Senate Republicans Want To Drastically Cut Sandy Aid
Republicans want to reduce the $60.4 billion aid bill to $23.8 billion in immediate disaster relief.
The far smaller initial amount is one of a number of Republican amendments aimed at cutting projects from a bill that they see as a “slush fund” loaded with questionable requests for spending on unrelated programs and big infrastructure…
Democrats argue that the full funding amount is needed to ensure that local businesses, municipalities and transit agencies in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut can launch full-fledged reconstruction projects immediately with the confidence that they will be fully reimbursed. Without the money approved, there will be delays, they say.