Transcript: Senate Democrat Q&A on the Senate’s passage of H.R. 2775 to re-open the government and raise the debt ceiling – Oct. 16, 2013

Partial transcript press briefing Q&A on the Senate’s passage of H.R. 2775 to re-open the government and raise the debt ceiling – Oct. 16, 2013:

Question:
I have a question for Sen. [Dick] Durbin. There’s an appropriations anomaly in this bill that is on the Ohio river contiguous with Illinois. Can you explain why that’s in this piece of legislation?

Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Illinois):
I want to make it a matter of record I did not ask for that.

Sen. Harry Reid (D-Nevada):
Okay everybody. I will – I thought this might come. This is not an earmark. It saves the taxpayers lots of money. It enables the Corps of Engineers to continue a project. Had we not done this – this so-called anomaly, the Corps of Engineers would have to spend before the last day of December $80 billions to stop the project. This project’s been ongoing since 1988. The purpose of it is the construction of locks and a dam that was initiated in the 1930s as a replacement. So there’s no need to point fingers at anyone other than we save the taxpayers tonight about $80 billion. It does nothing to the running of the deficit. It, in fact, saves the government money.

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