Interestingly enough the deal includes over $2 billion in additional funding, on top of current capitalization, that will be headed to McConnell’s home state of Kentucky for the Olmstead Dam Lock in Paducah, KY.
A proposal to end the government shutdown and avoid default orchestrated by Republican Leader Mitch McConnell and Democratic Leader Harry Reid includes a nearly $3 billion earmark for a Kentucky project.
Language in a draft of the McConnell-Reid deal (see page 13, section 123) provided to WFPL News shows a provision that increases funding for the massive Olmsted Dam Lock in Paducah, Ky., from $775 million to nearly $2.9 billion.
The dam is considered an important project for the state and region in regards to water traffic along the Ohio River.
As The Courier-Journal’s James Bruggers reported in 2011, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers said they needed about $2.1 billion for the locks due to “stop and go funding.”
Asked about the additional funding in the proposal, McConnell spokesman Robert Steurer directed all questions to lawmakers who worked on the bill directly.
I have no beef with the people of the great state of Kentucky but Mitch McConnell you make me sick. Hundreds of millions of people were counting on Republicans to stand strong and you sold us out for a dam and 30 pieces of silver.
The Senate passed the measure 81-18 and the House followed suit just a few hours later by a tally of 285-144. Both were landslide margins.
The Dallas News reports:
With the Treasury Department warning that it could run out of money to pay U.S. obligations within a day, the Senate voted overwhelmingly Wednesday evening, 81-16, to approve a proposal hammered out by the chamber’s Republican and Democratic leaders after the House on Tuesday was unable to move forward with any resolution. The House followed suit a few hours later, voting 285-144, to approve the Senate plan, which would fund the government through Jan. 15 and raise the debt limit through Feb. 7.
Most House Republicans opposed the bill, but 87 voted to support it. The breakdown showed that Republican leaders were willing to violate their informal rule against advancing bills that do not have majority Republican support in order to end the shutdown. All 198 Democrats voting supported the measure.
The Senate vote was 81-18 to my knowledge. That is simply a typo by the Dallas News. Either way whether 16 voted against or 18 doesn’t matter. It was a landslide in which a lot of republicans in both chambers voted for this deal.
So in the end the Democrats stuck to their guns as expected and the RINOs sold us out. Nothing was done about Obamacare and now America is stuck with broken promises from our Republican congressmen who vowed to find a way to defund and defeat Obamacare.
They bought into the hype of the default and blinked first. There was no compromise, to my knowledge, but at least Mitch McConnell got some money for a damn fine dam. In the end these are the things that really matter to our legislators.
We will await tomorrow for more details from all of the major news outlets and hope, likely in futility, that the republicans got something for our side besides the dam. It’s not looking good however.