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    Senate Republicans aim to cut Sandy aid bill down to $24 billion

    From Reuters:

    U.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."
    Senate Republicans aim to cut Sandy aid bill down to $24 billion | Reuters

    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?

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    Re: Senate Republicans aim to cut Sandy aid bill down to $24 billion

    Quote Originally Posted by donsutherland1 View Post
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    Senate Republicans aim to cut Sandy aid bill down to $24 billion | ReutersAlthough 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?
    Think there's any chance that Inhofe might have reviewed the categories that made up the total for the 60 billion? Probably several million in there for the ever lovely Michelle to take a trip with her mother somewhere.

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    Re: Senate Republicans aim to cut Sandy aid bill down to $24 billion

    Quote Originally Posted by Ray410 View Post
    Think there's any chance that Inhofe might have reviewed the categories that made up the total for the 60 billion? Probably several million in there for the ever lovely Michelle to take a trip with her mother somewhere.
    Feel free to support this idea with evidence.
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    Re: Senate Republicans aim to cut Sandy aid bill down to $24 billion

    From USA Today:

    Tempers flared Wednesday after the GOP-led House left town without considering aid for Superstorm Sandy, as a senior New York lawmaker blasted House Speaker John Boehner and his fellow Republicans for leaving victims in the lurch.

    "Turning your back on people who are starving and freezing is not a Republican value," said Rep. Pete King, R-N.Y., during an interview Wednesday on CNN.


    Anger erupts after House scraps vote on Sandy aid

    In response, Governors Cuomo and Christie have released the following joint statement:

    With all that New York and New Jersey and our millions of residents and small businesses have suffered and endured, this continued inaction and indifference by the House of Representatives is inexcusable. It has now been 66 days since Hurricane Sandy hit and 27 days since President Obama put forth a responsible aid proposal that passed with a bipartisan vote in the Senate while the House has failed to even bring it to the floor. This failure to come to the aid of Americans following a severe and devastating natural disaster is unprecedented. The fact that days continue to go by while people suffer, families are out of their homes, and men and women remain jobless and struggling during these harsh winter months is a dereliction of duty. When American citizens are in need we come to their aid. That tradition was abandoned in the House last night.

    The people of our states can no long afford to wait while politicians in Washington play games.


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    IMO, it is unfortunate that the House leadership decided to play politics with what is perhaps the 2nd costliest natural disaster in U.S. history. This is neither an act of leadership nor an exercise in fiscal responsibility. If anything, it is a short-sighted and cheap gimmick to substitute for the lack of credible fiscal consolidation program that should have been adopted well before the 112th Congress concluded. No such program was adopted, not even in the House. No such program was even introduced by the very same House Leadership during the fiscal cliff debate.

    In the wake of building criticism, look for excuse-making from the House Leadership to increase. Promises to make the aid a priority will probably be peddled in a bid to evade responsibility for the Leadership's choice not to hold a vote on the package. There was ample time to review the package, as the package was introduced 27 days ago. Governors Cuomo and Christie are on the mark in describing the House Leadership's action as a "dereliction of duty."

    This is yet another example of how one can turn states "blue" for the long-term in elections. Actions have consequences.

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    Re: Senate Republicans aim to cut Sandy aid bill down to $24 billion

    Even the conservative Republicans like King and Christie are outraged at the stupidity of Congressional Republicans in opposing relief to the hurricane victims.

    The GOP is coming apart at the seams, since it's totally intellectually bankrupt.

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    Re: Senate Republicans aim to cut Sandy aid bill down to $24 billion

    All this time, with Obama doing nothing to help the Sandy victims and all of a sudden the Dems are going to get their panties in a knot over a spending bill.

    I'm with Ray410: Where's the money really going to get spent?
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    Re: Senate Republicans aim to cut Sandy aid bill down to $24 billion

    I don't think it is as intellectually bankrupt as it is morally. The Republicans fight tooth and nail for tax breaks for the rich, wont stand for a dime out of the military budget...yet they do this? I really don't get why anyone votes for them.

    Maybe it has something to do with fox saying over and over it was Obama's Katrina during the election?
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    Even the conservative Republicans like King and Christie are outraged at the stupidity of Congressional Republicans in opposing relief to the hurricane victims.

    The GOP is coming apart at the seams, since it's totally intellectually bankrupt.
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    Senate Republicans aim to cut Sandy aid bill down to $24 billion

    Lets give them a trillion! Make it 2 trillion! Apparently that's what American government is for.... To make it rain like their in a strip club.

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    Re: Senate Republicans aim to cut Sandy aid bill down to $24 billion

    Perfect example. Is a natural disaster something like going to the strip club? really. Yea, make it rain...
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    Lets give them a trillion! Make it 2 trillion! Apparently that's what American government is for.... To make it rain like their in a strip club.
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    Re: Senate Republicans aim to cut Sandy aid bill down to $24 billion

    And a quick internet search reveals the answer to our questions.

    An additional $13 billion has also been added in to protect against future storms, a cost some Republican lawmakers say isn’t emergency-related and should be scaled back.

    Other sweeteners include $150 million for fisheries in Alaska and the Gulf of Mexico, and $125 million for a Department of Agriculture program that would help Colorado cope with summer wildfires.


    Read more: Pet projects tacked on to Sandy relief bill | Fox News
    It's not just a emergency relief bill, it's also filled with vote buying pork.

    I think it needs to be trimmed down, too! Good for the Republicans for standing their ground!
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