Senate Republicans aim to cut Sandy aid bill down to $24 billion | ReutersU.S. Senate Republicans sought to slash a $60.4 billion aid bill to cover reconstruction after Superstorm Sandy, proposing on Wednesday to fund only $23.8 billion in immediate disaster relief while assessing longer-term needs...
"We don't have time right now to get all the way through and analyze the actual losses that were attributable to Sandy," said Republican senator James Inhofe of Oklahoma, adding that the full $60.4 billion looked like a "slush fund."
Although I have no objections to providing assistance in stages, I take objection to Senator Inhofe's remarks. From running through the news stories, I have found no evidence Senator Inhofe has been to Long Island, Staten Island, or the New Jersey shore to view the damage. He is in no position to suggest that the aid request 'looks' like a "slush fund" given his lack of reviewing the damage. He is speculating without any evidence on which to base his assertion.
In addition, the Senate occasionally has to act in a timely fashion. However, he suggested that the Senate doesn't have sufficient time "right now" to analyze the losses. Is that assumption based on the Senate's recessing in a business-as-usual fashion or after a much shorter-than-usual recess strictly for the holidays?