Senate bill includes $2.9B for Ohio River Olmsted Dam project

10/17/2013 | WFPL-FM (Louisville, Ky.) · · Roll Call (free content)

A provision in the Senate's debt-limit-agreement deal involves increasing the funding cap for the Olmsted Locks and Dam project on the Ohio River in Olmsted, Ill., raising it to $2.9 billion from $775 million. Critics blasted the deal as "pork" and an "earmark," but Kentucky's business leaders and leaders in both parties were quick to defend it, citing the need to upgrade U.S. dam infrastructure. "This is not an earmark," said Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nev. "It saves the taxpayers lots of money. It enables the Corps of Engineers to continue a project."

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