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Rand Paul opposes infrastructure bill, not infrastructure improvements

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Kentucky's U.S. senator Rand Paul says he isn't opposed to fixing the nation's infrastructure despite voting against a bipartisan bill signed into law by President Joe Biden.

Biden signed the $1.2 trillion infrastructure package into law on Monday. It includes money to address the nation's backlog of roads, bridges and other repairs.

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But on Thursday, Paul told WLKY News he voted against the act because it puts the nation into more debt.


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"For years I've had bills that I've introduced to take the money that we've been spending in Afghanistan on their infrastructure, bring that home and spend it here. I've also had another plan called the Penny Bill for Infrastructure, which would force government across the board to cut one percent, take that savings and put it into infrastructure. While I'm a believer in government's role in infrastructure, I'm a believer it should be paid for." Paul said.

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Kentucky will see more than $5 billion of that money.

When the infrastructure measure cleared the Senate, its GOP supporters even included Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell. The package would provide huge sums for highway, mass transit, broadband, airport, drinking and waste water, power grids and other projects.

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