Sen. McConnell Secures $3B For Kentucky in Debt Ceiling & Shutdown Deal

Thursday, October 17, 2013

At the very last minute the House of Representatives approved a Senate Deal to end the government shutdown and avoid a possible debt default.

As it turns out, the deal struck between Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell has something tucked away in it that directly benefits Kentucky, the home state of Sen. McConnell.

A section of the bill secures close to $3 billion in funding for one of Sen. McConnell's pet projects: A dam project on the Ohio River.

Phillip Bailey, political editor at WFPL, has been reporting on this story from Louisville, KY. He joins The Takeaway to explain.

Guests:

Phillip Bailey

Editors:

T.J. Raphael

Comments [2]

Charles

So we hear John Hockenberry say, "Let's not be conspiratorial here..." while he advances this entire story as a conspiracy theory, without so much as a statement supporting the story from any of the principals.

I will be interested in John Hockenberry and The Takeaway keeping us informed about more federal pork-barrel spending in the future. But what I expect is that The Takeaway's pork barrel stories will be strictly limited to Republicans facing primary challenges.

Listening to this, John Hockenberry's personal disdain for Senator McConnell is obvious.

Oct. 17 2013 07:38 PM
CAROLINE from NJ USA

It's the same old story: when something bad happens in my yard I want government money to support me and my community, but if something happens in your yard, and your yard is in a different state, or district where there is prejudice against "those" people then anything turns hateful. Oh, geez! Butter would not melt in, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell's mouth.

I hope the Koch Brothers and all the million/billionaires got their pants scared off with their support of Tea Party gov shutdown disasters, and debt limit near super-disastrous consequences. Wealthy people think they know best, wanting to protect THEIR OWN, but everything can't be controlled with money. You need a brain attached that recognizes what it is to be compassionate, and a heart that understands and expresses empathy. May the unenlightened find both!

Oct. 17 2013 01:55 PM

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