Olmsted Dam http://wfpl.org en Olmsted Dam Supporters Defend $3 Billion for Kentucky Project in McConnell-Reid Deal http://wfpl.org/post/olmsted-dam-supporters-defend-3-billion-kentucky-project-mcconnell-reid-deal <p>Pushing back against criticisms that's it's a <a href="http://wfpl.org/post/mcconnell-reid-deal-includes-3-billion-earmark-kentucky-project">"kickback" for Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell</a>, business leaders in Western Kentucky are defending efforts to pay for the Olmsted Dam and Lock in the bill ending the government shutdown.</p><p>The language in the McConnell-Reid deal increased the funding cap on the project from $775 million to $2.9 billion, which conservative critics blasted as a so-called "Kentucky Kickback" earmark.</p> Thu, 17 Oct 2013 20:10:33 +0000 Phillip M. Bailey 7249 at http://wfpl.org Olmsted Dam Supporters Defend $3 Billion for Kentucky Project in McConnell-Reid Deal McConnell-Reid Deal Includes $3 Billion Earmark for Kentucky Project http://wfpl.org/post/mcconnell-reid-deal-includes-3-billion-earmark-kentucky-project <p>A <a href="/post/senate-leaders-announce-budget-deal">proposal</a> 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.</p> Wed, 16 Oct 2013 23:16:50 +0000 Phillip M. Bailey 7237 at http://wfpl.org McConnell-Reid Deal Includes $3 Billion Earmark for Kentucky Project