform of medicare and social security. and here before us on health care reform we see another $1 trillion piled on that.

John McCain

4:04:14 to 4:04:35( Edit History Discussion )

John McCain: when are we going to decide that dollars tdollars to rehabilitate and redesign museums? for trails? for beautification of landscaping enhancements? not when we have other priorities in transportation that have to do with the safety of our citizens.

John McCain

4:04:36 to 4:04:56( Edit History Discussion )

John McCain: i want to thank the senator from oklahoma for continuing advocacy for the taxpayers taxpayers -- of america and i regret that neither he o i will be elected miss congeniality in the united states senate again this year

John McCain

4:04:57 to 4:05:18( Edit History Discussion )

John McCain: but i also believe the american people are beginning to wake up and they are beginning to get angry. we saw this in the tea parties that took placell over this country. i hear it and see it in response to my twitters, over a million people now follow my twitters.

John McCain

4:05:19 to 4:05:40( Edit History Discussion )

John McCain: and my tweets. and they are very interested in this. we're going to post all of these. we're going to post all and let the american people know where their taxpayers -- their dollars are going. i urge my colleagues, for once catch up with the american people and start becoming fiscally conservative.

John McCain

4:05:41 to 4:06:01( Edit History Discussion )

John McCain: one of the best ways we can be careful stewards of their tax dollars is to as our highest priority their safety as ty travel the highways and cross the bridges of the united states of america. mr. president, i yield the

John McCain

4:06:09 to 4:06:20( Edit History Discussion )

John McCain: the presiding officer: the senator from alabama is recognized. mr. sessions: mr. and mrs., what time is remaining o time is remaining o

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