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Senate Conservatives Fund Hits McConnell For Getting 'Kentucky Kickback' In Senate Deal

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"It's the Kentucky Kickback," read a statement from the SFC. "In exchange for funding Obamacare and raising the debt limit, Mitch McConnell has secured a $2 billion earmark. This is an insult to all the Kentucky families who don't want to pay for Obamacare and don't want to shoulder any more debt."

SFC pointed to the provision, located in Section 123 of the bill, and recalled the "Cornhusker Kickback," a Medicaid deal Senate leaders offered former Sen. Ben Nelson (D-NE) to win his vote for Obamacare in 2009.

The Olmstead Lock provision was first spotted by E&E/Greenwire reporter Elana Schor.

Update: The Washington Post reported Wednesday night that the funding request appears to have been made by President Obama, and not McConnell.

"We did not request that change," a McConnell spokesman confirmed to TPM.

Sahil Kapur contributed to this post.