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Forum staff reports, Published December 18 2010

Failed bill in U.S. Senate contained flood-control funds for area

WASHINGTON – A catchall spending bill dropped Thursday in the U.S. Senate contained funding for several North Dakota projects, including almost $9.5 million for Fargo flood control.

The bill would have also given almost $80 million to other North Dakota water, military and flood protection projects, according to a statement from Sen. Kent Conrad, D-N.D.

Senate Democrats abandoned the bill after failing to garner Republican support.

“What people need to understand is that eliminating earmarks won’t save the nation one dime,” Conrad said in a statement. “But now it will be Obama administration officials rather than North Dakotans deciding how the money is spent.”

According to Conrad’s office, the bill contained funding requests – aka earmarks – for many North Dakota water projects, including the $9.5 million for Fargo.

Other water projects around the state were as follows: