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Boehner Agrees to Vote On Sandy Aid Bill Friday

January 3, 2013

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Speaker John Boehner agreed Wednesday to a vote this week on aid for Superstorm Sandy recovery....

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Jan-04-13 5:37 PM

Thank God for the 1000 character limit.

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Jan-03-13 8:09 PM

@Troll, "Why do Democrats always have to load every bill up with billions in pork before they will agree to do the right thing and pass it?" That is a stupid thing to say---BOTH parties are very good at PORK!!

It took two angry REPUBLICAN congressmen from NY State and an angry Governor from New Jersey, Chris Christie. to shame them to vote for the bill... How mean-spirited & insensitive can a REPUBLICAN CONGRESS be??? This isn't about politics-- this is helping people get back on their feet and jump start the NJ economy--SMALL BUSINESES, YOU HAVE ALWAYS CHAMPIONED SMALL BUSINESS.They need help

If this is FEMA, it is a loan, and they will not lend until they are assured you are able to pay it back... We had to borrow from FEMA, after the 1994 Northridge earthquake...Paid back every penny... People may or may not have disaster insurance, but most times disaster insurance has huge deductibles--tens of thousands---that's where FEMA comes in...It would be a loan for the hu

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Jan-03-13 12:48 PM

Why do Democrits always have to load every bill up with billions in pork before they will agree to do the right thing and pass it?

Democrits won't do ANYTHING unless there's a bribe involved. Disgusting.

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Jan-03-13 12:01 PM

I’m all for helping the victims of Hurricane Sandy. But:

$12.9 billion for future disaster mitigation activities and studies, without identifying a single way to pay for it.

$5.3 billion for the Army Corps of Engineers – more than the Corps’ annual budget – with no statement of priorities about how to spend the money.

$336 million for taxpayer-supported AMTRAK without any detailed plan for how the money will be spent.

No effing way. I say, get that garbage out of there and then vote. Sorry, Governor Christie.

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Jan-03-13 7:40 AM

Hoopie, Most of the money will be spent on "public" facilities! Look at the budget of the Cities and Counties and you will find line items for INSURANCE premium payments. Why should our tax dollars be used to "bail-out" insurance companies?

Maybe the insurance lobby is sending more money to the politicians????

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Jan-03-13 7:09 AM

Governor Christie, the key note speaker at the repub convention, cleaned Boehners clock on nat'l TV yesterday calling out the extremist repubs for ignoring millions of Americans in desperate need. One of the greatest tragedies in American history and the extremists turn their backs. The extremist repubs are their own worst enemies. Watch the extremist repubs start canniblizing their own.

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Jan-03-13 1:36 AM

Indeed, even as the GOP lawmakers CELEBRATED the coming votes on the Sandy aid package, there was still a feeling of skepticism as to whether GOP leaders could actually get the bills passed.

"Well, that's my job," Grimm said. "That's the job of the New York and New Jersey delegation. That's not the speaker's job."

UPDATE: 6:38 p.m. -- A Senate Democratic leadership aide said the Senate will seek unanimous consent to pass the $9 billion package on Friday, once it leaves the House.

As for the $51 billion package, "we will need to see more details before we decide how to proceed," said the aide. "As the Senate has shown by passing our bipartisan bill, we consider getting aid to the victims of Sandy a superlative priority, but we need to know more about the contents of the bill before deciding on a path forward."


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