Senator Claire McCaskill knows a hypocrite when she sees one:
“I’m going to go to the floor, where I’m going to highlight all the Republican earmarks,” McCaskill warned Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) last week, interrupting his hallway interview with a reporter.
“I’m kind of up to here with this,” said McCaskill, showing with her hand that Republican rhetoric had piled well past her chin.
“You’re not a hypocrite,” she said to Coburn, “but these guys, these appropriators — Mitch McConnell talking about all the pork in the stimulus bill and then he turns around and sticks all the stuff into this [omnibus] bill.”
You go girl.
The earmarks McConnell asked for in the omnibus include $950,000 for the Western Kentucky University bikeway project, $427,000 for the Gunpowder Creek trail in Boone County and $1.6 million for the Forage Animal Production Research Laboratory in Lexington.
In total, McConnell has received 53 of the earmarks he requested, totaling $75.5 million, according to Taxpayers for Common Sense, a nonpartisan group that tracks federal spending. The group provided a list of McConnell’s earmarks, including funding requests made with other lawmakers, to The Hill on Monday.
Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.), one of President Obama’s closest allies in the Senate, plans to take McConnell to task this week over his funding requests.
Senator Mitch McConnell Kentucky's gift to the United State of America!