Press release from the Campaign for Joe Carr for U.S. Senate; October 17, 2013:
Nashville, TN — Citing reports that Lamar Alexander inserted a $2.9 billion earmark for a Kentucky dam project into the bill that ended the government shutdown and raised the debt ceiling, Conservative Republican Senate candidate Joe Carr released the following statement regarding Senator Alexander’s work to include the “Kentucky Kickback” in the final spending deal.
“Senator Alexander’s backroom deal is exactly what is wrong with Washington DC. While conservatives were fighting to reduce spending and stop ObamaCare, Senator Alexander was busy negotiating for an ‘earmark.’ This is a totally unacceptable.”
“John McCain called Senator Alexander’s backroom deal ‘disgusting’. Harry Reid defended it. That should tell Tennessee voters everything they need to know about Senator Alexander’s actions.”
From Bloomberg (10/17/13): Senator Lamar Alexander of Tennessee, the top Republican on the appropriations subcommittee that handles spending on water projects, said in a statement last night that he and the panel’s chairman, Democratic Senator Dianne Feinstein of California, requested the provision.
From the Daily Beast (10/16/13): McCain trashed the provision to The Daily Beast: “These people are like alcoholics. They can’t resist taking a drink. It’s ridiculous. It’s absolutely ridiculous. It should have gone through the normal legislative process. Its their legislative reputation even more and makes it even more difficult for me to vote for the overall bill—which I will. It shows that there are people in this body who are willing to use any occasion to get an outrageous pork-barrel project done at the cost of millions and millions of dollars. It’s disgusting.”
From the Huffington Post (10/16/13): Reid said there’s nothing shady about the “so-called anomaly” tucked into the bill.