“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?”
“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. Paul’s 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 Boxer’s amendment, dismissing it as “say something and do nothing.”
Paul’s 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.