Debt-ceiling bill funds Kentucky dam project to ire of McConnell foes
October 16, 2013, 6:44 PM
The legislation on raising the debt ceiling and funding the government is out. And there’s some interesting items tucked in.
Here’s some dry language from the legislation:
SEC. 123. Section 3(a)(6) of Public Law 100–676 is amended by striking both occurrences of ‘‘$775,000,000’’ and inserting in lieu thereof, ‘‘$2,918,000,000’’
What’s that? Turns out, the dry language is quite wet: it’s a dam project along the Ohio River, in Kentucky. Click here for a favorable write-up from the Kentucky Corn Growers Association.
Hmm, who negotiated the bill? Sen. Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada, of course, but also Sen. Minority Leader Mitch McConnell — of Kentucky.
That’s got some on the right fired up.
“It’s the Kentucky Kickback,” says this post from the Senate Conservatives Fund. “In exchange for funding Obamacare and raising the debt limit, Mitch McConnell has secured a $2 billion earmark. This is an insult to all the Kentucky families who don’t want to pay for Obamacare and don’t want to shoulder any more debt.”
The SCF has tangled quite a bit with McConnell, and it’s expected to endorse Matt Bevin in the Republican primary in Kentucky next year.