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Powerful appropriator battles Justice Department over prison in Kentucky

Mar 12, 2020 - The Miami Herald

WASHINGTON President Donald Trump's administration went out of its way to skewer plans to construct a new federal prison on top of a Kentucky coal mountain, in a tone that more resembled a Trump tweet than the dull language of a budget request. The $505 million that Congress previously set aside for the project is "wasteful spending," the administration's fiscal 2021 request states. The prison is "unneeded." It is "significantly delayed due to the site selected." And it's not just costly to ta...