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Obama signs $12.3 billion water projects bill



WASHINGTON (AP) - Capping a rare instance of congressional compromise, President Barack Obama signed a $12.3 billion water projects bill Tuesday, financing improvements ranging from a harbor expansion in Boston to flood control in Iowa and North Dakota.

Obama praised the work of Democrats and Republicans and said he hoped it set a pattern for agreement for more spending on capital works projects across the country.

"Right now we should be putting a lot more Americans back to work rebuilding our infrastructure," he said. "There are a lot of guys with hardhats sitting at home."

The new law will pay for 34 new projects over the next 10 years. Its price tag is half the amount of the last water projects bill seven years ago. Congressional leaders have praised the bill for containing no pet projects from lawmakers, the kind of targeted, congressionally directed spending that had angered the public and helped fuel the tea party movement.

All of the projects were recommended by the Army Corps of Engineers.

Obama singled out the bill's main negotiators - Democratic Sen. Barbara Boxer of California and Republican Sen. David Vitter of Louisiana, Republican Rep. Bill Schuster of Pennsylvania and Democrat Nick Rahall of West Virginia.

"They set aside politics, they focused on what was important for the country and what was important for their communities," he said. "And as a consequence we have a piece of legislation that is really going to make a good difference."

He urged lawmakers to use the same spirit of compromise to act on a massive transportation bill. He warned that without action, 100,000 projects could come to a standstill, affecting 700,000 jobs.

"The fact that this bill received some bipartisan support I think hopefully sets a pattern for additional work," he said.

Though some conservative groups argued the bill still contained unnecessary spending, it had broad support from state and local officials and business groups such as the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

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EzinWy June 10 2014 at 1:03 PM

The U.S. government's great ponzi scheme continues ...

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prnyl June 10 2014 at 1:11 PM

It is amazing that in elelction years these pork barrel projects get approved so the politicians can have something to point to in trying to convince the clueless voters that they are effective and should be re-elected

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dago&betty June 10 2014 at 1:03 PM

Where is all this money coming from../???????..2014 2016

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lesturgill June 10 2014 at 1:14 PM

When bills make sense and are negotiated in a bi-partisan manner, this is the result. The problem is that Obama and the Democrats pushed through a bevy of ridiculously expensive bills - including the "Affordable" Care Act - when the had full control of Congress. And Obama has acted unilaterally via "executive fiat" to twirst and change aspects of those bills to best suit the political moment. This has rubbed Republicans the wrong way and they have countered accordingly.

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Easter Gorilla June 10 2014 at 1:22 PM

$12 billion ..... borrow the money from the Fed (they can simply print it) or other countries (China?) .... bottom line, it will further increase the Federal debt, but no one seems to care, least of all Congress!! After all, it's only a small price to pay for reelection insurance!!

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Eileen Easter Gorilla June 10 2014 at 3:03 PM

I agree but do not tthink anyone in congress should get one vote this election.Out with all of them.

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Iselin007 Easter Gorilla June 10 2014 at 6:29 PM

The government can print their own money so they should do that an help the unemployed!

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fcollinshughes Iselin007 June 10 2014 at 10:39 PM

ANOTHER CLUELESS LEFTWING who thiks printing money comes without a HUGE PRICE COMPLETE DOLT

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songbirdgray Iselin007 June 11 2014 at 12:01 AM

GIVE US A BREAK, YOU CAN'T BE SERIOUS.

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arkady967 June 10 2014 at 1:11 PM

There's always bipartisan agreement on pork.

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cqdeed arkady967 June 10 2014 at 1:39 PM

When the two parties are at each other's throat is when we get the best bills. When they are cozy with each other or one party controls both houses of Congress is when the public gets screwed over big time.

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savannahswithgod cqdeed June 10 2014 at 4:26 PM

'We' getting the best bills, that is funny!

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tmccull52 June 10 2014 at 1:06 PM

Hokey smokes, you mean that the United States federal government isn't completely gridlocked in partisian politics? Will wonders never cease.

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ddacarrier46 June 10 2014 at 1:08 PM

Gee David Vitter has been against everything this administration has attempted to do...now he wants to run for Gooberner(governor) of Louisiana and wants to be at team player....still no vote from me.

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Angelo June 10 2014 at 1:11 PM

is the republicans also ******* up to Obama now they are gutless and don't have any balls

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HI June 10 2014 at 9:13 PM

Where are we headed as a country when necessary spending to modernize the country and keep us competitive with everyone else in the world is derided by the idiots on here as pork? Is everything pork to you morons?

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Natalie Roshon HI June 10 2014 at 10:22 PM

I think some people just feel more important when they get to throw around catchy political jargon like "pork bill" -- even if it is completely out of context, they get to put someone down, and complain about SOMETHING. Ridiculous.

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jebocc HI June 10 2014 at 10:42 PM

Bacon and Bud.....a Bagger's breakfast.

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