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Okla. Projects Wait for Earmark Debate Resolution (Nov 24, 2010)

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — As a debate over earmarks rages in Congress, those involved with some Oklahoma projects are waiting to learn if they'll receive federal funding.

The Tulsa World's Washington bureau reports more than two dozen projects in the state remain on hold as Congress determines how to fund the federal government. Most House and Senate Republicans have embraced a moratorium on earmarks — money included in bills by a lawmaker to benefit a home-state project or interest.

One who hasn't is Sen. Jim Inhofe of Oklahoma. Among his requested earmarks is $9.3 million for a traffic control tower at Tinker Air Force Base. Oklahoma's lone Democrat in Congress, Rep. Dan Boren, also has a list of requested earmarks, including $5 million for a modernization project at the McAlester Army Ammunitions Plant.

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