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Funds for lock and dam included in government funding bill, McConnell criticized for measure
Reported by: Associated Press
Reported: Thursday, October 17, 2013 2:48 PM EDT
A budget deal that ended a partial government shutdown included an authorization for $2.9 billion 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 project, one of the most costly in the nation, has been running over budget, and work was in danger of ceasing had the funding level not been authorized.
The Senate Conservatives Fund, a group that targets incumbent Republicans it sees as too moderate, attacked McConnell over the lock and dam provision after he finalized the budget deal with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid on Wednesday.