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‘Clean’ Bill Gives Pork To KY, Widow Lautenberg

From an unquestioning Associated Press:

Shutdown bill has items for states, fed agencies

By ALAN FRAM | October 17, 2013

WASHINGTON (AP) — Here’s a little secret about the bill Congress has approved ending the partial government shutdown and preventing a possible federal default: It’s got goodies for some states and federal agencies too.

There’s language allowing more spending for upgrading a lock in the Ohio River between Illinois and Kentucky; money to help Colorado rebuild roads washed away by last month’s catastrophic floods; extra money to help the Veterans Affairs Department whittle down a backlog of disabilities claims; and permission for the Pentagon to keep helping African nations hunt a notorious warlord.

The AP is too shy to mention it, but this ‘clean’ bill also contains back pay for those poor furloughed federal workers. Oh, yeah. It also appropriates $174,000, the equivalent of a year’s salary for a rank-and-file senator, to Bonnie Englebardt Lautenberg, widow of the late New Jersey Democrat who passed away earlier this year. Senator Lautenberg’s estimated net worth was at least $56.8 million in 2012.

But remember, Obama said he would only sign a ‘clean’ bill. Apparently, ‘clean’ means a bill larded up with things Obama and the Democrats wants. And things that might buy them Senate Republican votes.

One provision would let the government spend $2.9 billion — an increase from the current cap of $775 million — to upgrade the Olmstead lock on the Ohio River.

It gained attention because the two states it straddles are represented by two of the Senate’s most powerful members: the Republican leader, Mitch McConnell, and No. 2 Democratic leader, Richard Durbin of Illinois.

A $3 billion dollar kickback? That’s pretty cheap by Obama-Care standards. Besides, it’s clearly just a coincidence.

Both men said they had nothing to do with the provision, and others backed that up. Aides to Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., and Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., the leaders of a Senate Appropriations subcommittee that oversees water projects, said they had requested the provision…

"This is not an earmark," Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., who with McConnell struck the compromise on the overall shutdown and debt limit bill, told reporters Wednesday…

And we believe Harry Reid. After all, when has he ever lied to us before?

This article was posted by Steve on Thursday, October 17th, 2013. Comments are currently closed.

3 Responses to “‘Clean’ Bill Gives Pork To KY, Widow Lautenberg”

  1. Enthalpy says:

    To suggest that the wimp McConnell is pusillanimous is being too kind. In these times such men should never hold elective office.

  2. GetBackJack says:

    Because, you know, it’s their money .. we play no role in anything other than as tax paying units.

  3. Petronius says:

    Memo to widow Lautenberg:

    “I do think at a certain point you’ve made enough money.”

    – Barack Hussein Obama II

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