ABC Evening News for Monday, Jun 19, 2000
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(Studio: Peter Jennings) The look at how the government spends taxpayers' money introduced.
(Saint Louis: James Walker) Army Corps of Engineers project to study whether the locks on the Mississippi River should be enlarged to deal with barge traffic examined; details given from internal memos stating the plans must be approved. [Tugboat operator Bob WILSON - says the Mississippi is crowded.] [Army Corps of Engineers Donald SWEENEY - says expanding the locks would be a waste.] Sworn statement from Sweeney's replacement that he was told to change a key economic number to justify the Corps' project noted. [Representative Tom DASCHLE - says the books are cooked because the Corps wants to grow.] The view that Corps wants to spend a billion dollars so it will have work to do noted.
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