The Richmond Register

October 17, 2013

Money for Ohio River dam project in budget bill

Conservatives criticize McConnell for $2.8 billion earmark

Associated Press

LOUISVILLE — A budget deal that ended a partial government shutdown included more than $2.8 million in funding for a troubled lock and dam project on the Ohio River, a crucial shipping route for goods out of the nation’s heartland.

The funds would go to the Olmstead Locks and Dam, which is between Kentucky, home of Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell, and Illinois, home of President Barack Obama.

The project, one of the most costly in the nation, has been running over budget, and work was in danger of ceasing had it not received the cash infusion.

The Senate Conservatives Fund, a group that targets incumbent Republicans it sees as too moderate, attacked McConnell over the funding after he finalized the budget deal with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid on Wednesday.