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Response to BlueToTheBone (Reply #7)

Fri Oct 18, 2013, 08:58 AM

9. It was a bipartisan decision, so hopefully we will see more of this.

Although the funds will go toward a dam and locks river project in McConnell’s home state, Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN) said that he and Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) were responsible for its inclusion in the final version of the bill.

“According to the Army Corps of Engineers, 160 million taxpayer dollars will be wasted because of canceled contracts if this language is not included. Sen. Feinstein and I, as chairman and ranking member of the Energy and Water Appropriations Subcommittee, requested this provision. It has already been approved this year by the House and Senate,” Alexander said. And a Democratic Senate aide told CNN that McConnell didn’t advocate for it to be in the bill.


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