Friday evening's ABCNews channel published an insightful look into Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell's past few days since the end of the government shutdown. Several issues were brought up, one in particular being the so-called "Kentucky Kickback" allegations being thrown at him.
One of the most disarming questions McConnell has had to address was the reasoning behind the addition of over $2.1 billion, earmarked for the Olmsted Locks and Dam project, a part of which is in Kentucky. In his defense, McConnell, in an interview with Politico said:
"The Army Corps requested it, both House and Senate passed an authorization for it, and every senator — every single one — had a chance to review it and ask for it to be taken out."
The question many are asking is, "How did a supposedly "clean continuing resolution" end up having a barrel of pork added to it?" In addition to the funds earmarked for the dam project, added appropriations brought the total to $3.0 billion in pork added to the "clean CR."
By definition, a continuing resolution is a measure to continue funding the federal government at pre-approved levels without debating a new spending bill. A clean CR is one that allows the government to continue running with no strings attached. From every indication, there were a number of strings attached.
Now, it appears those additional appropriations were added to the resolution illegally. And if this is true, then the public needs to ask their lawmakers why they voted for the bill, knowing those additions were included in the package.