OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - The U.S. Senate said it is considering a water resources bill that includes money for Oklahoma lakes and local water projects, as well as the Tar Creek federal buyout.
Sen. Jim Inhofe co-wrote the legislation and promoted its passage, but Sen. Tom Coburn voted to block the measure from being considered, calling it a pet project.
In a story from The Oklahoman's Washington bureau, Coburn said it's shameful that lawmakers are funding pet projects before approving an emergency war spending bill for Iraq and Afghanistan.
Inhofe rejected the argument that the bill was full of unnecessary pork projects, saying deficiencies throughout the nation's infrastructure couldn't be ignored or they would stunt economic growth.
Besides a possible $30 million in Tar Creek funding, the money would authorize numerous water and sewer projects across Oklahoma.