Billions of pork in new Senate bill; they couldn’t resist

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Americans are learning Thursday morning that while the government shutdown is over for now, billions of dollars in “pork-barrel” projects went into the new stopgap spending bill passed by Congress Wednesday night.

The most expensive is the estimated $3 billion now going to fund a dam project on the Ohio River, “portions of which flow through Illinois and Kentucky, states represented by Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky,” ABC News reported.

Dubbed by some as the “Kentucky kickback,” $2.2 billion is the amount now authorized for the river projects, up from the original $775 million allowed, bringing the grand total close to $3 billion.

According to CNN:

Sounds kinda fishy, but a Democratic senate aid and a Republican senator say it’s on the level. The aide tells CNN that McConnell didn’t push for the project to be included. And Sen. Lamar Alexander, who’s a key figure on the committee that oversees what water projects get what money, says he and another senator asked for the cash. He tells CNN’s Chris Frates the new money — which more than triples the original $775 million — will save the federal government many millions because contracts won’t be canceled due to work stoppages. Still, the Senate Conservatives Fund calls the money a “Kentucky Kickback.”

U.S. Sen. John McCain blasted the dam project, saying he never even heard of it before.

“These people are like alcoholics. They can’t resist taking a drink. It’s ridiculous. It’s absolutely ridiculous,” McCain told the Daily Beast, according to CNN. “It shows that there are people in this body who are willing to use any occasion to get an outrageous pork-barrel project done at the cost of millions and millions of dollars. It’s disgusting.”

Other pork-barrel provisions included death benefits for the widow of deceased U.S. Sen. Frank Lautenberg, “$450 million for rebuilding projects in flood-struck areas of Colorado,” and the following reported by CNN:

There were more agencies that got big money in the bill. Agencies that fight wildfires could get as much as $636 million, depending on how bad it gets in the next year. The mine safety department is getting a bump in the fees it can keep, a $1 million increase to $2.49 million. A watchdog group meant to guard Americans’ right to privacy against overreach by government cyberintelligence will get $3.1 million, which they could use considering the year they’ve had dealing with revelations about the super-secret National Security Agency’s programs. The Hill, a political newspaper, reports that’s double the top amount the five-member panel has been given before.

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129 thoughts on “Billions of pork in new Senate bill; they couldn’t resist

  1. nworbilla says:

    This CR was as “clean” as the government it was supposed to re-open! … FILTHY DIRTY!
    Time for American Citizens to come out of their coma and insist on truth in government.
    dirty harry reid and mcconnell playing footsie [menage a how many other senators for THEIR pork, too?] and mccain’s fake outrage [another LIAR, co-conspirator & traitor] is all too common in the corrupt senate. The shutdown was explicitly engineered by reid and obama [with Jarrett], who outrageously LIED to us all.
    WHO is going to call them to account? Not anyone in the government, that’s for sure … seems they’re all out for what they can get, and kickbacks to each other are key to that.

  2. Allen Kingry says:

    This poll doesn’t seem to be blaming the Republicans or Tea Pary unlike the polls the MSM was crowing about after the “Deal” was cut. Strange!

  3. Ag8tor says:

    The TEA PARTY really bugs you doesn’t it? Good! They make sense about most issues and their benefit to the country. Is that what bothers you? R U starting to feel buyers remorse about your Marxist president? Don’t try to deny it. Hope you wake up before it’s too late.

    1. garyinaz66 says:

      yes the TEA Party is hated by the demoKKKrats and everybody on the big govt TEAT Party.

  4. Gary Ross Calvert says:

    So much for a “clean” bill. Guess pork spending is OK?

  5. Doug says:

    Business as usual.

  6. RUSerious says:

    Thanks to Major Hypocrite Porker from Kentucky – All this pork goes to McConnell!

  7. RUSerious says:

    Anyone who cares about our economy would not waste $14 billion of our money, those who voted for this shutdown should pay for what it cost. Why does this minority hate America?

    1. EliseR says:

      I agree with you, but the estimated costs are $24B, not $14B.

  8. RUSerious says:

    $24 billion lost, $20 billion off our GDP! This is not ‘fiscal conservative’. Never again can the GOP claim they care about our debt or economy with any credibility. They should be made to pay it back to us!

  9. Montesquieu says:

    Although moral standards, civilized institutions, and better ways of doing things have improved our lot, the untamed instincts of mass action and mob violence occasionally bubble to the fore.

  10. Gerald James says:

    Ted Cruz did not lose. He brought the truth to light. Little by little, the darkness will be lifted but only because of people like Ted Cruz. Ted Cruz is a fighter. Just wait until he steps into the ring.

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