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House OKs $50.7B Aid Bill

But efforts to pay for Sandy relief with cuts are shot down

January 16, 2013

WASHINGTON (AP) — More than 10 weeks after Superstorm Sandy brutalized parts of the heavily populated Northeast, the House approved $50....

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Jan-16-13 5:15 AM

"The Senate approved a $60 billion measure in the final days of the Congress that expired on Jan. 3,..." "But House Speaker John Boehner unexpectedly postponed the vote in the final hours of the expiring Congress as he struggled to calm conservatives unhappy that the House had just approved a separate measure raising tax rates on the wealthy."

Lives, homes and businesses destroyed in Sandy but the far right would not provide relief because a separate bill raised taxes on the wealthy? I laugh when you hear low hanging fruit talk about Obamas class war. The class war is and has been about the wealthy protecting their personal interests above those of the country.

Disasters can happen in any part of this great country. For the "fiscal conservatives" who delayed help to the northeast, while fighting a class war against the middle class, hopefully you have built up enough of a disaster fund within your own state, as what you give in this world is what you

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Jan-16-13 5:21 AM

get back.

Interesting to note that many of the far right extremists who delayed and voted against Sandy relief for the northeast, come from states that get more $ back from DC than they send to DC. Most of the states in the northeast send more to DC than they get back.

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Jan-16-13 5:24 AM

WASHINGTON -- Rep. Peter King (R-N.Y.) is going after his fellow House Republicans after party leaders pulled a Hurricane Sandy relief bill from a floor vote on Tuesday, saying that New York and New Jersey residents should stop giving these lawmakers political contributions.

"I'm saying right now, anyone from New York or New Jersey who contributes one penny to congressional Republicans is out of their minds," he said in an interview on Fox News. "Because what they did last night was put a knife in the back of New Yorkers and New Jerseyans. It was an absolute disgrace."

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Jan-16-13 7:32 AM

goosey, Take a good look at the houses in the picture! Looks like the tax payers in the US will be building NEW houses to replace 70-90 year old houses....Destroyed by Sandy????

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Jan-16-13 9:05 AM

Let's see. Capito and McKinley voted AGAINST the amendment adding $33 billion to the original $17 billion, but then turn around and vote to approve the whole $50 billion.

Way NOT to stand on principle Dave and Shelly!

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Jan-16-13 9:06 AM

.... and what ever happened to private homeowner insurance???

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Jan-16-13 10:33 AM

The first rule of politics is to mislead people and then send them off clucking like chickens. So they held the bill up because Republicans were afraid that the money would be given to Dem politicians for their campaigns? Amazing. I thought they were going to use the money to buy gas for UFOs. We should be outraged by politicians who took advantage of the disaster to hang personal pork barrel projects on the appropriation that had nothing to do with the storm AT ALL. No, we invent some wild idea that it was held up by Republicans for fear that the money would be given back to Dem politicians IN THE STORM area for campaigns. Plum nuts. $430 million to Hollywood for movies and $90 million to NASCAR...that is storm relief?

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Jan-16-13 11:08 AM

Can the Democrit Senate propose a SINGLE bill that isn’t loaded up with NEW SPENDING PORK for Democrits to pass out as bribes to their voters?

Apparently not. Never let a crisis go to waste, Democrits. Kids, you get the bill (burp).

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Jan-16-13 3:38 PM

As long as one single cent of pork is in this bill it should not be approved. Get rid of the pork and give Sandy victims what they need.

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Jan-16-13 7:27 PM

Why buy insurance? The Almighty Gov wil take care of you.

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Jan-17-13 10:48 PM

can't AEP get some of this free money?

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