Included in the McConnell-Reid bill that ends the government shutdown, funds Obamacare and lifts the debt ceiling, is apparently a roughly $2 billion increase in the authorization for the Olmsted Lock and Dam project in Kentucky, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell’s home state. However, there appears to be much more to the story. The alleged earmark package is being referred to as the “Kentucky Kickback” by the Senate Conservatives Fund as McConnell’s political opponents [...]
Senate Conservatives Fund
SCF Executive Director Matt Hoskins made the following statement:
‘Americans are familiar with the 'Cornhusker Kickback' that Nebraska Senator Ben Nelson was given in exchange for his vote on Obamacare. Well now Kentucky Senator Mitch McConnell has an Obamacare earmark of his own.
‘The McConnell-Reid deal not only funds Obamacare and suspends the debt limit, it also includes a provision in Section 123 that increases funding for the Olmsted Locks and Dam in Kentucky from $775 million to $2.9 billion.
‘In exchange for funding Obamacare and raising the debt limit, Mitch McConnell secured a $2 billion Kentucky kickback.
‘This is an insult to Kentucky families who don't want to pay for Obamacare and who don't want to shoulder any more debt.
‘Mitch McConnell is trying to blame others for this abuse, but everyone knows he negotiated this deal and everyone knows he wrote the bill. If he didn't want the earmark included, he could have kept it out.
‘Also, this isn't the first time he has supported funds for this project. He also requested $100 million for it in 2010.
Anyone else sick of this having to pass the bill first to see what's in it routine?‘This is what's wrong with Washington and it's what's wrong with Mitch McConnell.’