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Senate-passed $60.4 billion Sandy aid
package heads to tight-fisted House

Fox News, by Staff

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Posted By:Pluperfect, 12/30/2012 5:53:07 AM

The $60.4 billion emergency-aid package for Hurricane Sandy victims that the Senate has passed now faces an uncertain, final vote in the Republican-controlled House, which has expressed a desire to pass a less-expensive bill in the final days of the lame duck session. The measure passed the Democrat-controlled Senate on Friday by a 62-32 vote, after Republicans failed to pass amendments that would have cut the package to $24 billion. The Congressional Budget Office has estimated that only about $9 billion of the $60.4 billion would be spent over the next nine months.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: Spidey, 12/30/2012 6:04:09 AM     (No. 9089552)

It´s pure insanity that a bill like this would pass despite everybody knowing we face a debt/deficit problem.The fact that a remarkably low amount of the money going to actual hurricane damage,makes it even worse.I guess these bozos figure that no matter how reckless spending is,that it helps the economy.Why does Alaska need $200 million for fisheries? Last time I checked,Alaska had pretty much figured out how to fish.

Once again,house republicans will be demonized for trying to reel all this wasteful pork in.

If this money was spent right,it could be a boon to Ny and NJ´s economies but of course we know it won´t be spent right,especially if a large chunk of it is going to shadowy Obama cronies and union bosses.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: Mr. Hanky, 12/30/2012 6:09:12 AM     (No. 9089554)

Pork, pork, pork, pork, pork...

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Reply 3 - Posted by: gijohn, 12/30/2012 6:14:09 AM     (No. 9089559)

I realize there is a lot of damage from this storm and many lost there homes and businesses, but shouldn´t much of this be covered but insurance. Why am I, living 30 miles inland and at 400 ft, paying to restore ocean front property? Many of these same folks, at least here in Conn., don´t want me to walk on their beach either.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: pineledger, 12/30/2012 6:32:49 AM     (No. 9089571)

Liveshot Schumer´s payback.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: Keekng, 12/30/2012 7:00:48 AM     (No. 9089594)

If "only" $9 billion will be spent in the next nine months, then that is all the money that should be in the bill.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: Chuzzles, 12/30/2012 7:10:35 AM     (No. 9089604)

I think it is time to watch the movie Dave again.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: Malia2012, 12/30/2012 7:21:04 AM     (No. 9089612)

Gee, I didn´t know there were 62 demonrats in the Senate. Proving once again that some "republicans" are just as bad as the demonrats are when it comes to spending OUR money. BTW, where are the names of "republicans" who went along with this outrageous vote. They should be proud..NOT..

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Reply 8 - Posted by: stablemoney, 12/30/2012 7:27:08 AM     (No. 9089619)

People with property should pay the premiums for insurance. They have property, so have the money, but choose not to. That´s fine, but then don´t slough off the losses on taxpayers, who collected no insurance premiums. If taxpayers are going to be insurers, then there need to be premiums, or tough luck. I am not aware of any $60 billion dollar aid packages for conservative hurricanes, just the liberal hurricanes -- Sandy and Katrina.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: JAN, 12/30/2012 7:31:29 AM     (No. 9089626)

Fox has clearly gone over to the dark side.

It´s going to be up to us to speak up and speak out.

Write letters to your local newspapers, call the local talk shows. Perhaps there is still hope for some sanity.

´Tight-fisted´.....for shame.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: Ecclesiastes, 12/30/2012 7:32:57 AM     (No. 9089630)

All spending bills must originate in the House.

This is, to my understanding, unconstitutional.


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Reply 11 - Posted by: Judith, 12/30/2012 7:38:59 AM     (No. 9089640)

Don´t you just love how the "fair and balanced" "news" station headlines this? Sometimes I have fox news on in the background while I´m doing something. I have to check sometimes to make sure I´m not on msnbc....nowadays they frequently sound the same.

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Reply 12 - Posted by: StormCnter, 12/30/2012 8:30:08 AM     (No. 9089714)

I object to the posts indicating this report is somehow critical of the House Republicans. I suspect those House members would take pride in being called "tightfisted", and if you read the article, the writer seems to agree that it´s a good thing. I suspect some of us are way too thin-skinned these days. In this case, "tight-fisted" is a compliment.

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Reply 13 - Posted by: tearza, 12/30/2012 10:01:11 AM     (No. 9089885)

where does this money come from? Do they just punch a computer key and it magically appears.
we do not have anything backing this worthless paper. We are doomed....

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Reply 14 - Posted by: JustCause, 12/30/2012 10:32:59 AM     (No. 9089941)

4 - I had to laugh. All I could picture was a cross-eyed Mel Brooks in Blazing Saddles.

The majority of the package is PORK, nothing to do with Sandy Relief. And YES, all spending bills Constitutionally must be initiated by the House. (but that doesn´t matter in the current administration - Harry Reid gutted a House bill and inserted the Obamacare debacle, then passed it with NO Republican votes - and Roberts called it a Tax)

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Reply 15 - Posted by: JustCause, 12/30/2012 10:34:13 AM     (No. 9089943)

Sorry - it was 2 that gave me the chuckle.

Pork, Pork, Pork, Pork...

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Reply 16 - Posted by: DCGIRL, 12/30/2012 11:23:46 AM     (No. 9090033)

I agree that the spending bills must come from Congress....not originate in the Senate. Also, Chucky Schumer wants this pass ASAP....he would with all the pork. I recommend a Senator or Congressman´s name must be attached to each line item in the budget. This way we the taxpayers can see who is putting in the pork and call them out!!!!!!

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Reply 17 - Posted by: Cor-vet, 12/30/2012 12:04:59 PM     (No. 9090078)

the minority Republicans in the Senate didn´t fail to pass cost cutting amendments, the democrats did!

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Reply 18 - Posted by: whyyeseyec, 12/30/2012 1:07:44 PM     (No. 9090168)

As usual, Congress can`t help its addiction to our money. This is an appropriations bill more than a hurricane relief package. Expect whatever dollar amount finally settled upon to be completely wasted and the Sandy victims left unaided.

Our National Debt Clock just sped up a little.

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Reply 19 - Posted by: oh-heck, 12/30/2012 1:40:07 PM     (No. 9090211)

This bill alone is a year and a half of increased taxes on the rich. This will be going to states that weren´t prepared and the NY transit system that wasn´t smart enough to move their engines and cars to high ground before the hurricane hit. This isn´t government money it is taxpayer money they are giving away.

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Reply 20 - Posted by: TexasHillCountry, 12/30/2012 1:48:03 PM     (No. 9090220)

And as #10 said: Money bills MUST originate in the House of Representatives!

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Reply 21 - Posted by: horacer, 12/30/2012 2:07:32 PM     (No. 9090238)

I didn´t realize Sandy hit Samoa. 58 million for planting trees on private property? It´s unreal. The political class we have is for the most part totally unserious. I trust the House will remain tight-fisted, somebody has to.

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