Carp-barrier funds tucked in Senate spending bill
The Chicago Tribune
Published May 5, 2006
ILLINOIS -- The U.S. Senate passed a spending bill Thursday that includes $400,000 to prevent the shutdown of an electric barrier intended to keep Asian carp out of the Great Lakes.
But it is still unclear if the money will be spent. President Bush has threatened to veto the $109 billion bill, most of which would pay for the war in Iraq and Gulf Coast hurricane relief, because it contains billions for additional projects added by lawmakers.
Senators added an amendment for the carp barrier at the urging of U.S. Sens. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) and George Voinovich (R-Ohio).
If Congress doesn't set aside the money, the Army Corps of Engineers is expected to run out of funds to operate the carp barrier later this month.