The shutdown is over and the debt ceiling will be raised. The Democrats got what they wanted. We keep hearing that House Republicans and conservative Senators like Ted Cruz, Rand Paul and Mike Lee are the big losers of the day. No they aren’t. The American people are the big losers. We get to live with the rotten Obamacare, and we’re still drowning in debt, with no end in sight. But Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell is happy. He got himself a little “Kentucky Kickback” for selling us all out.
The Senate Conservatives Fund released the following statement on McConnell’s bitter
$2 billion $3 billion sweetener. (See update below)
Debt Deal Includes Kentucky Kickback
ALEXANDRIA, VA — The Senate Conservatives Fund (SCF) criticized U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell (R-KY) Wednesday for allowing a $2 billion Kentucky earmark to be added to the debt deal he negotiated with U.S. Senator Harry Reid (D-NV). SCF Executive Director Matt Hoskins made the following statement:
“Americans are familiar with the ‘Cornhusker Kickback’ that Nebraska Senator Ben Nelson was given in exchange for his vote on Obamacare. Well now Kentucky Senator Mitch McConnell has an Obamacare earmark of his own.
“The McConnell-Reid deal not only funds Obamacare and suspends the debt limit, it also includes a provision in Section 123 that increases funding for the Olmsted Locks and Dam in Kentucky from $775 million to $2.9 billion.
“In exchange for funding Obamacare and raising the debt limit, Mitch McConnell secured a $2 billion Kentucky kickback.
“This is an insult to Kentucky families who don’t want to pay for Obamacare and who don’t want to shoulder any more debt.
“Mitch McConnell is trying to blame others for this abuse, but everyone knows he negotiated this deal and everyone knows he wrote the bill. If he didn’t want the earmark included, he could have kept it out.
“Also, this isn’t the first time he has supported funds for this project. He also requested $100 million for it in 2010.
“This is what’s wrong with Washington and it’s what’s wrong with Mitch McConnell.”
Update: According to WFPL the earmark is $3 billion. Great.
Oh, and there is also a provision giving Congress less control over the debt limit. And people say conservative senators and representatives are crazy?
Update 2: Linked by Scared Monkeys – thanks!