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House OKs $50.7B in Sandy aid

10 weeks after storm strikes northeast, region gets funds

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  • UtahBlueDevil Durham, NC
    Jan. 16, 2013 12:01 p.m.

    @mountainman... that is all fine and good... just we need to apply the same standard on the next national desaster... no help from the feds. It is amazing that with Katrina... we still had a national debt... but no push back on help. When Kansas needed help from the tornado.. again, no push back. Only now, we no longer have the funds to render aid. Perhaps it is coincidence... perhaps not.

    @Danny... I will give you the benefit of the doubt...but where was the Republican plan then. It has been two months. The house did nothing. They need to move past just voting no on things - and actually provide solutions. They voted no on Obamacare... voted to repeal it... well, its law now. I have seen no bills forthcoming to fix the program. Nothing. Again, all they seem to be able to do is vote no. It the current plan is flawed, provide an option. So far, no options to be found.

  • Mountanman Hayden, ID
    Jan. 16, 2013 9:41 a.m.

    @ UtahBlueDevil. The President has falsely painted a picture of mean spirited conservatives who don't care about other people. Nothing could be farther than the truth. The Democrats want to continue to borrow money we don't have, including this disaster relief while conservatives want spending cuts in other areas to offset this disaster relief so the DEBT DOES NOT CONTINUE to explode. Its simple, really, the Democrats are the party of no; no fiscal responsibility.

  • Danny Chipman Lehi, UT
    Jan. 16, 2013 8:59 a.m.

    I don't think the vote was so much whether or not to give victims of Hurricane Sandy aid as just how much we could afford to spend. Money doesn't grow on trees (whatever the Fed would like to think) and this is the costliest aid bill ever to go to Congress. We're not exactly in hot shape, fiscally. Our current Congress has no idea what a rainy day fund is.

    I've really not much idea how the funds are to be used, whether to help support shelters or compensate individuals or families for losses (hopefully they would have insurance for that), or whether the funds go to repairing damaged infrastructure.

    I didn't read the recent article, but a headline claimed people were skeptical about the bill because of some hidden line items not related to Hurricane Sandy. Perhaps I should go double check on it.

  • UtahBlueDevil Durham, NC
    Jan. 16, 2013 6:07 a.m.

    If nothing more is ever said or written about how far partisanship has gone, the fact that this country used to rally around those who needed aide, and now those extensions of aide are subject to partisan votes, shows how base and nasty the war between the two parties has become. The vote, nearly completely on party lines, had democrats lining up to extend aide, and republicans voting against it. The voting line was blatant. It was cold, callus and easy to see.

    Heaven help those residents of Red states should disaster blow across their lands, or roar across their shores that the congressional mix should be aligned in a way where federal aide was denied because the wrong political party was in charge. No longer can you assume that in times of disaster, the nation will come together - but that the politcal color of the states representation will determine if aide is extended.