FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
February 4, 2021
Contact: Press@paul.senate.gov, 202-224-4343
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, in a continuation of his efforts to rebuild our bridges and roads here at home, U.S. Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) introduced two amendments that would prioritize funding for Kentucky and the nation’s critical infrastructure projects. By redirecting just one percent of non-infrastructure spending and funds from certain foreign aid development programs to domestic projects, these amendments would ensure more of Kentuckians’ hard earned tax dollars are spent on important projects in their own backyards and communities.
Senate Amendment #377 – This amendment would initially redirect 1% of non-infrastructure spending to infrastructure projects, providing an almost $60 billion in additional funds this year, and more than $450 billion over 10 years. With these funds redirected, infrastructure projects such as the Brent-Spence Bridge – which has been an issue concerning Kentuckians for over a decade – could finally receive the funding it so desperately needs.
Senate Amendment #441 – This amendment redirects money from Foreign Economic Development programs to domestic infrastructure projects in the U.S. This provides an additional $26 billion this year, with an additional $263 billion over the next 10 years.
“I know how important these infrastructure projects are, and I want to ensure Kentucky isn’t hurt or left behind by a Congress who can’t figure out how to put our communities’ needs first. Kentucky shouldn’t suffer because Washington is unwilling to cut less-important spending,” said Dr. Paul. “My amendments would ensure more of your hard-earned tax dollars are allocated to infrastructure projects right here in your communities, not sent overseas or spent on wasteful programs.”
Sen. Paul has long been a champion on the issue of prioritizing Kentucky’s infrastructure projects, and in past years he has introduced his similar Penny Plan for Infrastructure as both stand-alone legislation and as an amendment.