The question I have for the Senate is, Has your government gotten out of control?’” Paul said. Do we really want to live in a country where you have to count how many barnacles there are before you rebuild a bridge?

The Senate did, however, clear a rival amendment offered by Environment and Public Works Committee Chairwoman Barbara BoxerBarbara Levy BoxerThe ‘bang for the buck’ theory fueling Trump’s infrastructure plan Kamala Harris endorses Gavin Newsom for California governor Dems face hard choice for State of the Union response MORE (D-Calif.) that would express the non-binding sense of the Senate” that agencies ought to work as quickly as possible while implementing all existing laws. 

My amendment instructs the agencies that the Senate supports a speedy process which is already in the law to review and approve projects, Boxer said. Sen. Pauls amendment is a broad overreach that would endanger the safety of the people every senator represents ... It is an overreach. It is radical.

Paul, however, seized on the fact that there is no force of law behind Boxers amendment, dismissing it as say something and do nothing. 

Pauls amendment was actually stopped on a technicality. Democrats objected to it, saying it did not conform to the Budget Act. Paul requested a waiver, which was denied 42-54.