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Democratic Senators Ask for Oil Impact Funding to be Restored

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A bill to send money to oil impacted areas could end up being the most contentious bill as the legislative session winds down.

The Senate Appropriations Committee defeated an amendment this afternoon to restore $400 million to the bill.

But Democrats say their fight to get the funding returned is not over.

They plan to offer the same amendment when the bill is voted on in the full Senate, which could be Friday.

The Senate last week cut $400 million targeted to roads, schools, cities, hospitals and other services in oil impacted areas.

Senators have been told the cuts would show up in other bills.

Sen. Tim Mathern / (D) Fargo "If all of those things they said will be coming in other bills then we won't need this. But right now we need it. If we don't do this, my concern is that western ND becomes a deteriorating part of our state. Eventually becoming an industrial wasteland.">>

The Senate Appropriations did add $65 million to the oil impact grant fund. That's on top of $100 million the Senate Tax and Finance Committee previously added.

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