October 17, 2013

McConnellBut one of the most notable additions to the 35-page bill was a $2.1 billion increase in funding for a dam under construction on the Kentucky-Illinois border, which just happens to be the home turf of Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.). It has raised the alarm bells of conservatives, who have long complained about Republicans who spend heavily on their home states. One group, the Senate Conservatives Fund, immediately christened the dam project the “Kentucky Kickback.”

“The McConnell-Reid bill not only funds Obamacare and suspends the debt limit, it ALSO includes a provision…that increases the authorization for the Olmsted Lock in Kentucky from $775 million to nearly $3 billion,” writes SCF in a statement. “In exchange for funding Obamacare and raising the debt limit, Mitch McConnell has secured a $2 billion earmark.”

SOURCE: Conservatives Rail Against “Kentucky Kickback” Dam Project Inserted In Bill To End the Shutdown | TIME.com.

I’ll bet you thought that the bill that speeded through congress yesterday only contained the two or three things being reported by the talking heads? Nope, it was 35 pages long and mostly earmarks as rewards for some of the main players. The biggest was as shown above to Mr. McConnell’s district.  The Republicans continuously rant about all the spending but still manage to get their pork-barrel things in almost every bill. I guess this $2 billion dollar project will have to be offset by further reductions in food stamps or some such “entitlement” things.  Nothings seems to change……


One response to Earmarks…..


    Yup, not a tea party person. McConnel is old school and will find his backing not so strong next time around. Loads of trust was lost on that deal. He is in a tough race and thought he could sweeten the pot for his constituents.